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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).
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More Washington Pharmacy Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Centralia
Associate
3,652
Vancouver
Associate
9,705
Lakewood
Associate
9,829
Lynnwood
Associate
8,435
Aberdeen
Associate
2,050
Longview
Associate
3,348
Renton
Associate
290
Seattle
Associate
357
Renton
Associate
4,915
Seattle
Associate
5,856
Mount Vernon
Associate
5,727
Spokane
Associate
6,961
Tacoma
Associate
5,811
Seattle
Doctorate
40,218
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bremerton-Silverdale 200 $44,360
Bellingham 180 $40,360
Longview 140 $40,670
Kennewick-Richland 250 $48,690
Mount Vernon-Anacortes 100 $41,880
Olympia-Tumwater 310 $39,880
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 4110 $43,200
Spokane-Spokane Valley 570 $41,270
Walla Walla 60 $40,780
Wenatchee 150 $39,600
Yakima 240 $35,540

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