How Much Money Does a Pharmacy Technician Make?
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’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $31,750. 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
General / Medical / Surgical Hospitals
Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook
According to the BLS employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 12 percent through 2026, 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 2018-19 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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