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Pharmacy Assistant

Pharmacy Aides | Assistant

  • The demand for pharmacy aides/assitant is at an all time high. Pharmacy aides/assitant are assistants to the pharmacist, and are mainly employed in retail pharmacies.
  • Pharmacy aides/assitant assist licensed pharmacists in providing medication and health care to patients.
  • Pharmacy aides/assitant assist in preparation of prescribed medication for patients and perform clerical tasks.
  • Most State law require the work of pharmacy aides/assitant to be closely supervised by pharmacists.
  • Some hospitals and pharmacies employ pharmacy aides, whose duties may be similar to those of technicians.
  • Pharmacy aides/assitant in retail pharmacies often work as clerks or cashiers. Pharmacy aides/assitant may answer phones, handle money, and perform clerical functions.
  • Pharmacy aides/assitant who work in hospitals deliver medication to patients. They also assist in the hospital pharmacy with duties such as stocking shelves.
  • Pharmacy Assistants Aides typically work in hospital or retail pharmacies that are organized, organized, well-lit, and well-ventilated.
  • Pharmacy Assistants also work in the grocery or department store pharmacies.
  • Pharmacy Assistants spend most of their workday on their feet.
  • Pharmacy Assistant physical demands or activities may include lifting heavy boxes, moving delivery carts, and using stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.
  • Aides work the same hours that pharmacists work.

Pharmacy Aides Duties

  • Pharmacy Aides take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications and inform the pharmacist of stock needs to ensure that the pharmacy has critical medications available to meet customer needs.
  • Pharmacy Aides also help with the maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Pharmacy Aides operate cash registers, credit card or ATM processing equipment, and multi-line telephone systems.
  • Pharmacy Aides operate desktop computers, enter data into databases, and use spreadsheet and word processing software.
  • Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs.

Pharmacy Aides Employment Job Titles

  • Pharmacy Clerk,
  • Pharmacy Aide,
  • Pharmacy Ancillary,
  • Pharmacy Assistant,
  • Front Counter Clerk
  • Pharmacy Cashier,
  • Certified Pharmacist Assistant
  • Dispensary Attendants,
  • Drug Clerks,
  • Prescription Clerks

Pharmacy Aides Education | Training Requirements

  • Pharmacy Aides typically receive informal on-the-job training. Most employers favor those with at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Candidates interested in becoming Pharmacy Aides cannot have prior records of drug or substance abuse; therefore, they may be required to pass a criminal background check or obtain a Live Scan fingerprint clearance.

Pharmacy AidesSalary Average by States

Occupation: Pharmacy Aides (SOC code 319095)
Period: May 2013
  • Alaska was has highest wage at hourly of 19.67 and annual salary of 40910
  • West Virginia has lowest wage at hourly of 9.27 and annual salary of 19290
State
Hourly Wage
Annual Wage
Alabama
9.56
19880
Alaska
19.67
40910
Arizona
9.89
20580
Arkansas
9.49
19750
California
12.94
26920
Colorado
15.19
31590
Connecticut
11.62
24170
District of Columbia
17.72
36850
Florida
10.58
22000
Georgia
10.26
21340
Hawaii
10.98
22830
Idaho
12.34
25680
Illinois
10.69
22230
Indiana
10.36
21550
Iowa
10.68
22210
Kansas
10.19
21200
Kentucky
11.68
24300
Louisiana
10.51
21850
Maine
10.68
22210
Maryland
11.99
24940
Massachusetts
11.4
23710
Michigan
9.85
20480
Minnesota
11.04
22970
Mississippi
10.71
22270
Missouri
12.69
26400
Montana
11.44
23800
Nebraska
11.51
23930
Nevada
10.29
21410
New Jersey
10.38
21600
New Mexico
13.02
27090
New York
11.4
23720
North Carolina
9.55
19860
North Dakota
10.34
21510
Ohio
10.08
20960
Oklahoma
9.87
20530
Oregon
11.76
24460
Pennsylvania
11.35
23610
Puerto Rico
9.37
19480
Rhode Island
14.44
30040
South Carolina
9.69
20160
Tennessee
9.65
20070
Texas
10.87
22610
Utah
12.05
25060
Vermont
11.08
23040
Virginia
10.62
22080
Washington
12.8
26620
West Virginia
9.27
19290
Wisconsin
10.15
21120
Wyoming
11.63
24200

Pharmacy Aides Salary Average by States

Occupation: Pharmacy Aides (SOC code 319095)
Period: May 2011
State
Hourly Wage
Annual Wage
Alabama
9.64
20040
Arizona
10.83
22530
Arkansas
9.54
19830
California
12.39
25780
Colorado
14.36
29870
Connecticut
11.83
24610
District of Columbia
16.62
34570
Florida
10.27
21350
Georgia
9.99
20780
Hawaii
10.93
22740
Idaho
12.22
25410
Illinois
13.18
27410
Indiana
10.15
21110
Iowa
11.16
23220
Kansas
10.56
21960
Kentucky
11.53
23990
Louisiana
10.51
21860
Maine
11.56
24050
Maryland
12.41
25810
Massachusetts
11.24
23380
Michigan
11.54
24000
Minnesota
11.01
22910
Mississippi
10.09
20980
Missouri
12.12
25220
Montana
11.45
23810
Nebraska
9.73
20240
Nevada
10.74
22330
New Hampshire
9.75
20290
New Jersey
10.34
21500
New Mexico
13.38
27840
New York
11.89
24730
North Carolina
10.8
22460
North Dakota
10.43
21690
Ohio
10.11
21020
Oklahoma
9.02
18770
Oregon
11.84
24640
Pennsylvania
11.7
24330
Puerto Rico
9.33
19400
Rhode Island
13.35
27780
South Carolina
9.65
20070
Tennessee
9.81
20400
Texas
10.77
22390
Utah
11.55
24020
Vermont
11.08
23050
Virginia
11.05
22980
Washington
11.82
24590
West Virginia
10.04
20880
Wisconsin
10.29
21400
Wyoming
11.33
23570
Footnotes: (2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

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Added: Fri Jul 06 2012
Last Modified: Fri Feb 21 2014