To no surprise, number of cannabis job listings and salaries continue to increase

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The emerging legal cannabis industry has brought with it no shortage of excitement and of course no shortage of employment opportunities.

According to a new report published recently by Vangst, a California-based employment agency focused on the industry, jobs in the cannabis space are increasing steadily along with their salaries.

Vangst was founded in 2015 and since then has connected nearly 7,500 people with jobs in the legal cannabis industry. To publish their recent report, the agency surveyed 1,200 marijuana companies to discover who they’re looking for and how much they’re paying their employees.

They’ve taken the results from the survey and combined them with the data collected from their own day-to-day operations to put together a Cannabis Salary Guide. The document provides background information followed by the jobs for which companies are hiring as well details about their respective salaries.

Karson Humiston, CEO of Vangst said, unsurprisingly, that the cannabis industry is quickly outpacing other major growth areas in the U.S. The guide points out a startling 690% growth in cannabis job listings from January 2017 to August 2018 in addition to a 16.1% salary increase between 2017 and 2018.

The most common positions according to the Vangst salary guide are the following:

  • Director of Extraction
  • Director of Cultivation
  • Compliance Manager
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Budtender
  • Trimmers

Some of these positions come with very comfortable salary ranges as well. A director of Extraction, for example, can expect to make anywhere from between $47,000 to $191,000 annually and a Director of Cultivation can expect to sit somewhere between $47,000 and $250,000. Vangst says that the salary range is due to the range in experiences and since it’s still such a new industry, employees often need extensive training when they start with a company. The pay also has much to do with the company funding and size.

Humiston also noted that a lot of new companies in newly legal states will have high salaries because they “want to be extremely competitive in their market from the start, which requires top talent.”

Jobs requiring fewer skills and experience can expect smaller wages. Budtenders make somewhere between $12 and $16 per hour and the Trimmers who groom the flower to be sold typically make between $11.50 and $14.40.

Humiston says that the number of job postings and salaries will continue to increase as more states become legal and as companies continue to secure funding. More experienced candidates will also be entering the industry which will drive salaries higher. Humiston said that a Director of Cultivation in Colorado has seen a 25% salary increase to move to Maryland, which has recently legalized, to bring their experience and skills to a new market.

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