Pharmacy Technician Salary Information

Find out what you’ll earn in a career as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Technician Salary

According to the most recent data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $29,810. Depending on where you work, your salary may increase, as rates can be higher in ambulatory services and hospitals 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.

  • Health and Personal Care Stores 54%
  • General / Medical / Surgical Hospitals 17%
  • Grocery Stores 7%


Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook

According to the BLS employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent through 2024, 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 most of them have a college degree. 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 2016-17 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.


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