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Pharmacy Technician

Job classification

TitlePharmacy Technician
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z)
Labor agreement SEIU, Local 1021, Misc
Effective dateJune 16, 2015

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $43.1250 $45.2750 $47.5375 $49.9000 $52.4250
Rate /year: $89,700 $94,172 $98,878 $103,792 $109,044

Job description


Under the supervision of a pharmacist, the Pharmacy Technician supports the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients served by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Assists Pharmacists in performing nonprofessional duties in an institutional pharmacy; receives, inspects, stores, and fills orders for pharmaceutical supplies. Nature of work involves continuous close attention to detail and some exposure to disagreeable elements.

Distinguishing Features

The Pharmacy Technician is distinguished from the lower class, Pharmacy Helper in that the former is responsible for assisting pharmacists in carrying out existing methods and procedures for the operation of an institutional pharmacy. The Pharmacy Helper is responsible for the inventory and stocking of pharmaceutical supplies.

Supervision Excercised



According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list. 1. Maintains drug stock levels; verifies drug deliveries against invoices; inspects and stores drugs. 2. Receives, fills and delivers medicinal orders to clinics and wards; prepares, compounds, and mixes drugs and pharmaceuticals; refills prescriptions for patients; prepares prescriptions for pharmacists to check and complete; maintains patient drug profiles. 3. Records all necessary information for billing patients for medication; prices prescriptions and requests payment when indicated. 4. Prepackages and labels non-compounded or stock drugs for delivery. 5. Delivers controlled drugs, narcotics and alcohol; maintains control records. 6. Prepares individual unit-doses and delivers to appropriate unit for dispensing; prepares unit-dose injectables; mixes I.V. solutions; compounds ointments, oral medications, special capsules and liquids. 7. Performs housekeeping duties in connection with maintaining work area in a neat and orderly fashion.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Requires a good knowledge of: The methods and procedures involved in the proper handling, dispensing and storing of pharmaceutical materials; basic labeling, measuring and weighing devices. Requires ability to: Make accurate arithmetical computations; understand and carry out oral and written instructions; keep accurate records; lift and move heavy objects.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.Ê Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement. Education: Experience: One (1) year of experience (in the last 5 years) assisting in the preparation of drug and pharmaceutical items in a licensed pharmacy. License and Certification: Possession of a valid Pharmacy Technician License/Registration issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy. Substitution: Possession of a valid Intern Pharmacist License/Registration issued by the California State Board of Pharmacy may substitute for the required experience and license.

Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $43.1250 $45.2750 $47.5375 $49.9000 $52.4250
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $40.9750 $43.0125 $45.1625 $47.4125 $49.8125
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $40.7750 $42.8000 $44.9375 $47.1750 $49.5625
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $39.3875 $41.3500 $43.4125 $45.5750 $47.8750
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $38.2375 $40.1500 $42.1500 $44.2500 $46.4750

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classifiction descriptions table, Compensation plan table