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Pharmacy Technician

Average Pharmacy Technician Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


In a busy pharmacy, pharmacy technicians are the personnel who keep the operation going. In addition to serving customers, pharmacy technicians are responsible for a variety of tasks including maintaining prescription inventory. Without pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and pharmacies would not be as efficient in providing medications to clients in need.

Example pharmacy technician job description

Our pharmacy is seeking a focused and organized individual to fill the open role of the pharmacy technician at our store. The pharmacy technician operates under the direct supervision of the pharmacist and is responsible for performing the administrative and service-based duties that keep our customers satisfied. The ideal candidate for this position will be detail-oriented, possess the proper training and have a knack for paying attention to details. If you want to make a difference and enjoy a fast-paced environment, apply for this job today!

Typical duties include:

  • Create a welcoming environment by greeting all customers and providing quick and efficient service

  • Input patient information into the pharmacy database to ensure accurate records

  • Distribute over-the-counter medications

  • Manage customer requests and refer all prescription medication-based questions to the pharmacist

  • Direct proper storage of medications and maintain prescription stock and detailed inventory

  • Place orders for necessary prescriptions 

  • Assist pharmacist with refills, filling prescriptions and organizing customer orders

  • Operate the cash register, remit bills to customers and submit insurance claims to insurance companies

  • Maintain a safe  pharmacy environment by adhering to health code guidelines and corporate standards

  • Work as a collaborative team member to meet the service goals of the pharmacy

  • Report on daily pharmacy performance to the corporate office


  • Pharmacy Technician Certification

  • Customer service skills

  • Confidentiality

  • Ability to pay attention to detail

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Top verbal and written communication skills

  • Proven ability to manage inventory

  • Quality assurance experience

  • Knowledge of basic computer systems

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous billing experience

Previous pharmacy technician experience

Common questions about pharmacy technician jobs

How much does a pharmacy technician make?

The average pay for a trained pharmacy technician is $16.58 per hour. There’s an opportunity for pharmacy technicians to earn more based on experience.

What are the education requirements?

All pharmacy technicians are required to hold a high school diploma or GED. Most pharmacies also prefer proper training from accredited pharmacy technician programs.

Career paths for pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy technicians have the opportunity to work at private pharmacies, hospital pharmacies or commercial drug stores. Many pharmacy technicians use the position as a stepping stone while completing their education to become a pharmacist.

The future of pharmacy technicians

Over the next ten years, there will be many job opportunities for pharmacy technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), between 2018-2028 the position is projected to grow by 7%, which is faster than the average for all other positions.

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