Pharmacy Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of pharmacy technicians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of pharmacy technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The pharmacy technicians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Pharmacy Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,370
25th Percentile Wage
$25,170
50th Percentile Wage
$30,920
75th Percentile Wage
$37,780
90th Percentile Wage
$45,710

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for pharmacy technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) pharmacy technicians is $45,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $30,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,370. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 113% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201630,9201.65%5.17%
201530,4101.97%-
201429,8100.54%-
201329,6501.11%-
201229,320--

Table 2. Pharmacy Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of pharmacy technicians in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for pharmacy technicians occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $42,020. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $29,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,020
Educational Services
$37,640
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,160
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,400
Finance and Insurance
$34,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,470
Manufacturing
$34,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,220
Wholesale Trade
$33,440
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,360
Retail Trade
$29,120

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Pharmacy Technicians by States

From the above tables we note that not only pharmacy technicians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of pharmacy technicians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,870 to $42,210. The highest paying state for pharmacy technicians is Washington with a median annual salary of $42,210. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,870. For more salary information of pharmacy technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$42,210
Alaska
$39,760
North Dakota
$37,770
California
$37,710
Oregon
$37,590
Hawaii
$36,910
Wyoming
$35,600
District of Columbia
$35,200
Minnesota
$35,200
Nevada
$34,920
Utah
$34,790
Colorado
$34,620
Montana
$33,730
Idaho
$33,590
Texas
$32,740
Arizona
$32,410
Massachusetts
$32,320
New Mexico
$31,490
Virgin Islands
$31,430
Maryland
$31,420
Connecticut
$31,310
Illinois
$31,210
Kansas
$30,730
Rhode Island
$30,720
Wisconsin
$30,580
South Dakota
$30,440
Vermont
$30,390
New Jersey
$30,380
New Hampshire
$30,300
Florida
$30,130
New York
$30,020
Indiana
$29,540
Delaware
$29,510
Guam
$29,480
Michigan
$29,450
South Carolina
$29,370
Nebraska
$29,360
Maine
$29,290
Iowa
$29,270
Tennessee
$29,210
Louisiana
$29,190
Oklahoma
$29,070
North Carolina
$28,850
Mississippi
$28,710
Virginia
$28,380
Missouri
$28,290
Pennsylvania
$28,200
Georgia
$27,870
Ohio
$27,580
Arkansas
$27,510
Alabama
$27,140
Kentucky
$27,020
West Virginia
$25,730
Puerto Rico
$19,870


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