Pharmacy aides

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
36.4k
Average Age
35.8
Estimated Job Growth
−15.6%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$36,065
Average Male Salary
$48,876
Average Female Salary
$31,954

About

Pharmacy aides are most often employed by the Pharmacies & drug stores industry. The average yearly wage for Pharmacy aides was $36,065 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Pharmacy aides by wage are Food processing workers, all other, Roofers, and Other assemblers and fabricators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Pharmacy aides are Carr 156-Carr 164 PUMA, PR, San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR, and Allston, Brighton & Fenway PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Pharmacy aides are San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR, Carr 156-Carr 164 PUMA, PR, and Tucson City (Northwest) PUMA, AZ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Pharmacy aides and on wages and locations for those in the field. Pharmacies & drug stores is the industry that employs the most Pharmacy aides, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Pharmacy aides, by average wage, is Nursing Care Facilities. Pharmacy aides are paid most in Covina & Walnut Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in San Juan Municipio (Este) PUMA, PR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$36,065
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,944

In 2020, Pharmacy aides earned an average of $36,065, $19,889 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Food processing workers, all other make somewhat more than Pharmacy aides while Other assemblers and fabricators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Pharmacy aides as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.431
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Pharmacy aides had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.431, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Pharmacy aides (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 aides.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Pharmacy aides

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

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Industries

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Industries by Share

36.4k
2020 Workforce
± 4,684
−7.99%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 19.4%

The number of people employed as Pharmacy aides has been declining at a rate of −7.99%, from 39,572 people in 2019 to 36,409 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Pharmacy aides employed by various industries. Pharmacies & drug stores employs the largest share of Pharmacy aides at  68.6%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 14.5% and Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores with 2.8%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Pharmacy aides in the US. The average age of male Pharmacy aides in the workforce is 34.6 and of female Pharmacy aides is 36.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Pharmacy aides is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

8.85k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,309
27.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,076

75.7% of Pharmacy aides are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Pharmacy aides.

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Race & Ethnicity

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

50.2% of Pharmacy aides are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.6% of Pharmacy aides, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Pharmacy aides.

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Age by Sex

34.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.55
36.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2

The median age of Pharmacy aides is 35.8, and Male employees are generally 1.56 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Pharmacy aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pharmacy aides need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Service Orientation, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Pharmacy aides need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Mathematics, and Management of Material Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Pharmacy Aides from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Pharmacy Aides are expected to see a growth of −15.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−15.6%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Pharmacy Aides. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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