What is the Average Salary for a Pharmacy Technician?
When it comes to choosing what to study for your future career, one of the most important things to think about is your future earning potential. The point of attending a career college is to earn the skills you need to begin your career. So, it is natural to want to know what type of salary you can expect to earn once you finish your classes and find a job.
It is important to note that the salary of a pharmacy technician depends on where you live, where you work, and how much experience you have. The more experience and education you have, the more money you will make. If you want to know specific salary information for certain pharmacies such as CVS or Walgreens, check out PayScale or Glassdoor.
The National Average Salary for Pharmacy Technicians
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wages for pharmacy technicians in 2017 was $15.26 hourly or $31,750. The highest 10 percent earned more than $46,980. Additionally, BLS reports that there is demand for pharmacy technicians in the healthcare industry with a projected growth of 12% (faster than average) with an expected 37,500 pharmacy technician positions becoming available.
A Glimpse at Pharmacy Technician Salaries Across Locations
Like most careers, the average salary for pharmacy technicians varies depending on the state where they live and work. O*NET reports the following average salaries for pharmacy technicians:
California – $38,660
Florida – $30,710
Texas – $32,910
New York – $31,210
Washington – $42,640
Students who live and study in California will be happy to hear that California ranks highest in salary for metropolitan areas. US News reports, “The metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary in the pharmacy technician profession are San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Napa, and Oakland.”
San Francisco – $53,520
Santa Rosa – $49,540
San Rafael – $47,280
Napa – $46,330
Oakland – $45,200
The Differences in Salary for Pharmacy Technicians Based on Workplace
Likewise, how much a pharmacy technician earns depends largely on the work environment. For example, while more than 50% of pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies and drug stores, those who work in hospitals tend to earn the most money. According to BLS, here are the average salaries for pharmacy technicians based on the workplace:
Hospitals – $36,710
General merchandise stores – $31,320
Food and beverage stores – $29,860
Pharmacies and drug stores – $29,500
There is Opportunity to Advance and Earn More
If you choose to become a pharmacy technician, there is an opportunity to advance. Generally, as you advance in your career, you earn a higher salary. A pharmacy technician can potentially become a lead pharmacy technician or a senior certified pharmacy technician. The Associate’s Degree from LA ORT would certainly give you an advantage in hiring, over the graduates of the shorter certificate programs that are common in most career colleges. Not to mention that an Associate’s Degree sets you up for advancement where possession of a higher educational credential is key for promotion.
Fast Track Your Career as a Pharmacy Tech by Attending LA ORT
At LA ORT, we pride ourselves on providing students with a quality education in the shortest amount of time possible. If you hope to work in the pharmaceutical industry, you can earn your Associate’s Degree in just one year and receive the California State’s Pharmacy Technician Certification right after graduation. You can start earning money working as a pharmacy technician next year this time! If you are interested in this career path, visit www.LAORT.edu or contact us today at (800) 998-2678 to learn more.