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).