Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
207,380 1.5 % $11.15 $23,200 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.44 $8.74 $10.70 $13.19 $15.82
Annual Wage (2) $15,470 $18,170 $22,250 $27,430 $32,910

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Health and personal care stores 101,260 $10.20 $21,210 1 28
General medical and surgical hospitals 44,590 $12.65 $26,310 2 14
Grocery stores 14,170 $11.23 $23,360 3 22
Department stores 10,490 $9.95 $20,700 4 29
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers 6,190 $11.49 $23,900 5 19

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 270 $16.52 $34,370 21 1
Local government (OES designation) 540 $14.49 $30,150 14 2
Federal government (OES designation) 3,880 $14.42 $30,000 7 3
Warehousing and storage (6) $14.21 $29,560 (6) 4
Offices of physicians 4,640 $13.92 $28,950 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
West Virginia 1,620 $9.52 $19,800 0.238% 484
Minnesota 5,920 $13.00 $27,040 0.228% 499
Alabama 4,020 $9.10 $18,920 0.221% 564
Rhode Island 1,020 $10.05 $20,900 0.216% 457
Kentucky 3,600 $10.60 $22,050 0.209% 479

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 18,490 $15.07 $31,350 0.128% 453
Alaska 340 $14.40 $29,950 0.119% 327
Washington 3,850 $14.24 $29,610 0.150% 488
Oregon 2,520 $13.22 $27,490 0.162% 437
Minnesota 5,920 $13.00 $27,040 0.228% 499

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rochester, MN MSA 420 $13.89 $28,890 0.440%
Florence, AL MSA 170 $10.54 $21,920 0.340%
Cumberland, MD-WV MSA 140 $9.81 $20,400 0.340%
Columbia, MO MSA 260 $9.48 $19,730 0.336%
Springfield, MO MSA 540 $9.23 $19,190 0.333%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 830 $16.81 $34,970 0.083%
San Jose, CA PMSA 900 $16.41 $34,140 0.101%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,440 $16.32 $33,950 0.144%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 240 $16.12 $33,530 0.123%
San Diego, CA MSA 1,630 $15.47 $32,180 0.132%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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