Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
343,550 0.8 % $14.43 $30,020 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $11.51 $13.91 $17.03 $20.13
Annual Wage (2) $20,310 $23,940 $28,940 $35,420 $41,880


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 186,010 18.79 $13.74 $28,580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 56,050 1.08 $16.26 $33,830
Other General Merchandise Stores 24,730 1.61 $13.50 $28,080
Grocery Stores 23,410 0.95 $13.96 $29,040
Department Stores 17,870 1.16 $13.13 $27,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores 186,010 18.79 $13.74 $28,580
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 4,090 2.16 $15.16 $31,540
Other General Merchandise Stores 24,730 1.61 $13.50 $28,080
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 3,750 1.46 $14.52 $30,200
Department Stores 17,870 1.16 $13.13 $27,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,730 0.28 $19.40 $40,350
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $18.68 $38,850
Outpatient Care Centers 2,920 0.48 $18.26 $37,980
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $17.86 $37,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,130 0.04 $17.85 $37,120


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 28,670 2.04 0.76 $18.45 $38,380
Texas 28,260 2.74 1.02 $14.87 $30,940
Florida 21,760 3.04 1.14 $13.56 $28,190
New York 15,730 1.87 0.70 $15.04 $31,290
Illinois 15,630 2.80 1.05 $14.44 $30,030




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 3,160 4.51 1.68 $11.94 $24,830
Tennessee 11,180 4.30 1.60 $13.53 $28,140
Kentucky 6,810 3.93 1.47 $12.34 $25,660
Maine 2,050 3.57 1.33 $13.99 $29,090
Missouri 9,210 3.56 1.33 $12.97 $26,980




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 620 1.97 0.73 $18.75 $39,010
Washington 7,220 2.65 0.99 $18.46 $38,390
California 28,670 2.04 0.76 $18.45 $38,380
District of Columbia 780 1.21 0.45 $18.37 $38,200
Hawaii 1,170 2.03 0.76 $16.94 $35,230





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 9,210 2.57 0.96 $14.73 $30,630
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,270 1.63 0.61 $16.39 $34,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,320 2.87 1.07 $15.01 $31,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,570 1.72 0.64 $17.88 $37,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 5,140 2.31 0.86 $13.76 $28,610
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 4,790 2.34 0.87 $16.23 $33,750
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,420 2.44 0.91 $15.02 $31,230
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 4,400 2.57 0.96 $15.73 $32,710
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,320 2.54 0.95 $15.50 $32,230
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 4,310 3.92 1.46 $13.53 $28,150