Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salary

The average pay for a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) is $13.02 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Mail Order Pharmacy. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$20,501 - $44,450
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$21K
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MEDIAN: $30,723
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$9.73 - $17.69
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,501 - $44,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $925  
Profit Sharing
$96.74 - $2,566  
Commission
$101.74  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,346 - $38,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $17.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.62 - $27.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $925  
   
Commission
$101.74  
Profit Sharing
$96.74 - $2,566  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,346 - $38,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9,074
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Job Description for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)

Certified pharmacy technicians (CPHTs) are responsible for assisting licensed pharmacists in the administration and handling of prescription drugs for patients, and they generally work in the pharmacies of hospitals and large clinics or separate retail pharmacies. Their work revolves around measuring drug amounts, careful labeling of pills, and ensuring that all necessary logging and reporting for dispensary operations is up-to-date at all times.

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Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Tasks

  • Prepare dosage medications for dispensing into bottles and unit dose packaging.
  • Assist in preparing and dispensing medication under direct supervision of Pharmacist.
  • Select, prepare and stock medications and supplies.
  • Collect patient information for prescription and billing.

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National Average: $27,641

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Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Reviews

What is it like working as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)?

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Smithtown:
Pros: There are several avenues job-seeking pharmacy technicians can take, including advanced certification programs for technicians who want to specialize in an area, such as drug therapy, pharmacy law or medical distribution.
Cons: One challenge is interacting with patients who are not always feeling well. The majority of your customers that you’re going to be dealing with are sick, whether it be a cold or sinus infection or a much more serious and a chronic condition.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Minneapolis:
"Working in pharmacy is rewarding as helping other people."
Pros: The job I have offers a variety of job duties. No two days are the same. I like being able to help people on a daily basis. I have formed many friendships in the position.
Cons: I do not like the demanding people or the fact that they do not take their own health care seriously. I wish the understood the need to follow through on physician visits. Bring your health insurance card with you please.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Kansas City:
"Great Job."
Pros: I like the challenge of the responsibilities of the job. Its a nice feeling that a pharmacist relies on us even though we are not educated like them. Patients put a lot of trust in us and as a whole team and it is a upstanding job. Its nice to hear patients appreciate the hard work we do for them.
Cons: Extremely Stressful, especially when you are understaffed. Peoples lives our in our hands and you have to be very focused and very detailed to laws and what is specific to your pharmacy. Errors made could harm someone very badly so if your software in the pharmacy is not working correctly and you have to spend extra time on QC your work it makes wait times longer and in return making patients mad. Another Con is patients to do not understand we are not just pulling drugs off a shelf and slapping a label on them there is much work. Insurance is another big issue, and when Drs call in scripts that are in-compliant, not on patients formulary, has drug interaction, or patient has an allergy yo the med prescribed.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Columbus:
"Stressful, Flexible."
Pros: I really enjoy helping others. It's good to know you're making a difference and saving lives.
Cons: I absolutely hate my schedule. I hate having to work random hours. I wish we had set schedules. I hate having to work holidays and weekends. I hate working really late at night. I hate how stressful and busy it can get.

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Experience Affects Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1461 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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