How Much Do Solar PV Installers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Solar PV Installers

Solar PV 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$48020 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$32,590 to $37,860 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Solar Photovoltaic Installers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $32,590 to $37,860 per year or $16 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Solar Photovoltaic Installers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $31 $64,600
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $55,760
Middle (Mid 50%) $22 $46,470
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,860
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $32,590

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $28 $57,890
OR $28 $57,790
TX $25 $52,210
NY $24 $50,920
MA $24 $50,850
NJ $24 $49,730
CA $24 $49,690
MD $24 $49,470
AZ $24 $49,170
CO $24 $49,100

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Solar Photovoltaic Installer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Solar PV Installers are in the states of HI, OR, TX, NY and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $50410 $24.24
Nonresidential Building Construction $50290 $24.18
Utility System Construction $49210 $23.66
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $48850 $23.49
Building Equipment Contractors $48560 $23.35
Employment Services $45220 $21.74
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $44610 $21.45
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $40520 $19.48
Residential Building Construction $33040 $15.89

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