Pharmacy Technician Salary

pharmacy-technician-salary-chart.jpgA pharmacy technician is a professional who makes up medicines under a pharmacist’s supervision. His or her job consists of measuring, mixing, counting, packaging, labeling and recording dosages and quantities of medicine according to what’s prescribed by a doctor or other medical professional.

Salaries

The mean annual wage of a pharmacy technician was $30,430 as of May, 2012. The lower 10 percent earned a salary of $20,580, while the upper 10 percent earned a salary of $42,400. Most pharmacy technicians work in stores that specialize in health or personal care. Other technicians work with wholesale drugstores and general stores. Others work for on-line stores or in department stores. However, the industries that offer the highest salaries for a pharmacy technician is the executive branch of the Federal Government, the military, outpatient centers, doctor’s offices, colleges, universities and vocational schools and consulting firms. Those pharmacy technicians who work for the Federal Government have the highest hourly mean wage at $19.54.

Location

The states who hire the greatest number of pharmacy technicians are California, with 30,540, Texas, with 27,660, Florida with 23,490, New York with 16,260 and Illinois with 15,740. Pharmacy technicians who work in California have the highest annual mean salary at $39,150.

Prospects

The prospects for a pharmacy technician are excellent as they can work in many locations. As the population ages, there will be increasing need for health professionals of all kinds. The job is expected to grow 20 percent between the years 2012 and 2022.

Pharmacy Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $17,870 $24,710 $35,980 $25,750
Alaska $28,120 $39,070 $52,330 $39,520
Arizona $23,190 $31,960 $42,590 $32,240
Arkansas $19,870 $24,990 $35,610 $26,190
California $27,310 $37,980 $52,890 $39,150
Colorado $23,170 $32,220 $42,890 $32,380
Connecticut $21,900 $30,730 $45,390 $32,310
Delaware $19,040 $25,910 $40,260 $27,670
Florida $20,500 $27,800 $37,560 $28,410
Georgia $18,190 $26,620 $37,500 $27,180
Hawaii $25,840 $36,780 $47,540 $36,960
Idaho $21,720 $30,090 $38,820 $30,400
Illinois $20,990 $28,620 $38,820 $29,950
Indiana $19,810 $27,100 $36,860 $27,530
Iowa $20,640 $27,610 $37,390 $28,280
Kansas $20,500 $28,050 $38,000 $28,680
Kentucky $17,780 $24,600 $35,380 $25,510
Louisiana $21,250 $28,430 $37,980 $29,180
Maine $20,480 $28,160 $38,180 $28,930
Maryland $21,280 $29,950 $44,300 $31,640
Massachusetts $22,030 $31,290 $44,550 $32,240
Michigan $19,120 $27,360 $37,400 $27,840
Minnesota $21,840 $31,480 $44,240 $32,150
Mississippi $18,330 $25,670 $35,830 $26,310
Missouri $20,130 $26,770 $38,340 $27,820
Montana $24,870 $31,210 $41,340 $32,060
Nebraska $20,820 $27,420 $36,290 $27,770
Nevada $25,040 $33,300 $46,540 $34,240
New Hampshire $20,530 $27,310 $38,400 $28,290
New Jersey $21,800 $30,210 $44,660 $31,850
New Mexico $21,520 $29,190 $41,720 $30,460
New York $20,280 $30,360 $44,360 $31,010
North Carolina $18,620 $27,130 $37,990 $27,740
North Dakota $24,550 $31,910 $44,040 $32,770
Ohio $19,310 $26,740 $37,250 $27,430
Oklahoma $19,100 $25,650 $35,870 $26,350
Oregon $25,660 $34,870 $45,020 $34,840
Pennsylvania $19,020 $27,920 $39,140 $28,840
Rhode Island $20,710 $29,200 $43,450 $30,440
South Carolina $19,430 $27,650 $38,500 $28,260
South Dakota $21,820 $27,990 $36,680 $28,460
Tennessee $20,510 $27,760 $37,780 $28,450
Texas $22,660 $30,980 $41,100 $31,460
Utah $23,580 $31,460 $38,660 $31,160
Vermont $21,390 $28,970 $41,110 $30,160
Virginia $20,690 $28,410 $39,720 $29,350
Washington $30,160 $39,310 $50,560 $39,630
West Virginia $17,950 $24,460 $35,600 $25,580
Wisconsin $20,780 $28,160 $37,780 $28,770
Wyoming $25,530 $34,010 $41,880 $33,610