How Much Do Dispensary Employees Get Paid?

Jonathan Rose / Aug 06, 2022
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Wages range widely due to a variety of factors, but here's a snapshot of dispensary wages.

A cannabis job may seem to be right up your alley when it comes to your personality, passions, and experience. But if you pursue a job at a cannabis dispensary, how much will you make?

Answers can be found in Vangst's annual Cannabis Industry Salary Guide, the authority on cannabis wages. You can download that here. But we'll provide a brief overview of wages you can expect to earn if you work in cannabis retail.

First, click here for a deep dive on the types of positions you'll find at your typical cannabis dispensary, and what the jobs entail.

How much do dispensary employees get paid?

The first thing to keep in mind when considering cannabis wages is location, location, location. Employees at a dispensary in Tulsa, Oklahoma are likely to earn less than employees at a store in San Francisco or Denver because of cost of living and minimum wage laws.

Generally speaking, a budtender at a cannabis dispensary will earn a few bucks over minimum wage. The Vangst Salary Guide shows a range of $14 to $25 per hour. Incentives and bonuses may be included in those figures too.

Budtenders also, generally, earn tips. That can add a few more dollars to the gig.

Meanwhile, the manager of a cannabis dispensary can expect to earn anywhere between $55,000 and $90,000, depending on, essentially, the same factors.

So whether you're looking to manage a store or simply help patients and customers buy the product they need, you can expect to earn a living wage at most cannabis stores.

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