Men make up the majority of Solar Energy System Installers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.60 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. The majority of Solar Energy System Installers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,938 - $51,632
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$24K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $37,401
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$12.06 - $21.71
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$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,938 - $51,632  
   
Bonus
$426.62 - $9,839  
Total Pay (?
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$25,638 - $50,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $21.71  
   
Overtime
$17.42 - $31.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$426.62 - $9,839  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,638 - $50,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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Job Description for Solar Energy System Installer

Solar energy system installers' main responsibility is to install solar equipment in residential and commercial buildings. They must make sure that the installation is done properly, as well as provide excellent customer service to the client. These installers generally work with a construction manager to make sure that the installed solar energy system will meet the client's expectations. Additionally, they must ensure that the warehouse and trucks they use are stocked properly, as well as work effectively in a team setting. They must also work effectively on their own with minimal supervision as well.

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Solar Energy System Installer Tasks

  • Prepare the site for the solar system, including cutting holes and connecting electrical wiring.
  • Assess placement site and measure for security and fit.
  • Assemble and install solar photovoltaic systems.
  • Test installed system for desired performance.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Solar Energy System Installer


Although SolarCity Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $38K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $25K to $51K.

Popular Skills for Solar Energy System Installer


Survey results suggest that Solar Energy System Installers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Electronic Troubleshooting, Roofing, Roofing Materials Installation, and Electronic Equipment Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 20 percent. It is not unusual for someone who knows Roofing Materials Installation to be familiar with Solar Energy / Solar Power as well.

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Experience Affects Solar Energy System Installer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 59%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Solar Energy System Installer Salaries

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 20%

Roofing
up arrow 10%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 6%

Electronic Equipment Installation
up arrow 4%

Solar Energy / Solar Power
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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