Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians

Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label, and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 64052$16.81/hr$11.66/hr$14.26/hr$17.03/hr$19.20/hr$22.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities6,420$17.20/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services40$20.69/hr
Education and Health Services1,730$20.43/hr
Public Administration160$22.02/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 100$18.49/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 140$14.97/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 150$16.90/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 250$15.24/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 320$15.73/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 330$17.60/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 380$16.56/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 380$15.79/hr-13.1%
Rochester MN MSA 440$17.47/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 450$18.89/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 480$17.35/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 530$17.43/hr-2.6%
Northwest Balance of State 600$17.02/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 640$17.03/hr-1.1%
Southeast Minnesota 770$17.19/hr4.3%
Central Minnesota 920$16.85/hr11.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,580$19.62/hr16.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,540$18.66/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,370$18.00/hr10.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Medical Assistants 10,010$19.79/hr25.3%
Pharmacy Aides 210$12.76/hrN/A
Phlebotomists 1,600$18.70/hr26.2%

  • Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
  • Receive written prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
  • Prepack bulk medicines, fill bottles with prescribed medications, and type and affix labels.
  • Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information.
  • Price and file prescriptions that have been filled.
  • Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers.
  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.
  • Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs.
  • Clean and help maintain equipment or work areas and sterilize glassware, according to prescribed methods.
  • Establish or maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients.