Salary


All new graduates start at the entry level pharmacy technician salary.  Factors that can affect salary include the following:

Certification– Certification lets employers know that you have the skills and knowledge to be a successful pharmacy technician.  Being certified may award you a higher salary even over someone who has more experience.

Education Level- Having gone through pharmacy technician schooling helps you to advance quicker and will help to increase your salary.

Geographic Location- The cost of living and the economy will both effect salary.

Type of Employer- Pharmacy technicians working in a retail chain or hospital will have access to higher salaries than those working in small, independent pharmacies.

According to Salary.com information for 2009

Entry level Pharmacy Technicians with 0-3 years experience earned on average

$27,117- $33,667

Pharmacy Technicians with 4-6 years experience earned on average

$31,534- $39,292

Pharmacy Technician Supervisors with 6 or more years experience earned on average

$41,306- $53,138       

Pharmacy Technicians also enjoy many other benefits, such as :

Health benefits

Paid vacation

Paid holidays

Paid sick leave

401 K retirement

The following state by state salary information is based on The Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2008.

State

Hourly Wage

Annual Wage

Alabama

$11.63

$24,190

Alaska

$17.42

$36,240

Arizona

$14.04

$29,210

Arkansas

$11.49

$23,900

California

$17.36

$36,100

Colorado

$15.21

$31,630

Connecticut

$14.95

$31,090

Delaware

$13.15

$27,350

Florida

$13.41

$27,890

Georgia

$12.82

$26,660

Hawaii

$17.00

$35,370

Idaho

$13.82

$28,750

Illinois

$13.39

$27,850

Indiana

$12.81

$26,650

Iowa

$12.86

$26,760

Kansas

$12.46

$25,910

Kentucky

$11.71

$24,370

Louisiana

$12.68

$26,370

Maine

$12.99

$27,020

Maryland

$14.33

$29,810

Massachusetts

$14.75

$30,680

Michigan

$13.46

$28,000

Minnesota

$14.53

$30,230

Mississippi

$11.96

$24,880

Missouri

$11.81

$24,560

Montana

$13.78

$28,660

Nebraska

$12.63

$26,270

Nevada

$16.16

$33,610

New Hampshire

$13.84

$28,780

New Jersey

$13.77

$28,650

New Mexico

$13.92

$28,950

New York

$14.10

$29,340

North Carolina

$12.38

$25,740

North Dakota

$14.02

$29,150

Ohio

$12.53

$26,050

Oklahoma

$11.59

$24,110

Oregon

$15.74

$32,740

Pennsylvania

$12.70

$26,410

Rhode Island

$14.44

$30,030

South Carolina

$12.20

$25,370

South Dakota

$13.17

$27,390

Tennessee

$13.36

$27,790

Texas

$13.68

$28,450

Utah

$14.80

$30,780

Vermont

$13.45

$27,980

Virginia

$13.15

$27,350

Washington

$17.29

$35,960

West Virginia

$11.35

$23,620

Wisconsin

$13.50

$28,080

Wyoming

$14.34

$29,840

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2008[s1]