Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians pull down an average of $12.45 per hour. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians making up 79 percent. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$19,051 - $46,208
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$29K
$46K
MEDIAN: $29,094
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$9.87 - $16.14
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$0$46K
Salary $19,051 - $46,208
Bonus $101.37 - $1,035
Profit Sharing $375.00
Commission $300.00
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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$20,532 - $34,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 159
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $9.87 - $16.14
Hourly Tips $2.68
Overtime $13.67 - $25.53
Annual Data $0$34K
Bonus $101.37 - $1,035
Commission $300.00
Profit Sharing $375.00
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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$20,532 - $34,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,141

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Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)


CVS / Pharmacy, Walgreen's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Walgreen Co., and The Kroger Company are all popular places to work. CVS Caremark Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $29K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $20K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $44K. Other big spenders include Omnicare, Inc, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Costco Wholesale Company, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians see paychecks nearing $28K, $27K, or $26K.

Offering a median salary of only $21K, Rite Aid Corp gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $18K to $34K isn't that wide, either. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Fred's Pharmacy at $21K, and Rite Aid Pharmacy where $22K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians there earn up to $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,204

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Pharmacy Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+19 percent), Boston (+13 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Florida:
Go to pharmacy school. You will make a boat load more!

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Savannah:
Ask as many questions as possible. Explore all options for a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Never be intimidated by something you've never done before.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Lexington:
To be very organized and learn to speak with the public.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Cleveland:
"HOW LOW THE PAY IS."
KEEP GOING TO BECOME A PHARMACIST OR USE THIS JOB AS PART TIME HARD TO MAKE A LIVING OFF OF THE PAY.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Milwaukee:
"Change is good."
In pharmacy, it's good to perfect what you know, but don't be afraid to switch companies or toles every 2 to 3 years. Technicians who do this tend to make 50% more over the course of their lifetime. You will pick up additional skills to make you valuable and while you might get a 2 to 3% raise each year with your employer, you could get 8-10% or more by switching jobs.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Tigard:
"Great job for those that are detail-oriented."
Patience. And take your time, do not rush.

Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) in Plainfield:
"Is there a CphT job bubble?"
In my profession, I find a lot of new certified techs looking for work. There also seems to be a lot of new schools offering certification programs than ever, as I was once approached to instruct one. I turned it down, since it truly should be taught by a Pharmacist, in my opinion. I realized then it was about the money. Pump as many out of classes in a hurry at the least cost to the training company. While there are very talented Techs who could teach the class, the National exam is based on more knowledge of a Pharmacist. Let's face it, you are the main right hand of the Pharmacist. That being said, where are the jobs? Why is this field not growing like once predicted by "experts"? What are all these people doing since they have spent time and money for these classes and still have to spend more money for continued education to keep their certification? Before signing up for a class, make sure it is accredited and they have job assistance with a high placement rating.

Key Stats for Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT)

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPHT) Salaries


Long Term Care
▲11%

Customer Service Metrics
▲3%

National Average
$26,000

Retail
▼1%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼1%

▼2%

▼2%






▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 420 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 42%
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