Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

47-2231 Solar Photovoltaic Installers

Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks. Excludes solar thermal installers who are included in "Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters" (47-2152). Excludes solar PV electricians who are included in "Electricians" (47-2111).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,870 12.0 % $19.26 $40,070 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.24 $15.49 $18.19 $22.46 $27.24
Annual Wage (2) $27,540 $32,210 $37,830 $46,720 $56,670


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 4,970 0.26 $19.43 $40,410
Utility System Construction 750 0.16 $18.60 $38,680
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 200 0.08 $20.86 $43,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $23.63 $49,150
Employment Services 40 0.00 $16.59 $34,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 4,970 0.26 $19.43 $40,410
Utility System Construction 750 0.16 $18.60 $38,680
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 200 0.08 $20.86 $43,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $23.63 $49,150
Employment Services 40 0.00 $16.59 $34,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $23.63 $49,150
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $23.61 $49,120
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 200 0.08 $20.86 $43,390
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $19.53 $40,630
Building Equipment Contractors 4,970 0.26 $19.43 $40,410


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,670 0.17 3.45 $20.63 $42,910
New Jersey 480 0.12 2.48 $21.69 $45,120
New York 430 0.05 0.96 $17.26 $35,890
North Carolina 360 0.09 1.77 $16.28 $33,860
Massachusetts 190 0.06 1.12 $21.09 $43,860



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 100 0.33 6.56 $18.95 $39,410
Hawaii 130 0.21 4.15 $24.56 $51,080
New Mexico 140 0.18 3.57 $17.81 $37,040
California 2,670 0.17 3.45 $20.63 $42,910
New Jersey 480 0.12 2.48 $21.69 $45,120



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 130 0.21 4.15 $24.56 $51,080
New Jersey 480 0.12 2.48 $21.69 $45,120
Massachusetts 190 0.06 1.12 $21.09 $43,860
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $20.77 $43,210
California 2,670 0.17 3.45 $20.63 $42,910




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 10.59 $20.20 $42,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.26 5.12 $21.38 $44,470
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.04 0.72 $20.86 $43,390
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.98 19.56 $23.18 $48,220
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.16 3.18 $23.76 $49,410
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.41 8.19 $15.77 $32,800
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.39 7.80 $18.34 $38,140



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.98 19.56 $23.18 $48,220
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 10.59 $20.20 $42,020
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 70 0.41 8.19 $15.77 $32,800
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 50 0.39 7.80 $18.34 $38,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.26 5.12 $21.38 $44,470
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.16 3.18 $23.76 $49,410
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.04 0.72 $20.86 $43,390



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.16 3.18 $23.76 $49,410
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.98 19.56 $23.18 $48,220
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.11 $45,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.61 $44,950
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 260 0.26 5.12 $21.38 $44,470
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $21.05 $43,790
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 230 0.04 0.72 $20.86 $43,390
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.53 10.59 $20.20 $42,020
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.03 $41,670
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.94 $41,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 7.25 $27.25 $56,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 7.25 $27.25 $56,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 7.25 $27.25 $56,670
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.79 $41,170


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016