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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Pharmacy Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,000
25th Percentile Wage
$25,900
50th Percentile Wage
$31,750
75th Percentile Wage
$38,540
90th Percentile Wage
$46,980

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 $46,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,750. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,000. 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$31,750
2.61% 7.65%
2016
$30,920
1.65% -
2015
$30,410
1.97% -
2014
$29,810
0.54% -
2013
$29,650
1.11% -
2012
$29,320
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Table 2. Pharmacy Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of pharmacy technicians in 13 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 $42,710. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $29,400).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,710
Educational Services
$38,910
Health Care and Social Assistance
$36,780
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$36,750
Manufacturing
$35,200
Finance and Insurance
$34,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,090
Wholesale Trade
$33,880
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$32,950
Transportation and Warehousing
$31,490
Retail Trade
$29,910
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$29,400

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 $19,150 to $42,640. The highest paying state for pharmacy technicians is Washington with a median annual salary of $42,640. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,150. For more salary information of pharmacy technicians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$42,640
Oregon
$39,270
Alaska
$39,160
North Dakota
$38,940
California
$38,660
Hawaii
$38,000
Wyoming
$36,910
Minnesota
$35,890
Colorado
$35,830
Nevada
$35,740
Utah
$35,340
District of Columbia
$35,290
Idaho
$34,630
Montana
$34,470
Rhode Island
$34,290
Arizona
$33,360
Connecticut
$33,260
Massachusetts
$33,020
Texas
$32,910
Virgin Islands
$32,790
Guam
$32,220
New Mexico
$31,870
Wisconsin
$31,810
South Dakota
$31,690
Nebraska
$31,470
Illinois
$31,300
New Hampshire
$31,270
New York
$31,210
Vermont
$31,190
Kansas
$30,930
Maryland
$30,920
Florida
$30,710
Michigan
$30,690
Iowa
$30,270
Indiana
$30,250
New Jersey
$30,230
Delaware
$30,190
Tennessee
$29,880
Louisiana
$29,860
Maine
$29,850
Virginia
$29,840
North Carolina
$29,780
Mississippi
$29,520
South Carolina
$29,490
Missouri
$29,340
Ohio
$28,750
Oklahoma
$28,730
Arkansas
$28,330
Alabama
$28,230
Pennsylvania
$28,180
Georgia
$28,120
Kentucky
$28,040
West Virginia
$26,420
Puerto Rico
$19,150



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