Washington Pharmacy Technician Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington

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Fast Facts for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists with the dispensing of prescription medicines to customers and health care professionals. They work in pharmacies, including those found in grocery stores, drug stores, and hospitals. Most pharmacy technicians are employed in full-time positions, but many of them work on a part-time basis.

If you are considering a career as a pharmacy technician, here is some helpful information:

  • The 2012 national median pay for pharmacy technicians was $29,320, and the 2012 national median hourly pay for pharmacy technicians was $14.10 per hour, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • The number of jobs reported nationally in 2012 was 355,300, according to the BLS.
  • The national job outlook for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase 20 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS.
  • To obtain a job as a pharmacy technician, you need a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Cities with the highest percentage of jobs relative to the population in the state of Washington (employment per 1,000 people) include: Longview (2.82); Spokane (2.96); and Yakima (3.25).
  • Cities with the lowest percentage of jobs relative to population in the state of Washington (employment per 1,000 people) include: Kennewick-Pasco-Richand (1.70); Bellingham (2.11); and Wenatchee-E.Wenatchee (2.19).
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs in Washington include: Spokane (590); Tacoma (610); and the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area (3,420).

Salaries for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington

  • Metro areas in Washington with the highest mean annual salaries include: Bellingham ($38,610); Wenatchee-E.Wenatchee ($38,750) and Seattle-Bellevue-Everett ($41,770).
  • Metro areas in Washington with the lowest mean annual salaries include: Yakima ($34,710); Longview ($36,770) and Spokane ($36,910).

Schools for Pharmacy Technicians in Washington are listed below.

Selected Pharmacy Technician Schools in Washington

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More Washington Pharmacy Technician Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Centralia College Centralia Associate 3,652
Clark College Vancouver Associate 9,705
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood Associate 9,829
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood Associate 8,435
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen Associate 2,050
Lower Columbia College Longview Associate 3,348
Pima Medical Institute Renton Renton Associate 290
Pima Medical Institute Seattle Seattle Associate 357
Renton Technical College Renton Associate 4,915
Seattle Community College-North Campus Seattle Associate 5,856
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Associate 5,727
Spokane Community College Spokane Associate 6,961
Tacoma Community College Tacoma Associate 5,811
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle Doctorate 40,218
Yakima Valley Community College Yakima Associate 4,354

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Pharmacy Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Washington. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Pharmacy Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Pharmacy Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bremerton 200 $43280 0.9
Silverdale 200 $43280 0.9
Bellingham 190 $41410 0.86
Longview 120 $41660 1.23
Mount Vernon 90 $42270 0.72
Anacortes 90 $42270 0.72
Kennewick 220 $38080 0.78
Richland 220 $38080 0.78
Olympia 270 $42500 0.96
Tumwater 270 $42500 0.96
Seattle 4190 $42370 0.84
Tacoma 4190 $42370 0.84
Bellevue 4190 $42370 0.84
Spokane 600 $40210 0.99
Spokane Valley 600 $40210 0.99
Walla Walla 50 $42570 0.78
Wenatchee 140 $36660 1.17
Yakima 300 $36020 1.27
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