Solar energy installation managers install and oversee the installation of solar photovoltaic or thermal systems for residential and commercial customers. They create solar project proposals, including budgets, price quotes, and schedules for installation. They oversee the work of solar installers, technicians, and subcontractors on installation projects. As of 2019, approximately 249,983 Americans work in the solar energy industry, according to the Solar Jobs Census.
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Solar energy installation managers earned an average salary of $57,961 in September 2020, according to Salary.com. Salaries ranged from $45,636 to $79,432.
The Department of Labor reported that first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers, which includes solar installation managers, earned a median salary of $66,210 in May 2019. Salaries ranged from $42,730 to $10...
Solar energy installation managers work indoors and outdoors. They usually work a standard 40-hour work week, sometimes with hours extended into weekends. They spend time traveling to residential and commercial sites to meet with clients, inspect buildings, and assess the feasibility of solar projects. They work outdoors when monitoring the work of installation contractors and subcontractors. T...
Solar energy installation managers will continue to have good employment opportunities in the coming years. According to The Solar Foundation, approximately 5,600 new jobs were added to the solar workforce from 2018 to 2019. Over the previous 10 years, solar-related jobs increased 167 percent, creating 156,000 new positions. The pace of growth between 2014 and 2019 totaled 44 percent, outpacing...