Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Great Plains Region

Data published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put pharmacy technician (PT) employment in the United States at more than 415,000 as of May 2020. Nearly 31,000 pharmacy technicians were employed in the seven-state Great Plains region. BLS data revealed the region to be a mixed one for pharmacy technician pay.  The positive was that the region was home to two states, Minnesota and North Dakota, that ranked among the ten best states in the nation for pharmacy technician annual mean wages. The negative was that over 70% of the region's employed PTs lived in a state where the annual mean wage for pharmacy technicians was below the national average. From May 2020 BLS data, here is a summary look at pharmacy technician pay in the Great Plains region:

Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Great Plains Region
Pharmacy Technician Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 3,890 $34,300 36th
KS 4,280 $35,530 28th
MN 8,050 $39,770 8th
MO 10,030 $33,670 42nd
NE 2,540 $35,570 27th
ND 880 $41,390 7th
SD 1,290 $35,830 24th
U.S. 415,310 $36,450 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 18, 2021

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