Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
4,130 11.1 % $20.11 $41,820 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.80 $16.05 $19.04 $22.94 $28.15
Annual Wage (2) $28,690 $33,380 $39,600 $47,710 $58,550


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 2,540 0.15 $20.26 $42,150
Utility System Construction 570 0.13 $20.31 $42,240
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $22.22 $46,210

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 2,540 0.15 $20.26 $42,150
Utility System Construction 570 0.13 $20.31 $42,240
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $22.22 $46,210

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 50 0.01 $22.22 $46,210
Utility System Construction 570 0.13 $20.31 $42,240
Building Equipment Contractors 2,540 0.15 $20.26 $42,150
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $19.88 $41,340


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 1,510 0.10 3.30 $20.73 $43,120
Arizona 250 0.10 3.30 $15.32 $31,860
Florida 160 0.02 0.70 $19.48 $40,520
New Jersey 140 0.04 1.15 $19.59 $40,740
Colorado 120 0.05 1.62 $18.24 $37,940




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)
Hawaii 110 0.17 5.60 $24.77 $51,520
New Mexico 90 0.12 3.69 $17.96 $37,350
Vermont 30 0.11 3.41 $18.81 $39,130
California 1,510 0.10 3.30 $20.73 $43,120
Arizona 250 0.10 3.30 $15.32 $31,860




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) $24.86 $51,710
Hawaii 110 0.17 5.60 $24.77 $51,520
New York (8) (8) (8) $21.08 $43,850
California 1,510 0.10 3.30 $20.73 $43,120
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $20.29 $42,200





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)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 3.81 $15.05 $31,310
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 6.59 $19.22 $39,970
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 5.08 $21.74 $45,220




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-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 6.59 $19.22 $39,970
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 5.08 $21.74 $45,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 3.81 $15.05 $31,310




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 (8) (8) (8) $30.84 $64,140
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $23.25 $48,350
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 5.08 $21.74 $45,220
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 6.59 $19.22 $39,970
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.40 $38,280
Fresno, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.27 $38,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.25 $37,960
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 210 0.12 3.81 $15.05 $31,310

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 9.71 $26.53 $55,180

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 9.71 $26.53 $55,180

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 9.71 $26.53 $55,180


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014