How Much Do Pharmacy Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$36450 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$25,400 to $29,090 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Pharmacy Technicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,400 to $29,090 per year or $12 to $14 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Pharmacy Technicians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $24 $50,430
Senior (Top 25%) $20 $41,660
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $35,100
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,090
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,400

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $23 $47,620
AK $22 $46,430
WA $22 $46,400
DC $22 $46,240
OR $21 $43,410
HI $20 $42,300
ND $20 $41,390
MN $19 $39,770
NV $19 $39,390
WY $19 $39,330

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Pharmacy Technician is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Pharmacy Technicians are in the states of CA, AK, WA, DC and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $49690 $23.89
Federal Executive Branch $47690 $22.93
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $43990 $21.15
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $43960 $21.14
Local Government $43730 $21.02
Scientific Research and Development Services $42840 $20.60
Specialty Hospitals $41380 $19.89
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $41180 $19.80
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $40350 $19.40
State Government $39950 $19.21
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $39800 $19.14
Insurance Carriers $39710 $19.09
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $39490 $18.98
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $39310 $18.90
Employment Services $39300 $18.89
Home Health Care Services $39250 $18.87
Management of Companies and Enterprises $38950 $18.73
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $38840 $18.67
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $38570 $18.54
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $38410 $18.47
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $38390 $18.46
Office Administrative Services $38310 $18.42
Offices of Physicians $38180 $18.35
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $38120 $18.33
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $38040 $18.29
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $37410 $17.99
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $37160 $17.87
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $36950 $17.76
Direct Selling Establishments $36430 $17.51
Rental and Leasing Services $36300 $17.45

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