NJ Cannabis Media -
September 16, 2018

What are cannabis jobs and how much do they pay?

Written by Marc Schwarz

As New Jersey prepares for the expansion of the marijuana industry, there are two questions that are on a lot of people’s minds.

  1. What jobs can I apply for?
  2. How much do they pay?

A recent study by Vangst, a marijuana industry-focused recruiting company, has some answers.

The most hired positions in the cannabis industry are: director of extraction, director of cultivation, compliance manager, dispensary manager, outside sales representatives, budtenders and trimmers, according to a survey of more than 1,200 cannabis companies around the United States.

And depending on the position and experience, pay ranges from $11.50 an hour to $250,500 annually.

Here’s a closer look at positions:

Director of extraction

What: Oversees all cannabis extraction and refinement operations. This includes facility design, laboratory setup, standard operating procedure development, regulatory compliance, hiring, training and personnel management. Responsible for ensuring all cannabis extracted products are produced safely, efficiently and consistently.

How much: $72,000 (average); $47,000 (low); $191,000 (top)

Director of cultivation

What: Oversees all cultivation operations to ensure the production of compliant and high-quality cannabis. Establishes all standard operating procedures, nutrient and harvest schedules, integrated pest management programs, hiring, training and personnel management. Responsible for ensuring the highest levels of plant health, potency and production.

How much: $88,000 (average); $47,000 (low); $250,500 (top)

Compliance manager

What: Ensures local, state, and federal compliance with all laws and regulations. Implements a company-wide program, which includes seed-to-sale tracking and internal compliance audits. Anticipates and tracks pending and current laws and regulations. Creates new policies and procedures as necessary and ensures the staff has an understanding of all compliance requirements.

How much: $62,500 (average); $45,000 (low); $149,000 (top)

Dispensary store manager

What: Oversees day-to-day operations of a medical or recreational cannabis retail location. Creates standard operating procedures, develops inventory processes, and ensures dispensary is fully compliant with all state and federal regulations. Responsible for hiring, training, and managing all dispensary staff.

How much: $56,250 (average); $41,500 (low); $98,000 (top)

Outside sales representative

What: Focuses on sales strategies and account management to build value in the marketplace. Develops relationships into new accounts in order to meet sales goals and manages existing accounts using customer relationship management (CRM) software. Enhances product branding and increases sales through the training and education of retail partners and customers.

How much: $58,800 (average); $28,000 (low); $150,000 (top)


What: Manicures and prepares all harvested flower product to be sold in medical and recreational cannabis retail locations.

How much: $12.25 an hour (average); $11.50 (low); $14.50 (top)


What: Provides excellent customer service to all patients and customers in medical and recreational dispensaries. Uses point-of-sale system and other technology to ensure all cannabis product sales are properly tracked. Provides information to customers on product choices, consumption methods, compliance, and safety. Remains up to date on all cannabis regulations to ensure compliance within the dispensary.

How much: $13.25 an hour (average); $12 (low); $16 (top)


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