The median annual wage of pharmacy technicians was $28,400 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,840, and the top 10 percent earned more than $40,710.
As shown in the tabulation below, median annual wages for pharmacy technicians in hospitals were $32,400 in May 2010, highest among those industries employing much of the occupation:
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||$32,400|
|Pharmacies and drug stores||27,160|
|Other general merchandise stores||25,330|
Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends. Although most pharmacy technicians work full time, many work part time.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition