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Pharmacy Aides in Kings County

May also be called: Dispensary Attendants; Drug Clerks; Pharmacist Assistants; Pharmacy Clerks; Prescription Clerks

What Would I Do?

Pharmacy Aides help licensed pharmacists with the administrative duties of running a pharmacy. They operate cash registers, answer telephones, clean pharmacy equipment, stock shelves, and perform other clerical duties.

Pharmacy Aides typically work in retail or hospital pharmacies that are clean, organized, well-lit, and well-ventilated. They also work in the pharmacies of grocery and department stores. Pharmacy Aides spend most of their workday on their feet and may be required to lift heavy boxes or use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves.

Pharmacy Aides generally work 40 hours per week, including rotating weekends. They may also work evenings, nights, and holidays, particularly in facilities that are open 24 hours, 7 days a week, such as hospital pharmacies.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Pharmacy Aide will appeal to those who enjoy working with people and performing duties that are organized, clearly defined, and require accuracy and attention to detail.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Pharmacy Aides in California was $34,858 annually, or $16.76 hourly. The median wage for Pharmacy Aides in Kings County was $28,052 annually, or $13.49 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Annual Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$30,196$34,858$54,923
Kings County$28,041$28,052$30,942
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/data/wages.html Wages do not reflect self-employment.

Hourly Wages for 2021Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$14.51$16.76$26.40
Kings County$13.49$13.49$14.88
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2021 at www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/data/wages.html. Wages do not reflect self-employment.

Benefit packages vary among employers and generally include medical, dental, life, and vision insurance as well as vacation, sick leave, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

High employment growth is expected for Pharmacy Aides. Job opportunities should result from the expansion of retail pharmacies and other employment settings, as well as the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger, older population.

How Do I Qualify?

Pharmacy Aides typically receive informal on-the-job training. Most employers favor those with at least a high school diploma. Those with experience using cash registers or computers may have an advantage when applying for Pharmacy Aide positions.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Employers advertise openings in newspaper ads and on the Internet, while some also recruit through private employment agencies. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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The California Occupational Guides are a product of:
The California Employment Development Department
Labor Market Information Division
www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov

Printed on Sunday, June 26, 2022