Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

31-9095 Pharmacy Aides

Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

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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)
58,020 2.3 % $9.47 $19,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.36 $7.41 $8.86 $11.00 $13.71
Annual Wage (2) $13,220 $15,420 $18,430 $22,890 $28,520

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 38,480 $8.66 $18,010 1 21
General medical and surgical hospitals 6,380 $12.02 $25,000 2 8
Grocery stores 6,090 $9.56 $19,890 3 19
Department stores 1,470 $9.74 $20,260 4 17
Offices of physicians 1,250 $12.86 $26,750 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Local government (OES designation) 160 $16.45 $34,210 13 1
Colleges and universities 260 $14.33 $29,800 10 2
State government (OES designation) 180 $13.54 $28,160 12 3
Offices of physicians 1,250 $12.86 $26,750 5 4
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 110 $12.81 $26,650 14 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
Illinois 4,260 $9.19 $19,120 0.074% 641
Delaware 260 $9.45 $19,660 0.065% 451
Tennessee 1,600 $9.17 $19,080 0.061% 596
California 8,790 $11.55 $24,030 0.061% 581
Indiana 1,700 $8.64 $17,980 0.060% 632

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 110 $14.07 $29,260 0.018% 323
Alaska 70 $12.20 $25,380 0.024% 375
California 8,790 $11.55 $24,030 0.061% 581
Nevada 340 $11.35 $23,600 0.032% 468
Colorado 620 $10.74 $22,350 0.029% 553

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
Redding, CA MSA 110 $12.12 $25,200 0.170%
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 110 $9.95 $20,690 0.148%
Dover, DE MSA 70 $9.08 $18,880 0.132%
Monroe, LA MSA 90 $7.57 $15,740 0.125%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 70 $7.55 $15,710 0.119%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lima, OH MSA 50 $14.60 $30,370 0.067%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 490 $13.80 $28,710 0.049%
Modesto, CA MSA 180 $13.47 $28,010 0.113%
San Jose, CA PMSA 520 $13.29 $27,650 0.058%
Oakland, CA PMSA 780 $12.87 $26,770 0.078%

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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).

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(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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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