How Much Does A Pharmacy Technician Make?

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in filling prescriptions. They are the ones who greet customers and help patients fill their medications. Although they don’t make the same big bucks that pharmacists do, the educational requirement to gain entry into this profession is only a high school diploma at the least.

There is also high demand for pharmacy technicians in the next few years, making it a good profession to go into for those who want to work in the medical industry but aren’t looking for high wages.

Pharmacy Technician Salary

Average Pharmacy Technician Annual Salary

$32,170

The average annual salary for pharmacy technicians is $32,170 a year. Salaries start at $21,370 a year and go up to $45,710 a year.

Average Pharmacy Technician Hourly Wage

$15.47

The average hourly wage for a pharmacy technician is $15.47. Hourly wages were between $10.27 and $21.98 an hour.

Stats were based out of 398,390 employed pharmacy technicians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Pharmacy Technician

$45,710/year $21.98/hour

(Top 10% of Pharmacy Technicians)


Senior Pharmacy Technician

$37,780/year $18.16/hour

(Top 25% of Pharmacy Technicians)


Mid Level Pharmacy Technician

$30,920/year $14.86/hour

(Median)


Junior Pharmacy Technician

$25,170/year $12.10/hour

(Bottom 25% of Pharmacy Technicians)


Entry Level Pharmacy Technician

$21,370/year $10.27/hour

(Bottom 10% of Pharmacy Technicians)


Pharmacy Technician Average Salary Comparison

Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$75k / year
$36 / hour
Dental Hygienists
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Orthotists and Prosthetists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Radiologic Technologists
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Hearing Aid Specialists
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Pharmacy Technicians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technician Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Washington $20.28 $42,170
#2 California $19.12 $39,760
#3 Alaska $19.04 $39,600
#4 North Dakota $18.51 $38,510
#5 Oregon $18.27 $37,990
#6 Hawaii $17.69 $36,790
#7 District of Columbia $17.32 $36,020
#8 Nevada $17.07 $35,500
#9 Minnesota $17.05 $35,460
#10 Wyoming $17.01 $35,380
#11 Utah $16.87 $35,100
#12 Colorado $16.74 $34,820
#13 Connecticut $16.47 $34,270
#14 Montana $16.33 $33,970
#15 Massachusetts $16.25 $33,810
#16 Idaho $16.21 $33,710
#17 Arizona $16.08 $33,460
#18 Rhode Island $15.92 $33,120
#19 Texas $15.90 $33,080
#20 Maryland $15.58 $32,420
#21 New York $15.49 $32,230
#22 Illinois $15.48 $32,200
#23 New Mexico $15.34 $31,910
#24 Delaware $15.34 $31,920
#25 New Jersey $15.32 $31,860
#26 Vermont $15.28 $31,780
#27 South Dakota $15.12 $31,450
#28 Wisconsin $14.99 $31,190
#29 Kansas $14.94 $31,070
#30 New Hampshire $14.93 $31,060
#31 Virgin Islands $14.82 $30,830
#32 Guam $14.73 $30,650
#33 Florida $14.73 $30,630
#34 Nebraska $14.61 $30,400
#35 South Carolina $14.61 $30,390
#36 Maine $14.56 $30,280
#37 Tennessee $14.51 $30,190
#38 Louisiana $14.46 $30,080
#39 Iowa $14.46 $30,070
#40 Michigan $14.42 $29,990
#41 Indiana $14.36 $29,860
#42 Oklahoma $14.36 $29,880
#43 Virginia $14.34 $29,820
#44 Mississippi $14.29 $29,710
#45 North Carolina $14.15 $29,430
#46 Missouri $14.14 $29,420
#47 Pennsylvania $14.11 $29,340
#48 Arkansas $14.10 $29,340
#49 Georgia $13.94 $28,990
#50 Ohio $13.80 $28,700
#51 Alabama $13.40 $27,870
#52 Kentucky $13.40 $27,880
#53 West Virginia $12.99 $27,010
#54 Puerto Rico $10.79 $22,450

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Pharmacy Technician

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