Pharmacy Technician Salary: Your Credentials Matter

By Brett Frasch
Many aspiring pharmacy technicians are very much interested with this career because of its promise of good financial rewards, but this can only be attainable if you would work hard to help yourself become more competitive and proficient in performing your duties and responsibilities. To make the most out of your pharmacy technician salary, you will have to focus on improving your credentials.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pharmacy technician salary is $14.10 per hour and $29,300 per year. If you’re wondering which industries pay pharmacy technicians the most, these are the Federal Executive Branch, Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services, and Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools.

One of the best ways to earn a higher pharmacy technician salary is to ensure that you have already received certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (PTCB). Being certified will also help increase your chances of being preferred by more employers and other high-paying employment opportunities.

Your pharmacy technician salary can also be dictated by your educational background. In becoming a pharmacy tech, there is really no formal education requirements, but since this career can be very competitive, those who have acquired formal education are usually preferred by more employers and they also have a better chance of getting higher pay as well.

Higher pharmacy technician salary can also be achieved by gaining sufficient work experience over the years. Even though you can’t really advance a lot in this career, you may still be promoted to supervisory or specialty positions. If you still have the luxury of time or money, you may opt to pursue further education and become a licensed pharmacist.

Another great way of getting a higher pharmacy technician salary is to find employment in big pharmaceutical firms or companies. Of course this still requires that you have the best credentials possible in order to be qualified for the best employment opportunities. Continuing education and getting recertified every 2 years will also help keep you updated with the latest developments in the pharmacy tech career and therefore make you more competitive and proficient as well.

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