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Who pays more for Certified Pharmacy Techs? CVS or Walgreen's?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by Anthony T, May 25, 2009.

  1. Anthony T

    Anthony T 2+ Year Member

    May 18, 2009
    I'm trying to get experience by working as a Pharmacy Tech at CVS or Walgreen's. I have interviews with both, but I know they pay for you to get certified.

    However I heard that Walgreen's pays more than CVS. Is that true?
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  3. tommyVoltage

    tommyVoltage 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    There are probably half a dozen posts about who pays more for certified technicians. It depends on your area, but overall I think Walgreen's pays more. I'm a certified technician at CVS and I make $7.15 (minimum wage in Pennsylvania).
  4. Kirbypuff

    Kirbypuff Worldling 2+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    CVS definitely is the champion of worst technician pay rates. I think Walgreen's, Kroger's, Walmart, and Target give better rates. Rite Aid and Duane Reade also start you off at minimum wage.
  5. GlamDoc

    GlamDoc 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    I've heard good things about Target.

    CVS only pays $7.15? Your skills are definitely worth more!!
  6. Passion4Sci

    Passion4Sci LML Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    Indies pay the best by far in my experience. We start our techs here at $11.25. Rong-Aid starts them at just over CA minimum wage and Target is $1.75 over minimum wage. Not sure about Wal-Mart.
  7. thephoenician88

    thephoenician88 wat. 5+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    it depends on location, maybe you should be worried about who gives you a job first.
  8. trailrider400

    trailrider400 5+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    Yeah first you should see if both of them even offer you a job. There are other factors you should consider too like where you'd like to work, the # of scripts they do in a day, and which pharmacy manager you seem to like and connect with more. Otherwise I really have no clue which pays better but i'd assume they'll tell you what they are going to pay you before they make you accept the job.
  9. sungieality

    sungieality 5+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    What's the name of your independent pharmacy, if you don't mind me asking?
  10. Passion4Sci

    Passion4Sci LML Moderator Emeritus 2+ Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
  11. FuturePharmist

    FuturePharmist Accepted Pharmacy Student 2+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2009
    Clearwater, FL
    I was a certified tech at CVS for 2 years. I started at $8.00 and left making $8.93. I started working at Walgreens making $11.25. From my experience CVS is is cheap as hell. You're supposed to get a 4% raise each year but a month before mine was due they cut it to 3%. I think I remember Walgreens saying they give raises every 6 months instead of a year but I'd have to check on that. I can't recommend working there as a tech if other opportunies are available.
  12. Angel222


    Jun 26, 2011
    Definitely Walgreens I have worked for both CVS and Walgreens and the pay and amount of work you have to do is better at Walgreens. I was a shift manager at CVS. Walgreens pay me the same amount to be a photo tec. and they have a lot more people. So we can actual help customers. I did not realize how bad it was at CVS till I started working for Walgreens. Go easy on CVS people they have it bad.
  13. Swishers

    Swishers 5+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'm still debating working or not during P1. From your experience, what's a good way for me to distinguish myself from the chaff when applying for a job at either place? Did they ever hire students that only wanted to work like 10 hours a week on weekends?
  14. kpownw


    Jan 26, 2011
    Not sure if this is true across the nation, but Walgreens in Oregon is facing huge budget cuts. I make over $12 as a certified tech but am struggling to get more than 20 hours a week. Personally I think it is much more important to find an environment that you work well in rather than the one that pays the most.

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