Solar Photovoltaic Installer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for solar photovoltaic installers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of solar photovoltaic installers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Solar Photovoltaic Installers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,330
25th Percentile Wage
$34,910
50th Percentile Wage
$41,550
75th Percentile Wage
$50,410
90th Percentile Wage
$63,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for solar photovoltaic installers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,150. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,330.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of solar photovoltaic installers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$41,550
-1.90% 2.43%
2016
$42,340
2.17% -
2015
$41,420
-0.29% -
2014
$41,540
3.03% -
2013
$40,280
-0.65% -
2012
$40,540
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Solar Photovoltaic Installers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of solar photovoltaic installers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of solar photovoltaic installers in state of California ranges from $33,590 to $56,380. The highest paying area for solar photovoltaic installers in California is Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a median annual salary of $56,380. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $48,770). The lowest paying area is Visalia-Porterville with a median annual salary of $33,590.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$56,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$48,770
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,500
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$46,360
Fresno
$45,320
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$42,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$42,830
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$42,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$40,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$40,400
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$40,260
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$39,870
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$38,710
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$38,410
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$36,900
Visalia-Porterville
$33,590




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