How much should you pay your trimmers? How much can you make as a Director of Cultivation? As the legal cannabis market expands across the U.S., job seekers and employers alike are looking for answers to common hiring questions. Vangst works with hundreds of cannabis employers to match candidates with common positions like horticulturists, packagers, dispensary managers and more. Our unique position in the industry allows us to gather salary data for these common positions and consolidate the data to create an industry-wide salary guide. 

Check out the 2019 salary guide

For our 2019 guide, we surveyed cannabis businesses in the four most common sectors of the industry — cultivation, lab/extraction, manufacturing and retail. In our guide, you’ll find salary information for the following positions:

cannabis verticals

Director of Cultivation

Grow Manager

Grower/Horticulturist

Trimmers/Post Harvesters

Director of Extraction

Extraction Manager

Quality Manager 

Compliance Manager 

Chemist

VP of Manufacturing 

Production Supervisor

Edibles Specialist 

Production Technician 

Packagers

VP of Retail Operations 

Director of Retail Operations 

Merchandise Planner 

General Manager 

Budtenders 

 

In addition, we’ve included an updated map of cannabis legalization in the U.S. and legalization information worldwide. To provide the most comprehensive information possible, we complied hiring and industry information for employers and job seekers alike. Hiring and industry highlights in 2019 include:

  • Pain points for candidates hesitant to join the industry 
  • Hiring practices employers can implement to improve employee retention and satisfaction 
  • Economic impact of the cannabis industry
  • Percent of Americans who support legalization
  • Hot jobs in the industry
  • Benefit offerings across the cannabis industry 
  • And so much more!

 

We want to sincerely thank the businesses who helped make this guide a reality. Without the participation of cannabis businesses in the U.S., this valuable resource would not be possible! If you’re interested in participating in future reports, we invite you to submit your information here.

Additional Hiring Resources

Offering competitive pay is an important step in attracting the right talent, but job seekers are looking at more than compensation when evaluating opportunities. Because a job listing is one of the first introductions a candidate has with your company, you want to make sure you craft a listing that grabs the attention of the seekers and entices them to apply. Check out our resource on “how to craft a job listing for the cannabis industry” to learn how you can attract top-shelf talent to your open positions. 

Once you’ve created your dream team, don’t let all your time and energy go to waste by not planning ahead for your ongoing workforce needs. Workforce planning means thinking ahead to make sure your organization can weather changes to your staff. With the new year quickly approaching, now’s the time to forecast your 2020 hiring demands. Q4 is one of the best times to hire additional staff. You can train new hires so they are ready to hit the ground running in Q1 and can take advantage of the decreased competition for talent. With the help of the salary guide and crafting a job listing resource, you can tackle your upcoming hiring needs confidently. 

If you’re interested in saving time and frustration by utilizing our team of cannabis industry recruiting experts, feel free to contact us with your needs below. From high-level placements to temp trimmers, we do it all. We only recruit for the cannabis space — our focus is solely on this budding industry.

Additional Resources for Job Seekers

The cannabis industry is packed with opportunities for job seekers. If you’re new to cannabis, check out some of our free resources like “how to work in the cannabis industry: requirements by state.” On our requirements by state page, you can check out the requirements in place to join the cannabis industry in your area. For example, Colorado requires a MED badge for all cannabis employees (check this blog out to find out how to get one). 

Vangst connects job seekers with two different types of opportunities in cannabis, permanent jobs and seasonal gigs. If you’re interested in pursuing a permanent role in the industry, check out our job board. If you want to try out a temporary gig to make sure it’s the right fit or if you simply want to earn some extra money) sign up for our GIGS platform to browse opportunities near you. 

Whether you’re a job seeker or employer, we hope the 2019 Cannabis Industry Salary Guide provides valuable information for your hiring needs!

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