Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salary

The average pay for a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) is $12.65 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Mail Order Pharmacy, Pediatrics, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and Long Term Care. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$20,354 - $43,293
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$43K
MEDIAN: $30,325
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$9.38 - $17.28
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,354 - $43,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $969  
Profit Sharing
$100.13 - $2,540  
Commission
$50.00 - $2,750  
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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$19,744 - $37,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 631
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.38 - $17.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$12.36 - $26.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $969  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $2,750  
Profit Sharing
$100.13 - $2,540  
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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$19,744 - $37,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,124

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Job Description for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)

The role of the pharmacy technician is to assist the pharmacist in the filling of prescriptions, ordering of medications, communications with medical offices, customer service, and overall operations of the pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians may work in retail, mail-order or hospital settings. In the hospital, pharmacy technicians have the added duties of IV medication preparation and medication delivery throughout the hospital. Pharmacy technician training can be completed by a certificate or 2-year A.S. degree program. Upon completion, a student can sit for the national pharmacy certification exam, and use the initials CPhT upon passing. Many states also require licensing of pharmacy technicians in addition to national certification. Certification and licensing must be renewed every 2 years, and requires the completion of continuing education for renewal. Pharmacy technicians work solely indoors, but may come into contact with hazardous materials, such as chemotherapy medications. The ideal pharmacy technician has great people skills, is organized, and has good math skills. Work hours vary, and often include nights, holidays, and weekends.


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

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
$27,000


Skills That Affect Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1524 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 34%