Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Pharmacy Technician Pay

There were about 418,000 pharmacy technicians working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Pharmacy technicians work in varied settings, including health and personal care stores, hospitals, food and general merchandise stores with pharmacy services, and other businesses involved in the distribution of pharmacy products. Pharmacy technicians typically earn lower salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for pharmacy technicians was $35,250 per year, as compared to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pharmacy technician pay varies considerably from state-to-state.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where pharmacy technicians enjoyed the highest annual mean pay:

California $45,200
Alaska $44,280
Washington $43,910
Oregon $42,160
Hawaii $41,880
North Dakota $39,770
Minnesota $38,330
Nevada $38,150
Colorado $38,000
Wyoming $37,980

The bottom ten states for pharmacy technician pay were:

North Carolina $32,600
Indiana $32,410
Oklahoma $31,940
Georgia $31,360
Ohio $31,360
Pennsylvania $31,130
Arkansas $30,930
Alabama $30,830
West Virginia $30,380
Kentucky $30,040

So where does your state rank for pharmacy technician pay?

Check out Pharmacy Technician Average Wages by State for more information.