Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians work in a pharmacy (drug store) and are supervised by a licensed pharmacist. They are in charge of preparing prescribed medications, collectioning payment and providing drugs to patients. They also oversee the operations of dispensary units in hospital pharmacies.

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How much money does a pharmacy technician earn?

From the U.S. Department of Labor:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for Pharmacy Technicians as of May 2008 is, $28,500. This would amount to $13.70 per hour. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.

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  • Pharmacy techs are paid very poorly during their early years of employment. It's up to the pharmacist to how high or low your pay cheque will be. They have the monopoly over the techs. On the Early stages techs receive $25 000- $35 000. Once you have seniority (10 years of experience!) you will make around $40 000 yearly. * According to the American Medical Association, the average starting salary for pharmacy technicians is $19,000. The wages vary by industry and level of experience
  • The salary per year for a pharmacy technician is about $10.00 to $17.00 per hour. The median expected salary for a typical Pharmacy Technician I in the United States is $24,954.
  • Ask someone at the reference desk of your local public library for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It lists all kinds of information you would need to know,(including the salary) of just about any occupation you can think of.
  • I don't know how much pharmacy techs make in Florida, but I live in North Carolina and I am a pharmacy tech. I make $10.00 and hour because I am not yet certified. Once I am certified I'm sure it will be a lot more.
  • I just got hired at a place in Ohio.... and they are starting me off at $9.50 an hour. and I'm not even certified yet.
  • As i understand it Utah and 1 other state are the only states that REQUIRE a certification course with internship hours and state testing before you ever start working in a pharmacy... this may make these 2 states pay more... according to my OWATC class in Utah the starting pay is about 12.00/hour but i have heard of people starting as high as 15 or 16 per hour... any thoughts?
  • Earnings of $20-40 dollars an hour are extremely rare, especially within the domain of retail pharmacy chains, where most prescriptions are filled, giving these chains dominance in the pharmacy marketplace and, in turn, creating a large repository of pharmacy technician jobs. Those who make within the range posted for the aforementioned answer are usually pharmacy interns, not technicians.
  • What I have encountered among my colleagues while being a pharmacy technician for a large pharmacy retail chain, a pharmacy technician could earn anywhere between $7.00 and $20.00 per hour, depending on years of experience, pharmacy technician certifications (certifications from the federal government and state of residence in the US), and any formal education gearing one towards pharmacy technician practices and procedures (e.g. strong mathematical and algebraic skills are required. However, having some knowledge in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathology, and psychiatry/psychology are helpful, but not required). Further, having strong customer service skills, being able to learn by example, and possessing lots of patience are a must for this job.
  • I get paid $15.00/hour at CVS.
  • I was just RAISED to $7.55/hour after 6 months of employment
  • I make $8.27/hour at CVS in New England. I have 2 years experience (at CVS) and am certified in my state. I am also attending the pharmacy school in the fall. As I have found, the pay rate depends on the district manager, especially in large, retail pharmacies.
  • I make $18/ph and have a travel allowance of about $35/pweek-I thought this was pretty low, maybe not! I have only just fully qualified last month (Wellington, NZ)
  • I work in hospital pharmacy in Washington State and make $ 19.45 an hour. This is with 9 years of experience. Our hourly rate ranges from $ 15.50 - $ 23.50 per hour. We are required to be licensed and some of us are Nationally certified as well. Our hospital does not recognize national certification as a reason to pay higher wages, but many retail sites in our area do.
  • I am a pharmacy technician for Kroger Pharmacy in GA and I make $7.50 an hour starting out, but that is because I have customer service experience. Everyone else stats out at $7.00. We get raises and I know in one year you get a .50 cent raise so that would put me at $8.00 an hour without certification. With certification with each level it is a .75 cent raise until you get national certification and then I am not sure what it is.
  • I am employed in California not certified and make $21 an hour with 3 years experience. I work inpatient which pays a lot more than retail from the looks of things. I would never work retail, you don't get to put your skills to use.
  • CANADA - I work in a CANADIAN hospital. I am a Certified Pharmacy tech and I make $25.77/hour. Retails pharmacies in this area (Ontario) vary according to managers designated payscales however it ranges from about $10-$20/hour. There are many changes happening with Pharmacy Technicians in Canada and we are currenly going through a Regulatory Process. One can only assume that our payscale will rise after this in place.
  • I am a certified and state licensed tech in Texas, I started at $9.50 while not certified, I was bumped to $12.00/hr when certified, and am now making $13.50 with about a year of experience. I work at a major drugstore chain. Senior techs at our store get paid according to profits and get bonuses. Minimum for a senior tech is $16.00 an hour here, and with profit sharing goes as high as $21 an hour, and senior techs make a bonus that's about 35% of the pharmacy manager's bonus, if this is a busy 24 hour location, it can sometimes be a bonus in excess of $10,000 before taxes. Don't work at a big box store (wal mart, kroger, target) as they pay much less. Drugstores, hospitals are best.
  • I work at Rite Aide as a pharmacy tech and get paid minimum wage ($7.25/hr). I'm not certified yet, but once I am I'll be getting paid an extra dollar. This job is a lot of work and the worst part about it is dealing with rude customers. It's definitely not a job worth doing for minimum wage. It could be that Rite Aide is just a horrible company to work for.
  • I am employed in Texas as well but, I am at a big-box retailer and the horror stories are true. I am a certified and licensed (registered) C.ph.t and I have been with the company for 10 years in my position. I have been the lead technician for 6 of those years. I am making only 14.95 per hour and I am no longer eligible for raises and we do not get bonuses or any other incentive pay. I am the only full time pharm tech at my store and it is a hassle to get declared as full time. If you are not full time the max rate of pay is around 13.50. Do not work at a major non pharmacy retailer such as Target, Kroger, or Wal-Mart if you are looking for a career. The focus is on sales alone and you are basically treated as a cashier.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for Pharmacy Technicians as of May 2008 is, $28,500. This would amount to $13.70 per hour. Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.

