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Solar Panel Installers - U.S. Earnings Averages & Opportunities in 2022

What is a solar panel installer?

Solar panel installers prepare solar panels on roofs and other structures in areas of direct sunlight. While converting sunlight into usable energy, installers are also held responsible for monitoring and maintaining the panels if any problems arise.

How much does a solar panel installer make in 2022?

Referencing the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), according to data released in May of 2021 the average solar panel installer across the United States made $50,710. That's an average hourly wage of $24.38.

National estimates have total employment for solar panel installers at that time at just over 16,000. A large percentage of the total employed carpenters are classified in the category of building equipment contractors.

Some of the top paying industry categories for solar panel installers are: nonresidential building construction, management of companies and enterprises, foundation, structure and building exterior contractors, and architectural, engineering, and related services. The average salary or wage in these categories top $60,000!

States with the top average annual pay for solar panel installers include: Texas, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Nevada, and Oregon. Some of these states average over $60,000 per year.

What career options are there for solar panel installers in 2022?

In today's growing push for natural electricity, careers in solar photovoltaics are projected to boom order the next decade and provide an incredibly wide scope of options for employment in high demand careers including:

  • Rooftop solar installation

  • Ground mounted solar installation

  • Repairing solar panels as needed

Solar panel installers can work on projects on the ground or at great heights, so needing to be comfortable on a roof is a desired trait. Most days will involve a good amount of traveling to new locations, residential and commercial, and having to determine the best course of action for the solar panels.

What training do I need to be a solar panel installer?

The minimum requirement you need to be a solar panel installer is a high school diploma, but you also have the option to take some educational courses through a trade school and one's on the job training can last up to a year.

How do I find solar photovoltaics career opportunities near me?

By completing the Skill Evaluation with Paid for Trades, we can connect you with businesses and trade school programs near you in Iowa to set up opportunities such as:

  • Job shadowing

  • Part time work

  • Apprenticeships

  • Course enrollment

  • Full time job offers

The skilled trades can offer opportunities to earn faster with little to no student loan debt. We want to help you find the best career for your talents!


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