How Much do Pharmacy Techs Make?

Do pharmacy techs make a lot of money? What is the average pay for pharmacy techs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy techs in the United States earn an average of $35,250 a year, equivalent to $16.95 an hour. Pharmacy techs make 34% less than the average American worker.

Pharmacy techs in California are the best paid, making $45,200 a year, while pharmacy techs in Kentucky make the least at $30,040.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Pharmacy Tech Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $23.62 $49,130
75th $19.44 $40,440
50th $16.32 $33,950
25th $13.45 $27,980
10th $11.60 $24,120
Pharmacy Tech Wages by State

In what states do pharmacy techs make the most? In what states do pharmacy techs make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $14.82 $30,830
Alaska $21.29 $44,280
Arizona $17.39 $36,170
Arkansas $14.87 $30,930
California $21.73 $45,200
Colorado $18.27 $38,000
Connecticut $17.02 $35,400
Delaware $16.18 $33,650
Florida $16.02 $33,330
Georgia $15.08 $31,360
Hawaii $20.14 $41,880
Idaho $17.60 $36,600
Illinois $16.15 $33,590
Indiana $15.58 $32,410
Iowa $16.07 $33,430
Kansas $16.54 $34,390
Kentucky $14.44 $30,040
Louisiana $16.38 $34,070
Maine $15.84 $32,960
Maryland $17.00 $35,350
Massachusetts $18.06 $37,570
Michigan $16.27 $33,850
Minnesota $18.43 $38,330
Mississippi $15.72 $32,700
Missouri $15.76 $32,790
Montana $17.50 $36,390
Nebraska $16.47 $34,260
Nevada $18.34 $38,150
New Hampshire $16.05 $33,380
New Jersey $16.61 $34,550
New Mexico $16.66 $34,650
New York $17.21 $35,790
North Carolina $15.67 $32,600
North Dakota $19.12 $39,770
Ohio $15.08 $31,360
Oklahoma $15.36 $31,940
Oregon $20.27 $42,160
Pennsylvania $14.97 $31,130
Rhode Island $18.21 $37,880
South Carolina $15.70 $32,660
South Dakota $16.53 $34,380
Tennessee $16.59 $34,510
Texas $17.13 $35,620
Utah $18.01 $37,470
Vermont $17.22 $35,810
Virginia $16.44 $34,190
Washington $21.11 $43,910
West Virginia $14.61 $30,380
Wisconsin $16.37 $34,050
Wyoming $18.26 $37,980
Metro Areas Where Pharmacy Techs Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Francisco, CA $24.56 $51,090
Santa Rosa, CA $24.42 $50,790
Santa Barbara, CA $24.07 $50,070
Vallejo, CA $23.69 $49,280
Salinas, CA $23.59 $49,060
Napa, CA $23.58 $49,040
San Jose, CA $23.34 $48,550
Madera, CA $22.78 $47,380
Sacramento, CA $22.64 $47,090
Olympia, WA $21.93 $45,620
Pharmacy Tech Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $16.95 $35,250
2018 $16.35 $34,020
2017 $15.90 $33,060
2016 $15.47 $32,170
2015 $15.23 $31,680
2014 $14.95 $31,090
2013 $14.83 $30,840
2012 $14.63 $30,430
2011 $14.43 $30,020