Pharmacy technicians

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Total Workforce
379k
Average Age
36.4
Average Salary
$30,343
Average Male Salary
$32,909
Average Female Salary
$29,751

About

Pharmacy technicians are most often employed by the Pharmacies & drug stores industry. The average yearly wage for Pharmacy technicians was $30,343 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Pharmacy technicians by wage are Interviewers, except eligibility & loan, Doortodoor sales workers, news & street vendors, & related workers, and Orderlies and psychiatric aides.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Pharmacy technicians are St. Louis County (Inner Ring North) PUMA, MO, Newark City & Brookside PUMA, DE, and Tampa City (North) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Pharmacy technicians are St. Louis County (Inner Ring North) PUMA, MO, Newark City & Brookside PUMA, DE, and Van Zandt, Wood, Camp & Rains Counties PUMA, TX.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Pharmacy technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Pharmacies & drug stores is the industry that employs the most Pharmacy technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Pharmacy technicians, by average wage, is Gasoline stations. Pharmacy technicians are paid most in Lexington Town & Red Bank PUMA, SC but are relatively concentrated in St. Louis County (Inner Ring North) PUMA, MO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$30,343
AVERAGE SALARY
± $851

In 2018, Pharmacy technicians earned an average of $30,343, $23,545 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Interviewers, except eligibility & loan make somewhat more than Pharmacy technicians while Orderlies and psychiatric aides make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Pharmacy technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.307
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Pharmacy technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.307, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Pharmacy technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Pharmacy technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Pharmacy technicians.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Pharmacy technicians, by average wage, are Gasoline stations, Offices of physicians, and Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

379k
2018 Workforce
± 15,093

This graphic shows the share of Pharmacy technicians employed by various industries. Pharmacies & drug stores employs the largest share of Pharmacy technicians at  68%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 17.3% and Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores with 3.99%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Pharmacy technicians in the US. The average age of male Pharmacy technicians in the workforce is 33.7 and of female Pharmacy technicians is 37.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Pharmacy technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

71k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,542
308k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 13,608

81.3% of Pharmacy technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Pharmacy technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Pharmacy technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

58.7% of Pharmacy technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.4% of Pharmacy technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Pharmacy technicians.

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Age by Gender

33.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.13
37.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.575

The median age of Pharmacy technicians is 36.4, and Male employees are generally 3.36 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Pharmacy technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Pharmacy technicians is Health but a relatively high number of Pharmacy technicians hold a major in Biology.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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