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Posted by Sean Cooley / Feb 10, 2021

Here are the Top Cannabis Jobs Now Hiring and Their Salaries

It's vital to know your worth when navigating the cannabis job market. And with insights from the 2020 Vangst Cannabis Industry Salary Guide, you'll learn how you measure up.

Each year, Vangst puts out the industry-defining report on salary information for 25+ cannabis job types. This includes all the trends our expert recruiters use when helping candidates in their job searches and negotiations. Our annual salary guide is the perfect tool for cannabis hiring trends. It will also help you gain perspective on how your salary and benefits package could look. Let's have a peak at some of our key findings.

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Hot Jobs in Cannabis

The cannabis industry is on its way to employing more than half a million workers by 2024. We'll provide you with the on-trend jobs and their going salaries to help you break in.

Vangst's talent team saw an increase in companies posting production-related careers due to COVID. This resulted in more manufacturing, growing, cultivation, production, and supply chain roles.

We saw a sizeable dip in hiring for positions like sales and marketing near the beginning of 2020. Our survey data shows that after nine months of cost-saving measures, hiring plans are already bouncing back. Roles in human resources and finance are also seeing increased demand.

Social distancing is now a regular part of daily lives. Companies who prioritized cannabis delivery will continue to hire for these types of roles throughout 2021.

These five types of roles continue to see sizeable jumps in the amount of postings year over year:

  • Trimmers
  • Packagers
  • Budtenders
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Sales Representatives

A Look at Hot-Job Wages

Here's a snapshot of wages for each of the cannabis jobs mentioned above. A low versus high wage could depend on several factors including location and previous years of experience.

Trimmer/Post-Harvester
  • Low: $14.50 per hour
  • Average: $15.00 per hour
  • High: $16.00 per hour
Average Hourly Trimmer/Post-Harvester Pay in Select States
  • Arizona: $14.50
  • California: $16.75
  • Colorado: $14.75
  • Florida: $13.25
  • Nevada: $13.75
Packager
  • Low: $14.50 per hour
  • Average: $16.00 per hour
  • High: $18.50 per hour
Budtender
  • Low: $14.50 per hour
  • Average: $15.00 per hour
  • High: $17.00 per hour
Average Budtender Pay* in Select States

*Base pay, does not include gratuity

  • Arizona: $15.00
  • California: $16.50
  • Colorado: $14.50
  • Florida: $12.50
  • Nevada: $14.50
Sales Representative*

*Base salary, before incentives

  • Low: $45,000 per year
  • Average: $55,000 per year
  • High: $65,000 per year

Hiring Hotspots

The Vangst talent team has you covered for the best places to find cannabis jobs depending on your experience level.

Five Hiring Hotspots for Cannabis-Experienced Professionals
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Denver, CO
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Palm Springs/Palm Desert, CA
  5. Portland, OR
Five Hiring Hotspots for Job Seekers Breaking into Cannabis
  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Worcester, MA
  4. Chicago, IL
  5. Tulsa, OK

A Look at Cannabis Industry Benefits

Knowing your worth when it comes to benefits can be as critical as compensation. Check out our survey findings related to benefits offered across the industry. Our research shows there's still room for improvement when it comes to options like 401(k) or disability. It's also important to note the percentage of cannabis companies surveyed who offer no benefits to their employees: a staggering 9.4%.

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For salary information on an additional 20+ roles in cannabis, create a profile on Vangst and download the 2020 Salary Guide. Also be sure to check out our latest Summit Series discussing the Salary Guide in more detail.

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