Pharmacy Technician - Federal Salaries of 2016
Pay Rates for "Pharmacy Technician"How much does a Pharmacy Technician in the federal government get paid? $43,026.44* *Based on the 2016 average.
Pharmacy Technician was the 60th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2016, with 4,930 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2016, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Pharmacy Technician, with an average salary of $43,280.
Government Pharmacy Technician jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Pharmacy Technician job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.
This occupation includes positions which involve technical support work in a pharmacy under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. The work requires application of a practical knowledge of: pharmaceutical nomenclature; characteristics, strengths, and dosage forms of pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutical systems of weights and measures; operation and care of pharmacy equipment; and pharmaceutical procedures and techniques.
Technical and Medical Support Positions encompass jobs that require specialized, practical knowledge and the ability to perform skilled tasked. However, these skills can often be learned on the job or through training when you are hired. In some cases, certifications are required to qualify. Additional education such as an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree will increase starting grade and lead to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.
Agencies that have hired a Pharmacy Technician
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|Veterans Health Administration||4,505||$43,279.84|
|Indian Health Service||296||$39,809.23|
|Office Secretary Health and Human Services||72||$38,826.60|
|National Institutes of Health||31||$45,100.81|
|Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System||22||$45,428.36|
|Armed Forces Retirement Home||4||$42,526.25|
Pharmacy Technician Pay Distribution
The average pay for a Pharmacy Technician is $43,026.44. The highest paid Pharmacy Technician made $67,227 in 2016.
Common Pharmacy Technician Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Pharmacy Technician Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||4,887|
|GL - Gs Emp Grades 3-10 Paid Leo Special Rate||22|
|AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E||21|
|Starting Paygrade:||$19,543.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$59,316.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10|
|Category:||Technical and Medical Support|
|Occupation Family:||0600 MEDICAL, HOSPITAL, DENTAL, AND PUBLIC HEALTH GROUP|
Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade
GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Pharmacy Technician jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.
|Occupation||Occupation Category||Starting Paygrade||Maximum Paygrade|
|Accounting Technician||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Medical Supply Aide and Technician||Technical and Medical Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Transportation Clerk and Assistant||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Telephone Operating||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Medical Records Technician||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
Average Pharmacy Technician Pay Trend from 2004 to 2018
In 2004, the average pay for a Pharmacy Technician was $33,180. Since then, the average pay has increased to $44,186 in 2018.
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