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Solar Energy System Installer Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Solar Energy System Installers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.44 per hour nationwide. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by just over a half and dental coverage is claimed by close to a third. Most Solar Energy System Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Solar Energy System Installer Salary (?
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$19,417 - $62,571
(Median)
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63K
MEDIAN: $35,232
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Solar Energy System Installer Salary (?
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$11.74 - $22.65
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,417 - $62,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
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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$24,498 - $56,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $22.65  
   
Overtime
$14.92 - $32.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
   
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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$24,498 - $56,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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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Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Denver
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National Average
$34,000
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For Solar Energy System Installers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Solar Energy System Installers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Solar Energy System Installer Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 29%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
76%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 45%