Cannabis Salaries: Cultivation

Apr 6, 2022 | Blog, News

Now that cannabis is becoming legal across the country, employment is booming for people who are passionate about the plant. The cannabis industry supports 428,059 American jobs, according to the 2022 Leafly Jobs Report, and that number is only expected grow. Last year, the cannabis industry created more than 280 new jobs per day.

Jobs in Cultivation are great for those looking for hands-on interaction with the plant. Cultivators work in grow facilities keeping plants healthy from seed to harvest. Positions range from entry-level trimmers to highly-skilled agronomists and plant breeders. 

Whether you have extensive horticulture experience you’d like to transfer to America’s fastest-growing industry, or simply want to get your foot in the door and start learning, there is a position for you in cannabis cultivation.

Here are some insights from the 2022 Cannabis Salary Guide released by CannabizTeam Worldwide, related to horticulture and the jobs it can lead to in the cannabis cultivation sector: 

    • Cultivation salaries are expected to rise up to 8 percent from 2021 to 2022.  
    • Companies are increasingly turning to temporary or “on-demand” workers to fill short- and mid-term needs in cultivation.
    • Hot jobs in cannabis cultivation include Cultivation Manager (direct hire); and Cultivation Associate and Post Harvest Technician (on-demand/temp).

Here’s a snapshot of salaries in the cultivation sector:

POSITION MEDIAN SALARY (2022)
Cultivation Technician $26,500
Trimmer $35,250
Tissue Culture Technician $71,500
Tissue Culture Manager $86,300
Integrated Pest Manager $73,700
Plant Breeder $81,450
Agronomist $95,250
Director of Cultivation $143,350
VP of Cultivation $237,500

Source: CannabizTeam Worldwide, 2022 Cannabis Salary Guide

Oaksterdam University’s Horticulture Certification Program offers everything you need to know to become a cultivation professional. Learn more about how you can earn Oaksterdam credentials at your own pace now. 

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