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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
9,000 10.6 % $20.68 $43,010 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.83 $16.20 $18.98 $23.85 $29.61
Annual Wage (2) $28,760 $33,700 $39,490 $49,610 $61,580


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 6,940 0.34 $20.51 $42,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $23.36 $48,590
Employment Services 80 0.00 $21.55 $44,820

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 6,940 0.34 $20.51 $42,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 170 0.04 $23.36 $48,590
Employment Services 80 0.00 $21.55 $44,820

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 170 0.04 $23.36 $48,590
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) (8) (8) $22.87 $47,560
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $22.16 $46,090
Employment Services 80 (7) $21.55 $44,820
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $21.42 $44,550


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 3,900 0.23 3.70 $21.61 $44,950
New York 820 0.09 1.40 $19.92 $41,430
New Jersey 750 0.19 2.95 $20.97 $43,620
Florida 630 0.07 1.19 $16.23 $33,760
North Carolina 500 0.12 1.83 $16.66 $34,650




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 370 1.21 19.09 $19.01 $39,540
Hawaii 190 0.30 4.68 $26.41 $54,930
California 3,900 0.23 3.70 $21.61 $44,950
New Jersey 750 0.19 2.95 $20.97 $43,620
North Carolina 500 0.12 1.83 $16.66 $34,650




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah (8) (8) (8) $28.86 $60,040
Michigan (8) (8) (8) $28.17 $58,590
Hawaii 190 0.30 4.68 $26.41 $54,930
Massachusetts 250 0.07 1.10 $26.12 $54,330
Oregon 60 0.03 0.55 $25.73 $53,510



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.09 1.46 $20.59 $42,820
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 7.52 $19.92 $41,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 2.55 $21.11 $43,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 1.61 $27.64 $57,490
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 120 1.07 17.02 $23.45 $48,770
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.19 2.98 $29.07 $60,470
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.60 $26.53 $55,180
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 0.99 $14.78 $30,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.63 $23.93 $49,780
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.10 1.51 $17.08 $35,520


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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 120 1.07 17.02 $23.45 $48,770
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.47 7.52 $19.92 $41,440
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.60 $26.53 $55,180
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.19 2.98 $29.07 $60,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 2.55 $21.11 $43,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 1.61 $27.64 $57,490
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.10 1.51 $17.08 $35,520
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.09 1.46 $20.59 $42,820
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 70 0.06 0.99 $14.78 $30,730
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.63 $23.93 $49,780


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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 90 0.19 2.98 $29.07 $60,470
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.10 1.61 $27.64 $57,490
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.60 $26.53 $55,180
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.64 $51,250
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.63 $23.93 $49,780
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 120 1.07 17.02 $23.45 $48,770
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.76 $47,330
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.54 $46,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.28 $46,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 230 0.16 2.55 $21.11 $43,910

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.24 19.63 $18.74 $38,980

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.24 19.63 $18.74 $38,980

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.41 $50,760
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.24 19.63 $18.74 $38,980
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.20 $31,610


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018