Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
45,130 3.3 % $11.23 $23,350 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.08 $8.95 $10.56 $12.95 $15.76
Annual Wage (2) $16,810 $18,620 $21,970 $26,930 $32,790


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 30,490 3.08 $10.96 $22,800
Grocery Stores 7,610 0.31 $11.18 $23,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,240 0.04 $14.11 $29,340
Department Stores 1,370 0.09 $9.68 $20,140
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,180 0.08 $10.01 $20,810

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 30,490 3.08 $10.96 $22,800
Grocery Stores 7,610 0.31 $11.18 $23,260
Department Stores 1,370 0.09 $9.68 $20,140
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.09 $14.08 $29,280
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,180 0.08 $10.01 $20,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 300 0.05 $17.44 $36,280
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $16.64 $34,610
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $16.63 $34,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 160 0.01 $16.43 $34,180
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $14.51 $30,170


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 7,810 0.56 1.58 $12.39 $25,780
Florida 3,660 0.51 1.46 $10.27 $21,350
Texas 3,160 0.31 0.87 $10.77 $22,390
New York 2,780 0.33 0.94 $11.89 $24,730
New Jersey 2,620 0.69 1.97 $10.34 $21,500




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 300 0.82 2.32 $10.43 $21,690
New Jersey 2,620 0.69 1.97 $10.34 $21,500
Louisiana 1,070 0.58 1.66 $10.51 $21,860
Vermont 160 0.56 1.60 $11.08 $23,050
California 7,810 0.56 1.58 $12.39 $25,780




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 140 0.22 0.62 $16.62 $34,570
Colorado 100 0.05 0.13 $14.36 $29,870
New Mexico 280 0.36 1.04 $13.38 $27,840
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $13.35 $27,780
Illinois 1,940 0.35 0.99 $13.18 $27,410





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 1,980 0.52 1.47 $12.78 $26,570
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.36 1.02 $11.81 $24,570
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.40 1.13 $14.16 $29,460
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.75 2.13 $11.08 $23,050
Pittsburgh, PA 800 0.72 2.04 $12.51 $26,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 690 0.63 1.78 $10.08 $20,960
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 650 0.57 1.63 $11.69 $24,310
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 650 0.69 1.95 $10.37 $21,570
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.64 1.83 $12.54 $26,090
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 590 0.61 1.72 $11.09 $23,070




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)
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 60 1.78 5.06 $10.93 $22,730
Spokane, WA 290 1.46 4.15 $10.69 $22,240
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.05 2.98 $12.85 $26,730
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 140 1.04 2.94 $9.33 $19,400
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 510 1.03 2.92 $9.79 $20,370
Fargo, ND-MN 120 0.99 2.82 $10.30 $21,420
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.98 2.79 $11.45 $23,810
Merced, CA 50 0.95 2.69 $11.90 $24,760
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 160 0.94 2.66 $12.35 $25,690
St. Cloud, MN 90 0.90 2.55 $12.70 $26,420




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.29 0.82 $18.66 $38,820
Baltimore-Towson, MD 210 0.17 0.48 $15.08 $31,370
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 80 0.43 1.24 $14.93 $31,050
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 70 0.06 0.16 $14.91 $31,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 500 0.57 1.61 $14.31 $29,760
Rochester, MN 30 0.34 0.97 $14.21 $29,550
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.40 1.13 $14.16 $29,460
Bellingham, WA 40 0.59 1.68 $13.88 $28,860
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $13.61 $28,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 0.55 $13.44 $27,960

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 340 0.89 2.52 $10.56 $21,970
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 300 1.99 5.65 $9.62 $20,010
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 250 1.87 5.31 $9.95 $20,690
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 220 0.87 2.48 $11.73 $24,390
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.05 2.98 $8.48 $17,650

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 300 1.99 5.65 $9.62 $20,010
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.92 5.45 $11.45 $23,820
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 250 1.87 5.31 $9.95 $20,690
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.48 4.20 $12.05 $25,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.31 3.72 $12.72 $26,470

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) $16.72 $34,780
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.24 $31,710
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.61 1.73 $13.35 $27,770
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 1.23 $13.15 $27,350
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.83 $26,680


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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