Pharmacy Technician Salary

The salary of a Pharmacy Technician depends on several factors. These include aspects such as whether you are certified; How much experience you have; What state you are working in; What fields you have worked in before; What aspect of the industry you are working in; and your level of certification. According to cross-referenced statistics from the PCTB Council official website, PayScale and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean average annual Pharmacy Assistant Salary is around $29,500 a year. For more details on the salaries earned by Pharmacy Technicians see the section below.

 Professional Description

Pharmacy Technicians are recognised by three main categories. These include intern level, un-qualified pharmacy assistants who are not yet certified, Certified and Licenced Pharmacy Technicians holding a Pharmacy Technician Certificate, and Associates Degree Level Pharmacy Technicians who are working towards a higher formal pharmacy degree.

 How Much Does a Pharmacy Technician make Annually?

The Average Salary of a Pharmacy Technician in the United States is $31,000 as per data drawn from indeed.com and PayScale.com.
The average median salary of a Pharmacy Technician according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (US) is:

    Average Annual Salary: $30,410
    Average Hourly Rate: $14.62

It’s important to note that these are average amounts. There are Pharmacy Technicians earning between $20,000 and $45,000 per year, depending on their level of experience, geographical location and which field of Pharmacy they are working in.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also published the following information regarding Pharmacy Technician Salary Statistics:

Percentile Bracket Average Annual Salary Average Hourly Salary
90% $45,030 $21.65
70% $37,280 $17.92
50% $30,410 $14.62
25% $24,470 $11.91
10% $20,950 $10.70

 Top Paying Industries in the US

As mentioned before, there are different industries within Pharmacy where a Pharmacy Technician can be employed. The industry you choose to work in will affect your salary. The table below will help you see what you can expect to earn where. The salaries quoted are the median in each field.

Industry Mean Annual Wage Mean Hourly Wage
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) $42,060 $20.22
Out Patient Care Centres $40,250 $19.35
Offices of Physicians $39,760 $19.12
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $36,550 $17.68
Health and Personal Care Stores $29,610 $14.23

 Top Paying States in the US

The Pharmacy Technician salary you can expect to earn differs from state to state as various factors are considered by employers when dispensing salaries for Pharmacy Technicians. For your benefit, the table below shows the average salary in a selection of states across the country.

State Mean Annual Wage Mean Hourly Wage
Washington $40,980 $19.70
California $40,170 $19.31
Alaska $39,480 $18.98
Oregon $36,830 $17.71
New York $31,920 $15.35




 Salary of Related Job Titles

Becoming a Pharmacy Technician doesn’t mean that you have to stay a Pharmacy Technician for the rest of your life. There are many medical roles that you can go into from here. By doing supplementary study and training you can use your Pharmacy Technician qualification to launch you into other related careers.

Below is a list of possible careers you could go into from your Pharmacy Technician starting point, and their median salaries:

Profession Annual Median Wage
 Dental Hygienist  $71,970
 Radiologic Technologist  $57,510
Medical Secretary  $33,530
Veterinary Technologist and Technician  $32,350

 Job Outlook

As you can see from the statistics above, there are many great opportunities available for someone holding a Certified Pharmacy Technician qualification. You can become specialised or use it as a launch pad for your career in other aspects of medicine. With the correct supplementary training, you can even become a full-fledged pharmacist in time.

According to the Bureau of Labour statistics in the USA, the Pharmacy Technician field is growing faster than average. It has a growth rate of 9% and an estimated 34,700 new positions will be opening by 2024, making it a healthy, stable career path to follow.