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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 PV electricians who are included in "Electricians" (47-2111) and solar thermal installers who are included in "Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters" (47-2152).


National estimates for Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Industry profile for Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Geographic profile for Solar Photovoltaic Installers

National estimates for Solar Photovoltaic Installers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,490 9.2 % $ 23.08 $ 48,020 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.67 $ 18.20 $ 22.34 $ 26.81 $ 31.06
Annual Wage (2) $ 32,590 $ 37,860 $ 46,470 $ 55,760 $ 64,600


Industry profile for Solar Photovoltaic Installers: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 8,190 0.37 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Utility System Construction 1,150 0.21 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 590 0.16 $ 23.49 $ 48,850
Nonresidential Building Construction 150 0.02 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.01 $ 21.45 $ 44,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 8,190 0.37 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Utility System Construction 1,150 0.21 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 590 0.16 $ 23.49 $ 48,850
Nonresidential Building Construction 150 0.02 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 120 0.01 $ 21.45 $ 44,610

Top paying industries for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $ 24.24 $ 50,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 150 0.02 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Utility System Construction 1,150 0.21 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 590 0.16 $ 23.49 $ 48,850
Building Equipment Contractors 8,190 0.37 $ 23.35 $ 48,560


Geographic profile for Solar Photovoltaic Installers: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,780 0.29 3.52 $ 23.89 $ 49,690
New Jersey 1,370 0.36 4.39 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
North Carolina 580 0.13 1.63 $ 19.57 $ 40,710
New York 500 0.06 0.70 $ 24.48 $ 50,920
Virginia 340 0.09 1.10 $ 20.35 $ 42,330




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,370 0.36 4.39 $ 23.91 $ 49,730
California 4,780 0.29 3.52 $ 23.89 $ 49,690
New Mexico 200 0.25 3.08 $ 21.04 $ 43,760
Utah 270 0.18 2.23 $ 19.98 $ 41,570
Oregon 260 0.14 1.73 $ 27.78 $ 57,790




Top paying states for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $ 27.83 $ 57,890
Oregon 260 0.14 1.73 $ 27.78 $ 57,790
Texas 260 0.02 0.26 $ 25.10 $ 52,210
New York 500 0.06 0.70 $ 24.48 $ 50,920
Massachusetts 310 0.09 1.13 $ 24.45 $ 50,850





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,460 0.17 2.00 $ 23.86 $ 49,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,050 0.18 2.17 $ 22.71 $ 47,240
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 560 0.40 4.85 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.27 3.24 $ 21.59 $ 44,900
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.37 4.52 $ 22.66 $ 47,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.28 3.44 $ 25.82 $ 53,710
Bakersfield, CA 240 0.77 9.37 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 190 0.07 0.89 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Urban Honolulu, HI 190 0.46 5.56 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 170 0.08 1.00 $ 23.87 $ 49,650




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 0.86 10.39 $ 27.32 $ 56,830
Bakersfield, CA 240 0.77 9.37 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Provo-Orem, UT 150 0.60 7.24 $ 18.97 $ 39,460
Reno, NV 110 0.50 6.04 $ 22.40 $ 46,590
Urban Honolulu, HI 190 0.46 5.56 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 560 0.40 4.85 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.37 4.52 $ 22.66 $ 47,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.28 3.44 $ 25.82 $ 53,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.27 3.24 $ 21.59 $ 44,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,050 0.18 2.17 $ 22.71 $ 47,240




Top paying metropolitan areas for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 35.98 $ 74,830
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Urban Honolulu, HI 190 0.46 5.56 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $ 28.25 $ 58,760
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 28.09 $ 58,420
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 0.86 10.39 $ 27.32 $ 56,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 310 0.28 3.44 $ 25.82 $ 53,710
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 90 0.06 0.73 $ 24.93 $ 51,850
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 560 0.40 4.85 $ 24.63 $ 51,230
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 190 0.07 0.89 $ 24.58 $ 51,120

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 6.77 $ 21.51 $ 44,750

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 6.77 $ 21.51 $ 44,750

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Solar Photovoltaic Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.87 $ 47,570
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.33 $ 46,440
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.56 6.77 $ 21.51 $ 44,750


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021