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Cannabis industry job salaries are hot right now. We're living in a golden age of business and job opportunities in cannabis retail, cultivation, manufacturing, and ancillary services. Even if you have zero experience working with marijuana, there's still a place for you.

Find Work in the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Industry

In the U.S. alone, the cannabis industry supports over 320,000 full-time cannabis jobs, and that's not counting working professionals in ancillary segments such as law, marketing, and accounting.

With every passing moment, public and legislative support for cannabis legalization keeps growing. With so much room for growth, cannabis companies are paying competitive annual salaries to attract top talent.

Cannabis Industry Job Salaries – Retail

Make a living selling cannabis to recreational customers and/or medical patients. Jobs range from the friendly budtender to the dispensary manager running the show. Cannabis dispensaries can sell products in-store and even deliver in some markets.

Budtender

Budtenders must be friendly, outgoing, professional, and knowledgeable. On the sales floor,  you will be answering customer questions about products, strains, and consumption methods. On your down time, you will keep the store clean and well-stocked.

Average Salary: $14/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent ( preferred)
  • 1 year in retail or customer service (preferred)
  • Cannabis industry (preferred)

Delivery Driver

As a delivery driver, you will deliver cannabis products from a dispensary right to the customers front door in a timely manner. It is up to you to verify a customer’s identification, collect payment, and track your transactions.

Average Salary: $14/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
  • 3 years of driving experience without violations (preferred)
  • 1 year of customer service experience (preferred)
  • Driver's license

Receptionist

As a cannabis receptionist, you will be the face of the company for guests and customers. Greet guests and check them in to the dispensary or other cannabis establishment. You will be answering phone calls and emails, as well as other performing other administrative tasks.

Average Salary: $14/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
  • Previous retail or customer service experience
  • 2 years reception experience
  • Prior administrative office experience

Security Guard

Security guards work to prevent and identify fast in store or any other cannabis establishment. Security personnel must stand for long periods of time and monitor the premises, as well as the closed-circuit television for suspicious activity.

Average Salary: $16/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years of security experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Security guard card (if applicable)

Dispensary Manager

Dispensary managers must oversee a staff of budtenders.They must manage the daily operations of a retail store and ensure everything runs smoothly. Above all, they must ensure that all retail activities remain compliant with state and local regulations.

Average Salary: $60,000-$150,000

Qualifications:

  • 3 years of retail management experience
  • 3 years of supervising experience
  • Previous retailer customer service experience
  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, management, business administration, or relevant field (preferred)

Cultivation

Explore tons of job opportunities that involve growing the plant from seed to harvest. In a commercial cultivation facility, the work never stops. Cultivators must continually maintain a plant's environment in optimal conditions to stimulate growth.

Trimmer

As a cannabis trimmer, you are in charge of hand trimming mature cannabis flower buds. You must ensure that the buds meet the brand's quality standards by removing large fan leaves and preparing them for the curing process.

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Average Salary: $14/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
  • Prior trimming experience (preferred)

Grower’s Assistant

Grower's assistants must handle a wide range of cultivation tasks. Daily activities may include feeding, watering, and pruning cannabis plants. Above all, you must ensure that the health of the plants is of the highest quality and maintain accurate records of your activities.

Average Salary: $15/hour

Qualifications:

  • Degree in horticulture, plant science, or a related science degree (preferred)
  • At least 3 years of experience in commercial cultivation

Master Grower

Master growers manage tens of thousands of square feet of a cultivation facility. They are in charge of handling the day-to-day operations of the cultivation process. They must delegate work to growers assistants and supervisors.

Average Salary: $80,000-$150,000

Qualifications:

  • Several years of experience in cannabis cultivation
  • 3+ years of previous commercial cultivation experience as a head grower
  • Degree related to agriculture, botany, or related science field

Cannabis Industry Job Salaries – Manufacturing

Cannabis manufacturing encompasses everything from extraction of the resin to product development. Transform raw cannabis material into a wide range of infusions such as edibles, extracts, and topicals.

Packager

As a packager, you will be working with flower or extracts. You will weigh, package, and label cannabis products, such as joints, for sale. Cannabis packagers must be detail oriented and able to meet daily quotas in a speedy and accurate manner.

Average Salary: $13/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
  • Experience in food manufacturing or assembly line worker (preferred)

Extraction Technician

Operate high-tech equipment that transforms raw cannabis material into a concentrated resin. You will need to be familiar with solventless and solvent-based extraction methods to create a wide range of extracts including shatter, distillate, live resin, rosin, and many more!

Average Salary: $17/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent (preferred)
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related science field
  • 1 year of lab experience (preferred)

Edibles Chef

Unleash your creativity by creating new and exciting edible infusions from scratch. You will manage the day-to-day kitchen operations of producing edibles with cannabis oils. You will be in charge of managing a kitchen staff and ensuring the quality of the product.

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Average Salary: $40,000-$90,000

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s (preferred)
  • Degree in culinary arts
  • 2+ years of commercial kitchen experience
  • Management experience (preferred)

Kitchen Assistant

As the kitchen assistant, you must assist the supervisor and edibles chef with any necessary tasks including preparing ingredients, cleaning the workspace, and storing products. Assistants may also help with preparing cannabis infused edibles.

Average Salary: $14/hour

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED (preferred)
  • Prior kitchen experience (preferred)
  • Food handlers license (if applicable)

Move On to Greener Pastures

If you want to use your skills and education in the blossoming cannabis industry, check out the job openings near you on Marijuana Job Finder. Explore career opportunities in some of the most exciting cannabis businesses today. Get your cannabis certifications at the leading Marijuana University today!

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