Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
8,870 11.5 % $20.43 $42,500 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.45 $15.89 $18.87 $23.48 $29.12
Annual Wage (2) $27,970 $33,050 $39,240 $48,850 $60,570


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 6,990 0.35 $20.59 $42,820
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.07 $21.44 $44,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $25.88 $53,830
Employment Services 50 0.00 $22.80 $47,420

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 6,990 0.35 $20.59 $42,820
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.07 $21.44 $44,590
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $25.88 $53,830
Employment Services 50 0.00 $22.80 $47,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $30.12 $62,640
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $27.58 $57,360
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $25.88 $53,830
Employment Services 50 (7) $22.80 $47,420
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 170 0.07 $21.44 $44,590


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 3,880 0.24 3.84 $21.82 $45,380
Florida 760 0.09 1.46 $15.66 $32,580
New York 710 0.08 1.23 $19.79 $41,170
New Jersey 610 0.15 2.45 $21.86 $45,470
North Carolina 380 0.09 1.43 $16.48 $34,290




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 270 0.87 13.82 $17.46 $36,330
Hawaii 150 0.24 3.82 $25.46 $52,950
California 3,880 0.24 3.84 $21.82 $45,380
New Jersey 610 0.15 2.45 $21.86 $45,470
New Mexico 80 0.10 1.64 $17.89 $37,220




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) $27.70 $57,620
Hawaii 150 0.24 3.82 $25.46 $52,950
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $23.81 $49,520
Colorado (8) (8) (8) $23.26 $48,380
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $22.18 $46,130





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 830 0.76 12.08 $20.83 $43,330
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.36 5.76 $20.59 $42,830
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 560 0.09 1.36 $21.51 $44,750
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.28 4.49 $22.21 $46,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 290 0.27 4.32 $21.90 $45,540
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 3.03 $22.39 $46,560
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.69 $23.62 $49,120
Urban Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 2.75 $27.46 $57,110
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 70 0.54 8.59 $18.95 $39,420
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 40 0.51 8.14 $23.30 $48,470




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)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 830 0.76 12.08 $20.83 $43,330
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 70 0.54 8.59 $18.95 $39,420
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 40 0.51 8.14 $23.30 $48,470
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.69 $23.62 $49,120
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.36 5.76 $20.59 $42,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.28 4.49 $22.21 $46,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 290 0.27 4.32 $21.90 $45,540
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 3.03 $22.39 $46,560
Urban Honolulu, HI 80 0.17 2.75 $27.46 $57,110
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.10 1.55 $16.74 $34,820




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 80 0.17 2.75 $27.46 $57,110
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.49 $50,930
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.90 $49,720
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 6.69 $23.62 $49,120
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 40 0.51 8.14 $23.30 $48,470
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.15 $48,150
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 3.03 $22.39 $46,560
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $22.38 $46,540
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.28 4.49 $22.21 $46,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 290 0.27 4.32 $21.90 $45,540

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 1.18 18.72 $18.45 $38,380

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 1.18 18.72 $18.45 $38,380

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.18 18.72 $18.45 $38,380


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017