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Pharmacy Technician Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for pharmacy technicians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of pharmacy technicians amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Pharmacy Technicians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,630
25th Percentile Wage
$30,470
50th Percentile Wage
$37,710
75th Percentile Wage
$47,550
90th Percentile Wage
$58,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacy technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $58,350. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,710. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,630.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.32
25th Percentile Wage
$14.65
50th Percentile Wage
$18.13
75th Percentile Wage
$22.86
90th Percentile Wage
$28.05

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for pharmacy technicians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $28.05. The median hourly salary is $18.13. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.32.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201637,710-1.94%-0.72%
201538,4401.09%-
201438,0200.05%-
201338,0000.05%-
201237,980--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Pharmacy Technicians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of pharmacy technicians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of pharmacy technicians in state of California ranges from $32,030 to $50,370. The highest paying area for pharmacy technicians in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $50,370. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $45,940). The lowest paying area is Merced with a median annual salary of $32,030.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$50,370
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$45,940
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$44,970
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$44,450
Napa
$44,030
Vallejo-Fairfield
$42,500
Hanford-Corcoran
$42,430
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$41,860
Salinas
$41,850
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,750
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$41,640
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$41,460
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$41,390
Chico
$41,140
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$40,870
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$40,200
Bakersfield-Delano
$39,060
Redding
$38,760
Yuba City
$38,510
Stockton
$38,110
El Centro
$37,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$37,280
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$36,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$36,610
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,570
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$35,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$35,370
Madera-Chowchilla
$35,260
Modesto
$35,150
Fresno
$34,840
Visalia-Porterville
$34,670
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$33,750
Merced
$32,030


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