How Much Money Does a Pharmacy Technician Make?

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

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Pharmacy Technician Salaries

According to the most recent data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics, the median annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $35,250. Depending on where you work, your salary may increase, as rates can be higher in ambulatory services and hospitals than in grocery or drugstores.

Average Annual Salary for Pharmacy Technicians


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, 2019

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.

Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?

Here are the Top Places of Employment for Pharm Techs

Pharmacies and Drug Stores


General / Medical / Surgical Hospitals


Grocery Stores


Pharmacy Technician Job Outlook

According to the BLS employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 4% through 2029, on par with 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, whether from an on-campus program or through an accredited online degree program. Most pursue certification as they move through the ranks of the job, and start to work toward specializing, or even becoming a pharmacist. 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 2019 Occupational Employment Statistics; 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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