A Pharmacy Technician earns an average wage of $12.56 per hour. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Mail Order Pharmacy and Long Term Care. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

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MEDIAN: $31,007
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$9.46 - $18.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,133 - $48,237  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,215  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $3,500  
Commission
$207.50  
Total Pay (?
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$19,717 - $38,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 790
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $18.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.57  
Overtime
$13.67 - $27.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$100.67 - $2,215  
   
Commission
$207.50  
Profit Sharing
$125.00 - $3,500  
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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$19,717 - $38,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12,597
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Job Description for Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians work primarily for independent pharmacies or pharmaceutical departments of drug stores, such as CVS or Walgreens, and may also work at hospitals or clinics which dispense medication directly to patients.

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Pharmacy Technician 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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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,631

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Pharmacy Technician Reviews

What is it like working as a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technician in Evans:
"Work experience."
Pros: I work in a calm environment with very nice coworkers. I enjoy everyday at my job. My boss is a awesome person. He is very understanding of his employees taking time off to be with family. The customers are awesome to work with.
Cons: The only perks I have is monday-Friday 10 to 6. I am not offered any benefits regarding health insurance.

Pharmacy Technician in Clinton Township:
"Pharmacy Retail."
Pros: The some of the technician and some of the Pharmacist are easy to work and are friendly.
Cons: The corporate culture and management sucks. The Pharmacist are over worked and the entire staff are always stressed when rotating scheduling does not cover the demands of pharmacy fills. Even the prescription software sucks the issue the internet connection happen way to often and customers are annoyed. Then there's the title of Pharmacy Technician which is kept secretive, I was told that all tech are just tech I and not tech II. Which is a bunch of bologna....we all know who is consider the lead Technician. The Pharmacy manager only communicates with certain employees and if you do your job incorrectly she treats you like crap for a couple of days and has someone else take care of your mistake. As well as if you approach management with any grievances they do not follow through on there promises and just ignore.

Pharmacy Technician in Watertown:
"Good job for a college student."
Pros: I like learning about new medications and working in the medical field.
Cons: You sometimes work odd hours. You may also be required to get certified on hire within a certain time frame.

Pharmacy Technician in Pittsburgh:
"Stress level/ Teamwork."
Pros: Teamwork, hours of operation, overall atmosphere, fairness with supervisors/managers.
Cons: Being on my feet literally for 8 straight hours. Repetitive movement resulting in upper back pain, knee pain and aching feet.

Pharmacy Technician in Cleveland:
Pros: I love what do! Handling the customers one on one. I like that my job very from day to day because there is so much to do.
Cons: It is no order at my job and we are extremely short staff not enough people working so we can't get anything done.

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Experience Affects Pharmacy Technician Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Pharmacy Technician Salaries




Inventory Management
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Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Computer Service
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
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Typing
0%

Insurance
0%

Medicaid & Medicare Billing
0%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

Phone Support
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Composite Fillings
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Retail Pharmacy
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1407 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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