Pharmacy Technician Salary
According to the most recent data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $29,320. Depending on where you work, your salary may increase, as rates can be higher in ambulatory services ($35,470) and hospitals ($33,550) than in grocery or drugstores.
A full-time pharmacy technician will typically be offered a benefits package including health care, vacation and holiday pay and sick leave and a 401(k) plan.
Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook
According to the BLS employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 20 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more medications are being prescribed to fight diseases. And an aging population, who are staying healthier longer with help from advances in technology and medicine, will drive growth in the industry.
Pharmacy technicians have a variety of backgrounds, but the BLS reports that 76 percent have some amount of college-level training, while 16 percent of their fellow technicians have a high school diploma or equivalent. Job prospects should be excellent for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training and experience in retail settings.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Pharmacy Technicians.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.