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Pharmacy Technician Salary and Job Description

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Walmart, Walgreens, City Market, hospitals and many more places all have one thing in common: the pharmacy technician behind their pharmaceuticals counter. The person is trained to serve alongside the pharmacist in everything he/she needs. According to the Occupational Employment Statistics, the average pharmacy tech possesses a few responsibilities from day to day.

Pharmacy Technician Job Description

The pharmacy technician’s day may include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Preparing medications under the supervision of the pharmacist.
  • Measures, mixes, and counts out dosages of medicines for clients.
  • Explains to the consumer what the side effects may be in regards to the medication they are receiving.

Basically, the pharmacy technician is responsible for assisting the head pharmacist with any orders during the day.

Pharmacy Technician Salary

As of the year 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has labeled the average pharmacy technician salary as $28,940 per year. Depending upon which state you reside in, and which company you work for (most retail chains pay at the lower end while pharmacy stores and hospitals pay much more), you could be earning more or less of an annual income. The pharmacy technician salary is a great start to a rewarding career. You will find it quite helpful to gain the experience and mentorship as a technician working alongside a pharmacist.

Some of the highest paying industries for a pharmacy technician include:

  • Federal Executive Branch
  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • Insurance Carriers
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises

Some of the industries with the highest employment are:

  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Grocery Stores
  • Department Stores

A few of the highest paying states for a pharmacy technician’s salary consist of:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
  • Nevada

Following you’ll find a state-specific list of the pharmacy technician salary. This list was derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is calculated by taking the hourly wage and multiplying it by 2,080 hours. There are plenty of other positions that the BLS provides information for as well. From the average paramedic salary to the average psychologist salary. If this position doesn't interest you, then take a look at many others.

Alabama

    Hourly: $11.81  Salary: $24,570

Alaska

    Hourly: $17.83  Salary: $37,090

Arizona

    Hourly: $14.47  Salary: $30,100

Arkansas

    Hourly: $11.56  Salary: $24,050

California

    Hourly: $17.68  Salary: $36,770

Colorado

    Hourly: $14.90  Salary: $31,000

Connecticut

    Hourly: $15.11  Salary: $31,430

Delaware

    Hourly: $13.74  Salary: $28,580

District of Columbia

    Hourly: $15.88  Salary: $33,020

Florida

    Hourly: $13.30  Salary: $27,660

Georgia

    H: $13.18  S: $27,410

Guam

    H: $11.88  S: $24,710

Hawaii

    H: $16.89  S: $35,130

Idaho

    H: $14.28  S: $29,700

Illinois

    H: $13.73  S: $28,560

Indiana

    Hourly: $13.10  Salary: $27,250

Iowa

    Hourly: $13.09  Salary: $27,220

Kansas

    Hourly: $12.42  Salary: $25,820

Kentucky

    Hourly: $11.77  Salary: $24,480

Louisiana

    Hourly: $13.07  Salary: $27,180

Maine

    Hourly: $13.39  Salary: $27,850

Maryland

    Hourly: $14.72  Salary: $30,620

Massachusetts

    Hourly: $15.07  Salary: $31,350

Michigan

    Hourly: $13.42  Salary: $27,910

Minnesota

    Hourly: $14.90  Salary: $30,980

Mississippi

    Hourly: $11.72  Salary: $24,370

Missouri

    Hourly: $12.11  Salary: $25,190

Montana

    H: $14.35  S: $29,850

Nebraska

    H: $12.74  S: $26,500

Nevada

    H: $16.33  S: $33,960

New Hampshire

    Hourly: $13.76  Salary: $28,630

New Jersey

    Hourly: $14.17  Salary: $29,480

New Mexico

    Hourly: $14.10  Salary: $29,320

New York

    H: $14.58  S: $30,330

North Carolina

    H: $12.53  S: $26,060

North Dakota

    Hourly: $14.62  Salary: $30,410

Ohio

    Hourly: $12.52  Salary: $26,050

Oklahoma

    Hourly: $11.62  Salary: $24,170

Oregon

    H: $16.14  S: $33,560

Pennsylvania

    H: $13.05  S: $27,140

Puerto Rico

    H: $9.03  S: $18,790

Rhode Island

    Hourly: $14.53  Salary: $30,230

South Carolina

    Hourly: $12.21  Salary: $25,390

South Dakota

    H: $13.48  S: $28,040

Tennessee

    H: $13.24  S: $27,540

Texas

    H: $13.99  S: $29,100

Utah

    H: $14.95  S: $31,100

Vermont

    H: $13.69  S: $28,470

Virgin Islands

    H: $12.30  S: $25,580

Virginia

    H: $13.17  S: $27,390

Washington

    H: $17.63  S: $36,670

West Virginia

     Hourly: $11.42  Salary: $23,760

Wisconsin

     Hourly: $13.53  Salary: $28,140

Wyoming

     Hourly: $14.61  Salary: $30,400

Conclusion

This can be a solid career path for anybody interested in working with people, using mathematics, and assisting with medical needs. Hopefully you will find this career to be both satisfying to you, and having the pharmacy technician salary to be the icing on the cake. The best of luck to you in your future profession as a pharmacy technician.

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