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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 730178$17.61/hr$12.45/hr$15.36/hr$17.41/hr$19.44/hr$23.75/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities6,090$17.39/hr
Financial Activities10$28.24/hr
Professional and Business Services70$21.38/hr
Education and Health Services1,790$20.51/hr
Public Administration150$21.91/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 120$17.86/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 140$17.12/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 150$17.18/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 270$16.50/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 310$18.69/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 320$16.58/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 350$16.80/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 380$17.23/hr-13.1%
Rochester MN MSA 440$17.76/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 460$18.45/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 480$17.37/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 550$17.46/hr-2.6%
Northwest Balance of State 650$16.82/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 730$17.41/hr4.3%
Central Minnesota 810$17.31/hr11.5%
Northwest Minnesota 840$16.83/hr-1.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,410$19.37/hr16.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,280$18.71/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,120$18.15/hr10.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Medical Assistants 9,950$20.35/hr25.3%
Pharmacy Aides 240$13.90/hr2.2%
Phlebotomists 1,610$18.44/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  • Receive and store incoming supplies, verify quantities against invoices, check for outdated medications in current inventory, and inform supervisors of stock needs and shortages.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.