There are also other factors that determine the salary of a pharmacy technician. For one is the location (state) where you will be working. There are states that pay more. Another is the size and type of the company, and the credentials (certification and years of experience) that the applicant present to the employer.

The median expected salary for a typical Pharmacy Technician in the United States is $24,839.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for Pharmacy Technicians as of May 2008 is, $28,500. This would amount to $13.70 per hour. Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.

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What do you need to work as a pharmacy technician?

The following is written by and according to the U.S. Department of Labor and particular to the education and training required for Pharmacy technicians and aids.

There are no standard training requirements for pharmacy technicians, but some States require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Although most pharmacy technicians receive informal on-the-job training, employers favor those who have completed formal training and certification. On-the-job training generally ranges between 3 and 12 months.

Formal technician education programs are available through a variety of organizations, including community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals, and the military. These programs range from 6 months to 2 years and include classroom and laboratory work. They cover a variety of subject areas, such as medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy recordkeeping, pharmaceutical techniques, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also are required to learn the names, actions, uses, and doses of the medications they work with. Many training programs include internships, in which students gain hands-on experience in actual pharmacies. After completion, students receive a diploma, a certificate, or an associate's degree, depending on the program.

There are no formal education requirements for pharmacy aides, but employers may favor applicants with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Experience operating a cash register, interacting with customers, managing inventory, and using computers may be helpful. Pharmacy aides also receive informal on-the-job training that generally lasts less than 3 months.

Certification and other qualifications. In most States, pharmacy technicians must be registered with the State board of pharmacy. Eligibility requirements vary, but in some States applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and pay an application fee.

The good news for those interested in getting into this industry is that they wouldn't have to have a hard time searching for schools or training centers offering training programs for this as there are now tons of online providers distributing online pharmacy technician courses that is accredited and approved by state boards.

Most States do not require technicians to be certified, but voluntary certification is available through several private organizations. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT) administer national certification examinations. Certification through such programs may enhance an applicant's prospects for employment and is required by some States and employers. To be eligible for either exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and no felony convictions of any kind. In addition, applicants for the PTCB exam must not have had any drug-related or pharmacy-related convictions, including misdemeanors. Many employers will reimburse the cost of the exams.

Under these programs, technicians must be recertified every 2 years. Recertification requires 20 hours of continuing education within the 2-year certification period. Continuing education hours can be earned from several different sources, including colleges, pharmacy associations, and pharmacy technician training programs. Up to 10 hours of continuing education also can be earned on the job under the direct supervision and instruction of a pharmacist.

Good customer service and communication skills are needed because pharmacy technicians and aides interact with patients, coworkers, and healthcare professionals. Basic mathematics, spelling, and reading skills also are important, as technicians must interpret prescription orders and verify drug doses. Technicians also must be precise: details are sometimes a matter of life and death.

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What is the non-certified starting pharmacy technician pay in Tampa fl?

Non Certified at a walgreens, cvs or publix will be about 8/hr with a 1/hr raise once you get certified in about 6 months. Hospitals want certification but they start around 11/hr.

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What is the difference between a pharmacy technician and a pharmacist?

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. Pharmacists dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists also monitor the health and progress of patients in response to drug therapy to ensure safe and effective use of medication. Pharmacists must understand the use, clinical effects, and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties. Compoundingthe actual mixing of ingredients to form powders, tablets, capsules, ointments, and solutionsis a small part of a pharmacists practice, because most medicines are produced by pharmaceutical companies in a standard dosage and drug delivery form. Traditionally, most pharmacists work in a community setting, such as a retail drugstore, or in a healthcare facility, such as a hospital, nursing home, mental health institution, or neighborhood health clinic. "Pharmacy aide" is yet another related job. They work closely with pharmacy technicians. They are often clerks or cashiers who primarily answer telephones, handle money, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties. Pharmacy technicians usually perform more complex tasks than do pharmacy aides, although, in some States, their duties and job titles overlap. Pharmacy technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctors office. They must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to a patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications. In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities. They read patient charts and prepare and deliver the medicine to patients. The pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient. The technician then copies the information about the prescribed medication onto the patients profile. Technicians also may assemble a 24-hour supply of medicine for every patient. They package and label each dose separately. The package is then placed in the medicine cabinet of each patient until the supervising pharmacist checks it for accuracy. It is then given to the patient.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.

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I'm only a pharmacy tech but I've worked around the pharmacists of course. They make sure the techs do their job and make sure they always have something to do. They check prescriptions to verify that it is the right medication for the right patient and bag it up and put it away for the customer. It can be a little different from retail to hospital but mainly the same thing. They supervise their techs and check and confirm medications. They also counsel the patients. Techs arent aloud to do that

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the estimated mean annual wage for pharmacy technicians as of May 2008 is, $28,500. This would amount to $13.70 per hour. Median hourly wages of wage and salary pharmacy technicians in May 2008 were $13.32. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.95 and $15.88. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.27, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $18.98.

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