Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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.


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)
49,580 3.7 % $10.98 $22,830 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.01 $8.83 $10.31 $12.40 $15.26
Annual Wage (2) $16,670 $18,370 $21,430 $25,800 $31,740


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 33,470 3.40 $10.70 $22,260
Grocery Stores 7,670 0.31 $11.08 $23,040
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,690 0.05 $14.42 $29,990
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,860 0.12 $9.54 $19,840
Department Stores 1,610 0.11 $9.58 $19,920

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 33,470 3.40 $10.70 $22,260
Grocery Stores 7,670 0.31 $11.08 $23,040
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,860 0.12 $9.54 $19,840
Department Stores 1,610 0.11 $9.58 $19,920
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 200 0.10 $11.45 $23,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 130 (7) $17.25 $35,880
State Government (OES Designation) 120 0.01 $15.84 $32,940
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $15.67 $32,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,690 0.05 $14.42 $29,990
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $13.46 $27,990


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 9,240 0.66 1.69 $12.02 $25,000
Florida 5,270 0.74 1.90 $9.93 $20,650
New York 3,130 0.38 0.96 $11.71 $24,360
Texas 2,770 0.28 0.71 $10.77 $22,410
New Jersey 2,640 0.70 1.80 $10.02 $20,840




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)
North Dakota 290 0.81 2.09 $10.12 $21,040
Florida 5,270 0.74 1.90 $9.93 $20,650
New Jersey 2,640 0.70 1.80 $10.02 $20,840
California 9,240 0.66 1.69 $12.02 $25,000
West Virginia 410 0.59 1.52 $10.10 $21,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 120 0.18 0.47 $16.14 $33,570
Colorado 280 0.13 0.33 $14.29 $29,710
Montana 90 0.22 0.57 $13.21 $27,480
Illinois 2,330 0.42 1.08 $12.80 $26,620
Idaho 60 0.11 0.28 $12.63 $26,280

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.71 1.83 $12.61 $26,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,220 0.45 1.14 $11.65 $24,230
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.46 1.18 $13.78 $28,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 880 0.40 1.03 $10.45 $21,740
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 830 0.76 1.95 $9.75 $20,280
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 820 1.20 3.07 $10.72 $22,290
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 750 0.66 1.70 $11.74 $24,430
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 750 0.78 2.00 $10.68 $22,220
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.54 1.37 $10.82 $22,510
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 670 0.54 1.40 $12.77 $26,550




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yuba City, CA 80 2.13 5.47 $11.70 $24,340
Madera, CA 70 1.96 5.03 $10.35 $21,520
Port St. Lucie, FL 210 1.82 4.68 $9.06 $18,840
Johnson City, TN 100 1.32 3.39 $10.34 $21,510
Asheville, NC 220 1.32 3.38 $11.93 $24,820
Bay City, MI 50 1.30 3.34 $9.63 $20,020
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 1.29 3.31 $11.25 $23,390
Merced, CA 70 1.27 3.24 $11.83 $24,610
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 120 1.22 3.14 $12.26 $25,510
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 820 1.20 3.07 $10.72 $22,290




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Cruces, NM 30 0.50 1.28 $19.32 $40,190
Denver-Aurora, CO 170 0.14 0.36 $15.39 $32,020
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.46 1.18 $13.78 $28,650
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $13.77 $28,630
Bellingham, WA 50 0.73 1.86 $13.65 $28,390
Raleigh-Cary, NC 140 0.29 0.75 $13.55 $28,180
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 0.41 $13.54 $28,160
Durham, NC (8) (8) (8) $13.53 $28,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 620 0.72 1.84 $13.39 $27,840
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 80 0.66 1.68 $13.05 $27,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 330 2.24 5.75 $9.50 $19,760
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.65 1.67 $11.45 $23,820
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 190 1.39 3.55 $9.17 $19,080
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.00 2.56 $8.44 $17,550
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 180 1.25 3.20 $10.79 $22,450

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 330 2.24 5.75 $9.50 $19,760
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 1.69 4.33 $11.31 $23,510
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 3.89 $12.42 $25,840
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.49 3.82 $12.72 $26,460
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 190 1.39 3.55 $9.17 $19,080

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.66 $32,570
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.67 1.72 $13.72 $28,540
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 140 1.49 3.82 $12.72 $26,460
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 3.89 $12.42 $25,840
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.22 $12.28 $25,550


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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