Pay for Pharmacy Technicians in Oregon Outpaces National Average

Posted Monday, Oct 17, 2011 by Allen B. Ury

Pharmacy TechnicianIn Oregon, the average pay for pharmacy technicians is significantly higher than the national average, especially early in their careers, according to data from O*NET Online, the web-based employment resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Oregon Labor Department’s Oregon Labor Market Information System.

According to these sources, starting salaries for entry-level pharmacy technicians in Oregon, representing the bottom 10 percent of wage earners in this profession, average $25,500 per year compared to just $19,800 nationally, a difference of 29 percent. The median salary for pharmacy technicians in Oregon is $34,400 per year compared to $28,400 at the national level, a difference of 21 percent. Only among top earners in this field does the pay disparity between state and national narrow significantly. In Oregon, the top 10 percent of pharmacy technicians earn an average $43,400 per year while the national figure is $40,700, a difference of 6.6 percent.

What Do Pharmacy Technicians Do?

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, assist customers and often perform many administrative duties. They receive prescription requests, count tablets and label bottles as well as take phone calls and operate cash registers.

They can often be found working in retail pharmacies, online pharmacies and in clinics and hospitals.

Basic skills required to be a pharmacy technician include:

• Customer and personal service
• Mathematics, including algebra, geometry, statistics and fractions
• Electronic data entry and business computer operations
• Clerical, including record management
• Knowledge of medical terminology, including diseases, anatomy and physiology

You can acquire these skills, plus get hands-on training in the day-to-day duties of a typical pharmacy technician by taking the Pharmacy Technician career education program at Everest College in Portland, Ore.

Everest’s Pharmacy Technician program is taught by industry professionals and involves intensive hands-on training in a simulated professional environment. Upon graduation, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department, which provides support in all aspects of job search, including identifying and contacting potential employers.

For more information about Everest’s Pharmacy Technician career training program, contact Everest today!

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at

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