What Are The Top-Paying Jobs In The Marijuana Industry?
More than 200 million Americans now live in places where marijuana is legal for either medical or recreational use. That’s led to an explosion in jobs.
According to numbers compiled by Vangst, these are some of the most in-demand jobs in the industry, ranked by annual average salary.
Director of Cultivation: The average annual pay for this position is $88,000.
A director of cultivation ensures a company produces high-quality cannabis that is compliant with regulations.
Director of Extraction: The average annual pay for this position is $72,000.
Those in this job oversee extraction and refinement operations.
Compliance Manager: The average annual pay for this position is $62,500.
Compliance managers ensure that a marijuana operation complies with all local, state and federal regulations.
Outside Sales Representative: The average annual pay for this position is $58,800.
Outside sales representatives focus on meeting sales targets, which includes developing new accounts and managing existing customers.
Dispensary Store Manager: The average annual pay for this position is $56,250.
Dispensary store managers oversee daily operations at a retail marijuana dispensary.
Budtenders and Trimmers: Budtenders average $13.45 per hour. Trimmers average $12.25 per hour.
These two positions remain popular in the marijuana industry. Budtenders provide customer service to those who buy marijuana at a retail dispensary. Trimmers work in grow houses, preparing harvested marijuana for sale in dispensaries.
Overall, Vangst expects the marijuana industry to experience continued growth. They report that job growth in the marijuana industry grew 690% between January 2017 and August 2018. They project a 220% job growth in 2019.
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