In 2019, an estimated 210,000 full-time employees worked at state-legal marijuana businesses, and job opportunities increased by 79%. By 2021, the marijuana industry is expected to employee employ over 400,000.
According to Vangst, a hiring firm in the cannabis industry, even states that have only legalized medical marijuana—such as Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma—are “hiring competitively and aggressively,” Green Entrepreneur reported.
“If cannabis companies want to attract top talent, they need to put together competitive compensation packages that extend beyond just being on par with pay,” said Karson Humiston of Vangst.
Vangst found that the marijuana industry’s economic impact could range from approximately $39 billion to $48 billion in 2019, a 35% increase from 2018.
Popular jobs (and their typical pay) in the industry this year, according Vangst, include:
- Director of Cultivation – $87,100
- Grow Manager – $61,800
- Trimmers – $13.90/hour
- Director of Extraction – $92,500
- Extraction Manager – $67,000
- Chemist – $63,200
- Production Supervisor – $54,900
- Budtender – $14.90/hour
- Director of Retail – $98,300
“While the federal government has generally left compliant states alone in 2019, job seekers are still waiting for the full federal legalization to make the switch,” Vangst noted.
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