Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
42,600 3.2 % $11.28 $23,460 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.12 $8.94 $10.51 $12.93 $15.95
Annual Wage (2) $16,890 $18,590 $21,860 $26,880 $33,180


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 28,090 2.80 $10.64 $22,130
Grocery Stores 7,960 0.32 $11.14 $23,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,220 0.04 $14.75 $30,670
Department Stores 810 0.05 $9.81 $20,410
Offices of Physicians 710 0.03 $18.57 $38,630

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 28,090 2.80 $10.64 $22,130
Grocery Stores 7,960 0.32 $11.14 $23,160
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 400 0.21 $14.76 $30,700
Outpatient Care Centers 400 0.06 $17.86 $37,140
Department Stores 810 0.05 $9.81 $20,410

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians 710 0.03 $18.57 $38,630
Outpatient Care Centers 400 0.06 $17.86 $37,140
State Government (OES Designation) 80 (7) $16.93 $35,210
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 180 0.01 $16.54 $34,400
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 70 0.03 $16.38 $34,070


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 8,630 0.60 1.84 $12.94 $26,920
Texas 3,170 0.30 0.92 $10.87 $22,610
New York 2,450 0.29 0.88 $11.40 $23,720
Florida 2,230 0.31 0.94 $10.58 $22,000
New Jersey 2,210 0.58 1.78 $10.38 $21,600




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 310 0.76 2.33 $10.34 $21,510
Vermont 200 0.68 2.07 $11.08 $23,040
Arkansas 700 0.61 1.85 $9.49 $19,750
California 8,630 0.60 1.84 $12.94 $26,920
New Jersey 2,210 0.58 1.78 $10.38 $21,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.17 0.52 $19.67 $40,910
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.69 $17.72 $36,850
Colorado 70 0.03 0.10 $15.19 $31,590
Rhode Island (8) (8) (8) $14.44 $30,040
New Mexico 290 0.38 1.16 $13.02 $27,090





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 2,450 0.63 1.94 $11.50 $23,920
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.28 0.85 $11.04 $22,960
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 920 0.65 2.00 $13.70 $28,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 910 0.25 0.76 $10.96 $22,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 850 0.74 2.25 $12.84 $26,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 760 0.42 1.28 $11.03 $22,940
Pittsburgh, PA 710 0.63 1.91 $12.41 $25,810
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 680 0.83 2.54 $14.66 $30,500
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 660 0.28 0.87 $12.74 $26,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 630 0.37 1.13 $11.56 $24,050




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 1.55 4.73 $10.40 $21,630
Spokane, WA 250 1.29 3.96 $11.96 $24,880
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 90 1.10 3.36 $14.03 $29,190
Fargo, ND-MN 130 1.04 3.19 $9.92 $20,640
Sherman-Denison, TX 40 1.02 3.11 $9.59 $19,940
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 130 0.98 3.01 $9.56 $19,890
Bismarck, ND 60 0.94 2.87 $10.71 $22,280
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 50 0.93 2.85 $13.50 $28,080
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 460 0.93 2.85 $9.77 $20,320
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 100 0.90 2.74 $9.70 $20,180




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)
Napa, CA 40 0.70 2.13 $21.64 $45,000
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 100 0.56 1.72 $17.57 $36,540
Stockton, CA 100 0.50 1.53 $17.08 $35,520
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 50 0.04 0.13 $15.63 $32,510
Chico, CA (8) (8) (8) $15.31 $31,840
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.31 0.94 $14.93 $31,060
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $14.75 $30,680
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 680 0.83 2.54 $14.66 $30,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 230 0.18 0.56 $14.39 $29,930
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 460 0.51 1.55 $14.19 $29,510

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 420 1.08 3.32 $10.22 $21,250
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.11 3.39 $10.29 $21,400
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.82 2.51 $10.15 $21,100
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.91 2.77 $8.44 $17,560
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.65 1.99 $9.58 $19,930

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)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 2.09 6.39 $11.75 $24,450
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.37 4.20 $12.23 $25,440
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.11 3.39 $10.29 $21,400
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 420 1.08 3.32 $10.22 $21,250
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 110 1.05 3.22 $8.85 $18,410

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)
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.24 $27,550
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.10 $27,250
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.94 2.88 $12.95 $26,930
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.58 $26,170
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 1.50 $12.57 $26,140


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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