2020 Pharmacy Technician Salary in Arkansas

Once you have decided to become a pharmacy technician and you want to work in The Natural State, then you should know that Arkansas offers tremendous employment opportunities for aspiring pharmacy technicians. According to BLS, AR is expected to hire over 420 pharmacy technicians every year until 2026, representing a growth of 12.54% which is over 3.5% higher than the national average. While working as a pharmacy technician in Arkansas, you can fetch the highest annual salary in Texarkana, Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway and Jonesboro cities, whereas concerning healthcare industries, hospitals and grocery stores in AR pay the highest salaries. In last five years, pharmacy technician salary in Arkansas grew at an average rate of 11.31%.

Pharmacy Technician Average Salary in Arkansas

Arkansas pharmacy technicians make $14.52 per hour while working part time, whereas full timers earn an annual average salary of $30,210 which is 8.62% lower than the national average. However, if you wisely select your work city in AR and get your PTCB certification, you can end up making more than the annual average salary in the state.

Type Average Salary
Hourly Wage $14.52
Monthly Salary $2,518
Annual Salary $30,210



Pharmacy Technician Salary by Experience in AR

After completing your high school and pharmacy training education, you can start earning $9.97 per hour working as a part timer and $20,730 per annum, working as a full time pharmacy technician in Arkansas. In less than ten years, you can expect to earn around $28,330 annually and within 20 years, your annual salary will be around $34,500. AR will consistently raise your salary based on your experience. After 20+ years of experience, you can make $19.02 per hour or $39,570 per year.

Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Less than 1 year (Starting) $9.97 $20,730
1-4 years $11.31 $23,530
5-9 years $13.62 $28,330
10-19 years $16.58 $34,500
20 years or more $19.02 $39,570



Total Number of PTCB Certified Pharmacy Techs in Arkansas: 1,418

There are only 1,418 PTCB Certified pharmacy technicians in Arkansas as certification is not mandatory in the state. However employers in healthcare sector prefer PTCB certified candidates.



Salary Growth

AR has always shown positive salary growth numbers in last five years. In 2013, pharmacy technicians in Arkansas earned $27,140, which marked a growth of 3.63% in that year. The highest salary growth was seen in 2015, when salaries of pharmacy technicians in AR grew by around 5%. Overall in last five years, AR added $3,070 more to the annual salaries of pharmacy technicians.

Year Annual Salary Growth
2013 $27,140 3.63%
2014 $27,330 0.70%
2015 $28,680 4.94%
2016 $29,340 2.30%
2017 $30,210 2.97%
Total $3,070 11.31%


Employment Growth

Apart from 2013 and 2014 when pharmacy techs were employed at negative growth of 3.85% and 2.29% respectively, Arkansas has actively increased the employment rate with amazing numbers, hiring over 200 pharmacy technicians in 2015 at 5.85% growth rate, adding another 340 pharmacy techs at 9.39% in 2016 and in 2017, the employment numbers were remarkable, adding over 620 pharmacy technicians across the state, representing employment rate at 15.66%.

Year Employment Growth
2013 3,500 - 3.85%
2014 3,420 - 2.29%
2015 3,620 5.85%
2016 3,960 9.39%
2017 4,580 15.66%
Total 1,080 30.86%


Industry Wise Salary and Employment

The highest salary of $34,770 annually is paid by Arkansas hospitals which employs over 690 pharmacy technicians in the state, whereas the largest number of 2,400 pharmacy technicians are employed at retail pharmacies in AR, paying around $28,280 annually. AR department stores employ least number of pharmacy technicians, whereas lowest salary is paid at general merchandise stores in Arkansas.

Industry Employment Hourly Salary Annual Salary
Retail Pharmacies 2,400 $13.59 $28,280
Hospitals 690 $16.71 $34,770
Grocery Stores 470 $14.43 $30,020
Other General Merchandise Stores 370 $13.43 $27,960
Department Stores 110 $15.37 $31,980


Arkansas City Wise Salary and Employment

As an entry level pharmacy technician, you can get the best starting salary of $25,040 per annum at Texarkana in Arkansas, whereas the lowest annual salary of $20,380 is paid by Fort Smith. Texarkana and Fort Smith employ 150 and 350 pharmacy technicians respectively, whereas the largest numbers of 1,670 pharmacy technicians are employed at Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area in Arkansas. As a part timer, you can make the best remuneration of $15.55 per hour in Texarkana.

Area Name Employment Hourly Annual Starting Salary Experienced Salary
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway 1,670 $15.51 $32,270 $21,350 $42,790
Fayetteville 610 $14.31 $29,760 $21,200 $40,010
Fort Smith 350 $14.39 $29,940 $20,380 $42,790
Jonesboro 250 $14.79 $30,750 $21,590 $39,120
Hot Springs 180 $13.74 $28,590 $20,870 $37,970
Texarkana 150 $15.55 $32,340 $25,040 $41,550
Pine Bluff 80 $13.92 $28,940 $20,860 $39,360


Pharmacy Tech Job Outlook in AR

In 2016, Arkansas had over 3,430 pharmacy technicians working all across the state and as per the estimation by BLS, AR will have around 3,860 pharmacy technician by 2026, representing a growth of 12.54%. Arkansas is likely to open 420 job vacancies every year for the aspiring pharmacy technicians. The leading healthcare companies like CVS Health Retail, Mercy, Kroger Stores, Walgreens, Fred’s Inc and many others will employ both certified and non-certified pharmacy technicians across the state of Arkansas.

2016 Employment 2026 EmploymentPercent ChangeProjected Annual Job Openings
Arkansas 3,430 3,860 + 12.54% 420
United States 372,500 407,200 +9% 7,160


Pharmacy Technician Arkansas VS Pharmacy Technician National

There is a difference of about 8.60% between the salaries of pharmacy technicians in Arkansas and national average. Arkansas pharmacy technicians earn an annual average income of $30,210 against the national average at $33,060 per annum, marking a difference of $2,850.

Type Arkansas SalaryUS SalaryDifference% Difference
Hourly Wage $14.52 $15.90 - $1.38 - 8.68%
Monthly Salary $2,518 $2,755 - $237 - 8.60%
Annual Salary $30,210 $33,060 - $2,850 - 8.62%