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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
11,080 9.1 % $22.52 $46,850 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.19 $17.46 $21.58 $26.77 $30.71
Annual Wage (2) $31,600 $36,310 $44,890 $55,680 $63,880


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 8,020 0.36 $22.69 $47,190
Utility System Construction 1,120 0.20 $24.52 $51,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.15 $21.82 $45,380
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 110 0.01 $19.18 $39,900

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 8,020 0.36 $22.69 $47,190
Utility System Construction 1,120 0.20 $24.52 $51,000
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.15 $21.82 $45,380
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 110 0.01 $19.18 $39,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 1,120 0.20 $24.52 $51,000
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $24.24 $50,430
Building Equipment Contractors 8,020 0.36 $22.69 $47,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.15 $21.82 $45,380
Employment Services (8) (8) $21.71 $45,160


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 4,970 0.29 3.79 $22.91 $47,640
New Jersey 1,050 0.26 3.41 $24.51 $50,990
North Carolina 670 0.15 1.98 $17.71 $36,840
New York 470 0.05 0.65 $24.68 $51,330
Hawaii 350 0.55 7.28 $27.37 $56,920




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 350 0.55 7.28 $27.37 $56,920
California 4,970 0.29 3.79 $22.91 $47,640
New Jersey 1,050 0.26 3.41 $24.51 $50,990
New Mexico 170 0.21 2.79 $20.80 $43,260
North Carolina 670 0.15 1.98 $17.71 $36,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon (8) (8) (8) $27.97 $58,180
Hawaii 350 0.55 7.28 $27.37 $56,920
Texas (8) (8) (8) $25.82 $53,700
Massachusetts 330 0.09 1.20 $25.57 $53,180
Arizona (8) (8) (8) $24.92 $51,840





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,250 0.20 2.65 $21.38 $44,480
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,030 0.11 1.42 $25.14 $52,290
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 510 0.33 4.35 $20.92 $43,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 320 0.31 4.12 $23.92 $49,760
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 290 0.10 1.36 $25.95 $53,980
Urban Honolulu, HI 210 0.47 6.22 $28.19 $58,630
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 190 0.61 8.13 $20.00 $41,610
Bakersfield, CA 190 0.61 8.07 $20.15 $41,920
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 140 1.11 14.76 $21.58 $44,880
Fresno, CA 120 0.31 4.06 $20.07 $41,750




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 14.76 $21.58 $44,880
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 0.79 10.40 $26.66 $55,450
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 190 0.61 8.13 $20.00 $41,610
Bakersfield, CA 190 0.61 8.07 $20.15 $41,920
Urban Honolulu, HI 210 0.47 6.22 $28.19 $58,630
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.45 6.02 $34.76 $72,300
Provo-Orem, UT 110 0.43 5.76 $16.70 $34,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 510 0.33 4.35 $20.92 $43,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 320 0.31 4.12 $23.92 $49,760
Fresno, CA 120 0.31 4.06 $20.07 $41,750




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)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 50 0.45 6.02 $34.76 $72,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.20 $58,650
Urban Honolulu, HI 210 0.47 6.22 $28.19 $58,630
Visalia-Porterville, CA 30 0.22 2.96 $28.17 $58,590
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 60 0.79 10.40 $26.66 $55,450
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 290 0.10 1.36 $25.95 $53,980
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,030 0.11 1.42 $25.14 $52,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $24.92 $51,840
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 30 0.06 0.80 $24.71 $51,390
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 320 0.31 4.12 $23.92 $49,760

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 / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 9.69 $25.56 $53,160
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 11.97 $23.15 $48,150

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 11.97 $23.15 $48,150
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 9.69 $25.56 $53,160

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 70 0.73 9.69 $25.56 $53,160
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 11.97 $23.15 $48,150
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.60 $47,020
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.29 $44,290


About May 2019 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.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020