Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for pharmacy technicians in the United states was $33,950 in 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $24,120 per year, and the highest 10% earned more than $49,130 per year.
The top paying industry was hospitals, which has a median annual salary of $38,310. This was followed by pharmacies and drug stores ($31,840) and food and beverage stores ($31,610).
Autonomy and flexibility
Pharmacy technicians often work under qualified and experienced pharmacists. They will have some control over their decisions, but it is likely that they will often take instructions from pharmacists. As a result, it is likely that pharmacy technicians will have low autonomy.
Furthermore, pharmacy technicians are likely to work long hours. They will be employed by someone and therefore are unlikely to have control over their schedule and thus pharmacy technicians will have little flexibility.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a pharmacy technician, based on average annual salary and number of job opportunities available, are:
- Alaska, where the average annual salary is $47,658
- Mississippi, where the average annual salary is $43,497
- Maine, where the average annual salary is $42,282
- West Virginia, where the average annual salary is $39,189
- Oregon, where the average annual salary is $43,432
The worst states, according to Zippia, are Alabama, Missouri, Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida.
51% of pharmacy technicians in the United States were employed by pharmacies and drug stores. 17% were employed by hospitals and 9% by food and beverage stores. In nearly all of these settings, pharmacy technicians will spend most of their workday on their feet. As a result, they need to have physical stamina.