According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s expected that solar installer jobs will increase 52% between 2020 and 2030. Not only that, but a study from the U.S. Department of Energy has shown that by 2035, approximately 40% of the electricity across the United States will be provided by solar energy. With this, it’s expected that 1.5 million people will be employed as a result, which is all further proof that the solar industry as a whole is growing at a very rapid rate.
Today, a lawyer with expertise in the solar industry makes $114,970 on an annual basis, on average. Among solar jobs, this is the highest paying role in the solar industry. This infographic from Solar Power Guide looks at which solar jobs pay the most, and the level of education that is required for each of them. The information from the research breaks down into four different solar job sectors, which includes installation and operations, project development, system design, and manufacturing, which all vary in their average annual salaries.
The lowest paying solar job sector of the four is installation and operations, where workers within those roles see an average of $52,120 annually. The other three sectors are all above $70,000 annually, with manufacturing jobs at $70,409, system design roles at $76,378 and project development positions at $74,251.
Eight of the nine lowest paying solar jobs are within the installation and operations sector, with the lowest paying solar job being a solar assembler / basic installer, where the average annual salary is just $28,640. Of the 40 solar jobs listed on this infographic, a solar assembler / basic installer is the only solar job where the annual compensation is below $35,000, as the second lowest paying of these 40 jobs are roofers with solar expertise ($35,760 annually).