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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
8,950 9.6 % $22.12 $46,010 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.51 $16.97 $20.52 $25.20 $30.57
Annual Wage (2) $30,180 $35,310 $42,680 $52,410 $63,580


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 6,840 0.32 $21.70 $45,130
Utility System Construction 1,060 0.20 $25.19 $52,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.10 $21.36 $44,430
Employment Services 80 0.00 $24.21 $50,350

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 6,840 0.32 $21.70 $45,130
Utility System Construction 1,060 0.20 $25.19 $52,390
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.10 $21.36 $44,430
Employment Services 80 0.00 $24.21 $50,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 1,060 0.20 $25.19 $52,390
Employment Services 80 (7) $24.21 $50,350
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $22.06 $45,890
Building Equipment Contractors 6,840 0.32 $21.70 $45,130
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.10 $21.36 $44,430


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 3,920 0.23 3.73 $22.30 $46,390
New York 770 0.08 1.33 $23.38 $48,630
New Jersey 760 0.19 3.02 $26.51 $55,140
North Carolina 490 0.11 1.82 $16.27 $33,830
Vermont 400 1.30 21.01 $19.10 $39,720




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 400 1.30 21.01 $19.10 $39,720
Hawaii 270 0.43 6.92 $26.16 $54,420
California 3,920 0.23 3.73 $22.30 $46,390
New Jersey 760 0.19 3.02 $26.51 $55,140
Maine 100 0.16 2.63 $18.99 $39,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Michigan (8) (8) (8) $27.70 $57,610
New Jersey 760 0.19 3.02 $26.51 $55,140
Hawaii 270 0.43 6.92 $26.16 $54,420
Massachusetts 280 0.08 1.27 $25.63 $53,310
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $25.55 $53,140





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,110 0.12 1.88 $25.11 $52,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 850 0.14 2.24 $21.34 $44,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 2.99 $22.84 $47,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 260 0.09 1.51 $25.74 $53,530
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.68 11.01 $19.90 $41,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.16 2.58 $24.16 $50,240
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 140 1.11 17.98 $20.84 $43,340
Urban Honolulu, HI 120 0.25 4.12 $28.24 $58,730
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.11 $24.36 $50,670
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.37 5.96 $26.05 $54,180




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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 140 1.11 17.98 $20.84 $43,340
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 50 0.69 11.14 $24.94 $51,870
Bakersfield, CA 210 0.68 11.01 $19.90 $41,390
Chico, CA 50 0.57 9.17 $19.13 $39,790
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.37 5.96 $26.05 $54,180
Urban Honolulu, HI 120 0.25 4.12 $28.24 $58,730
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 2.99 $22.84 $47,510
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.16 2.58 $24.16 $50,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 850 0.14 2.24 $21.34 $44,390
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.11 $24.36 $50,670




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 120 0.25 4.12 $28.24 $58,730
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.37 5.96 $26.05 $54,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 260 0.09 1.51 $25.74 $53,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,110 0.12 1.88 $25.11 $52,240
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 50 0.69 11.14 $24.94 $51,870
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $24.67 $51,320
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 40 0.08 1.22 $24.48 $50,930
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.11 $24.36 $50,670
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 160 0.16 2.58 $24.16 $50,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 450 0.18 2.99 $22.84 $47,510

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 190 1.77 28.54 $19.40 $40,360

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 190 1.77 28.54 $19.40 $40,360

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 / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.40 $50,750
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.30 $48,470
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.35 $46,480
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.47 $42,580
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 190 1.77 28.54 $19.40 $40,360


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019