Pharmacy Technician Pay
Pharmacy technicians are the backbone of the pharmacy—they hold up the entire operation and keep things running smoothly. This guide will give pharmacy technicians an idea of what they can expect to earn in this economy and give pharmacists the scoop on what technicians should be paid based on geographic location, experience level, and industry sector.
Before we take a look at 2016, let’s look at the highlights from 2015. According to Salary.com, in 2015 pharmacy technicians could expect to earn anywhere from $26,000 to $39,000 per year, with the average salary coming in around $32,000. Pharmacy technicians in California earned an average annual salary of slightly more than $34,000, according to Open Farm Tech’s website.
Just like with pharmacists, the factors that influence technician pay, remain unchanged: geographic location, health care setting and experience continue to play the most significant roles in determining a pharmacy technician’s individual salary.
For the 2016 Pharmacy Technician Salary Guide, I consulted a number of sources to try to give you a well-rounded picture of pharmacy technician salaries in the U.S. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
According to the results of a PayScale.com survey, pharmacy technicians’ annual salaries fell between $18,964 and $38,362, which translates to an hourly pay rate of $9.08 and $17.65. The median hourly wage is $12.26.
Mail-order pharmacy and long-term care experience can boost a pharmacy technician’s salary, and according to PayScale.com, experience does make a difference in pharmacy technician salary calculations:
Although there is a significant increase in average annual earnings after the first five years on the job, average annual income tapers off as pharmacy technicians become more experienced. The survey noted that few pharmacy technicians have more than 20 years of experience.
Next: US News & World Report 2014 Rankings, Salary.com
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