Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
5,170 11.6 % $20.08 $41,770 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.66 $16.08 $19.24 $23.12 $28.05
Annual Wage (2) $28,420 $33,440 $40,020 $48,080 $58,340


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 3,690 0.20 $20.22 $42,070
Utility System Construction 340 0.07 $19.07 $39,670
Residential Building Construction 140 0.02 $21.77 $45,280

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 3,690 0.20 $20.22 $42,070
Utility System Construction 340 0.07 $19.07 $39,670
Residential Building Construction 140 0.02 $21.77 $45,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 140 0.02 $21.77 $45,280
Building Equipment Contractors 3,690 0.20 $20.22 $42,070
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $19.26 $40,070
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $19.18 $39,890
Utility System Construction 340 0.07 $19.07 $39,670


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 1,800 0.12 3.12 $20.81 $43,280
Arizona 380 0.15 3.95 $17.19 $35,760
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.80 $21.34 $44,380
Florida 180 0.02 0.61 $17.48 $36,360
Hawaii 140 0.23 6.14 $24.40 $50,740




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 140 0.23 6.14 $24.40 $50,740
New Mexico 130 0.16 4.30 $17.54 $36,490
Arizona 380 0.15 3.95 $17.19 $35,760
California 1,800 0.12 3.12 $20.81 $43,280
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.80 $21.34 $44,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 140 0.23 6.14 $24.40 $50,740
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $23.52 $48,920
New Jersey 270 0.07 1.80 $21.34 $44,380
California 1,800 0.12 3.12 $20.81 $43,280
Idaho (8) (8) (8) $19.38 $40,310





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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.32 8.26 $21.18 $44,050
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 4.68 $22.38 $46,560
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.91 23.84 $18.11 $37,670
Honolulu, HI 90 0.20 5.12 $23.14 $48,140
Tucson, AZ 60 0.16 4.30 $16.23 $33,760




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)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.91 23.84 $18.11 $37,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.32 8.26 $21.18 $44,050
Honolulu, HI 90 0.20 5.12 $23.14 $48,140
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 4.68 $22.38 $46,560
Tucson, AZ 60 0.16 4.30 $16.23 $33,760




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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $24.16 $50,260
Honolulu, HI 90 0.20 5.12 $23.14 $48,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $23.09 $48,030
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 4.68 $22.38 $46,560
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.32 8.26 $21.18 $44,050
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.85 $41,290
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $19.16 $39,860
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA (8) (8) (8) $18.71 $38,910
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.91 23.84 $18.11 $37,670
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.92 $37,280

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 / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 8.93 $26.36 $54,830

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)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 8.93 $26.36 $54,830

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 / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 8.93 $26.36 $54,830


About May 2014 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 mean 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015