Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
4,710 12.3 % $19.53 $40,620 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.62 $14.98 $18.22 $22.89 $27.88
Annual Wage (2) $26,250 $31,150 $37,900 $47,620 $57,980


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 2,660 0.16 $18.70 $38,900
Utility System Construction 530 0.13 $20.17 $41,940
State Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $29.60 $61,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 0.00 $16.08 $33,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $27.65 $57,520

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 2,660 0.16 $18.70 $38,900
Utility System Construction 530 0.13 $20.17 $41,940
State Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $29.60 $61,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 0.00 $27.65 $57,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 0.00 $16.08 $33,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
State Government (OES Designation) 320 0.01 $29.60 $61,570
Local Government (OES Designation) 30 (7) $27.65 $57,520
Utility System Construction 530 0.13 $20.17 $41,940
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $20.04 $41,690
Building Equipment Contractors 2,660 0.16 $18.70 $38,900


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 1,710 0.12 3.30 $21.32 $44,350
Tennessee 670 0.25 6.99 $16.95 $35,260
New York 230 0.03 0.73 $19.08 $39,680
Arizona 220 0.09 2.47 $13.25 $27,560
Colorado 130 0.06 1.56 $16.28 $33,860




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)
Tennessee 670 0.25 6.99 $16.95 $35,260
California 1,710 0.12 3.30 $21.32 $44,350
Arizona 220 0.09 2.47 $13.25 $27,560
Colorado 130 0.06 1.56 $16.28 $33,860
New York 230 0.03 0.73 $19.08 $39,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $24.30 $50,540
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $22.76 $47,340
New Jersey 70 0.02 0.52 $22.16 $46,100
California 1,710 0.12 3.30 $21.32 $44,350
Florida (8) (8) (8) $20.93 $43,540





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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 6.39 $21.12 $43,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 3.45 $19.83 $41,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.70 $31.25 $64,990
Boulder, CO 70 0.44 12.08 $17.24 $35,850
Johnson City, TN 50 0.63 17.36 $18.32 $38,110
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.81 $23.62 $49,140




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)
Johnson City, TN 50 0.63 17.36 $18.32 $38,110
Boulder, CO 70 0.44 12.08 $17.24 $35,850
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 6.39 $21.12 $43,940
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 3.45 $19.83 $41,240
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.81 $23.62 $49,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.70 $31.25 $64,990




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.03 0.70 $31.25 $64,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.48 $53,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.81 $23.62 $49,140
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.23 6.39 $21.12 $43,940
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.82 $43,300
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 3.45 $19.83 $41,240
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.66 $40,900
Memphis, TN-MS-AR (8) (8) (8) $18.48 $38,440
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.45 $38,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.41 $38,280


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013