Pharmacy technician - Salary and Career
Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

Pharmacy technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They carry out pharmacotechnical operations, check formulas, perform routine maintenance on equipment, laboratory utensils and raw material labels. They control inventories, perform quality tests on raw materials, equipment and the environment. Document pharmaceutical handling activities and procedures. The activities are carried out in accordance with good handling practices, under the direct supervision of the pharmacist.

How much does an Pharmacy technician earn

A Pharmacy technician earns between $1.252 and $4.193 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.044 and a median salary of $1.838 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 3.816 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Pharmacy technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.044 24.531 511 10
1º Quartile 1.252 15.026 313 6
Median Salary 1.838 22.056 460 9
3º Quartile 3.197 38.369 799 16
Higher Salary 4.193 50.311 1.048 21


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • biochemistry and biotechnology technicians
        • technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

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Main workplaces

Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling they work in the retail trade - compounding pharmacies - and in the chemical products manufacturing industry as formal employees. They work as a team, with permanent supervision. The work is in person, carried out in a closed environment, during the day.


What does it take to work in the field of Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling

For the exercise of these occupations, high school education and a basic professional qualification course with more than four hundred class hours are required. The full performance of activities takes between four and five years of professional experience.


Functions and activities of Pharmacy technician

Technical in pharmacy and pharmaceutical handling must:

  • perform pharmacotechnical operations;
  • serving customers;
  • work in accordance with good handling and dispensing practices;
  • perform routine maintenance;
  • serve customers;
  • service customers;
  • check formulas;
  • perform quality tests;
  • document activities and procedures;
  • control inventory;
  • control inventories;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • track inventory;

  • Activities

    • examine average capsule weight;
    • separate material for disposal;
    • use computer resources;
    • test the solubility of raw materials;
    • instill confidence;
    • check quantity of formulated units;
    • work safely;
    • exhibit manual skill;
    • meet established deadlines;
    • replenish raw materials and packaging;
    • control equipment and environment temperature;
    • sanitize workplace;
    • list expired products;
    • emulsify components of the manipulation sheet;
    • fill containers with purified water;
    • separate packages from the handling sheet;
    • check raw material density;
    • sanitize laboratory equipment and utensils;
    • suggest consultation with a qualified professional;
    • store raw materials and packaging;
    • show concentration;
    • register purchase and sale of special control drugs;
    • follow standard operating procedures;
    • show ability to admit mistakes;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • document application of injectables;
    • document the handling process;
    • record quality control data;
    • review used packaging;
    • assume technical responsibility for the drugstore;
    • prepare homeopathic formulations of the manipulation sheet;
    • suggest generics and similar;
    • encapsule components of the manipulation sheet;
    • solubilize manipulation sheet components;
    • work as a team;
    • request preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment;
    • tamise manipulation sheet components;
    • maintain legibility of raw material labels;
    • filter manipulation sheet components;
    • exhibit self-discipline;
    • control storage conditions and expiration dates;
    • exchange products;
    • homogenize manipulation sheet components;
    • measure melting point;
    • note air temperature and humidity;
    • stimulate manipulation sheet components;
    • calculate manipulation sheet components;
    • guiding consumers about the correct use, adverse reactions and conservation of medicines;
    • inspect formula labeling;
    • check packages;
    • interpret manipulation sheet;
    • check weight and volume of formulas;
    • fraction raw materials;
    • check raw materials;
    • interpret recipes;
    • forward contaminated material for disposal;
    • separate work materials;
    • stamp recipe in replacing ethical with generic or similar;
    • demonstrate dynamism;
    • weigh components of the manipulation sheet;
    • dispense medication;
    • provide proof of ability to calculate;
    • document medication dispensing;
    • label finished formulas;
    • perform pharmacovigilance;
    • forward expired products to organs competent bodies;
    • record entry and exit of stocks;
    • separating medicines in hospital drugstores;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • examine organoleptic characteristics;
    • grind components of the manipulation sheet;
    • list routine maintenance;
    • disperse components of the manipulation sheet;
    • sign daily assistance technical sheet;
    • package finished formulas;
    • measure ph;
    • participate in health campaigns;
    • replenish drug inventories;
    • place orders;
    • spread components of the manipulation sheet;
    • transmit confidence;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • apply safety and personal hygiene techniques;


    Sectors that hire Pharmacy technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • health management support activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • pharmaceuticals retail trade, with formula manipulation
    • outpatient care activities
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • other human health care activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • pharmaceuticals retail trade, without formula handling
    • associative activities




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