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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
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|
|North Dakota|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |