Wednesday, March 3, 2021

20 Best Metro Areas for Pharmacy Technician Pay

As examined in Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas last December, the largest U.S. metropolitan markets are top centers for pharmacy technician employment. Nonetheless, a deeper look at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reveals that smaller metro areas frequently provide pharmacy technicians with better pay opportunities.  A review of May 2019 BLS data shows us that just three of the top 20 U.S. metropolitan areas were among the 20 best metro areas for pharmacy technician pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 4,500 $51,090
2 Santa Rosa, CA 410 $50,790
3 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 330 $50,070
4 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 410 $49,280
5 Salinas, CA 390 $49,060
6 Napa, CA 110 $49,040
7 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,050 $48,550
8 Madera, CA 140 $47,380
9 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 2,300 $47,090
10 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 260 $45,620
11 Stockton-Lodi, CA 670 $45,380
12 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 12,710 $45,270
13 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 120 $45,220
14 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 3,960 $44,940
15 Chico, CA 240 $44,590
16 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 270 $44,510
17 Modesto, CA 420 $44,500
18 Redding, CA 190 $44,280
19 Corvallis, OR 80 $44,240
20 Kennewick-Richland, WA 200 $44,070
National 417,780 $35,250

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 12, 2020