There are many benefits of becoming a solar installer including a fast-moving and interesting work environment, no formal education requirements, the ability to work for yourself, and the chance to earn a good living.
The median salary of a HV installer is $47,670 per year, which comes out to around $23.84/hr.
The bottom 10% of solar installers earn $36,320 per year while the top 10% earn $72,080 per year.
Solar installer salary overview
Though the average solar installer salary is around $47,670, wages vary vastly based on experience and location. For example, the bottom 10% of solar installers earn $36,320 per year while the top 10% earn $72,080 per year.
Another great thing about a career as a solar installer is that jobs are projected to grow by 52% over the next decade.
Solar installer salary by state
Looking at the specific data for each state can give you a better idea of what you will earn as a solar installer where you live.
PV installers in some states—such as Florida, Utah, North Carolina, Michigan, and Indiana—earn less, while some states—such as Oregan, Hawaii, Texas, Massachusetts, and Arizona—earn more.
Solar installer salary by city
Zooming in on the average solar installer salary in your city can help you get an even better idea of what you’re likely to make.
How experience affects solar installer salary
Like all professions, solar installer’s salary depends largely on experience:
- Entry-level solar installers make $16.89 per hour or $35,131 per year.
- Early-career solar installers make $18.82 per hour or $39.145 per year.
- Mid-career solar installers make $22.79 per hour or $48,403 per year.
- Late-career solar installers make $23.50 per hour or $48,880 per year.
- Experienced solar installers make $29.48 per hour or $61,318 per year.
Solar installer salaries vs. comparable jobs
According to the BLS, solar installers make 27% more than construction laborers, who make $37,520 per year. They make around the same amount as HVAC technicians, who make $48,630 per year and carpenters, who make $48,260 per year.