What is the Average Wage of the Best Paying Cannabis Jobs?


There are many great paying cannabis jobs within the industry at the moment, so we thought we’d examine the average wages of some of the best paying jobs in the sector.

Marijuana Grower

It is not uncommon for marijuana growers to earn on average $50,000 to over $1 million each year. Of course, it is important to note that the amount they earn will almost be entirely based on which state that the grower harvests their crop. Marijuana growers are particularly successful in the following states:

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Michigan
  • Massachusetts
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Maine

Dispensary Owner

Those seeking to start their own business in the cannabis sector often look to open a dispensary. Again, the amount of money a dispensary takes in depends on the laws in the state where the dispensary operates. If for example the state allows the sale of recreational and medicinal cannabis, dispensary owners can earn upwards of $1 million per year.

Dispensary Manager

Each dispensary will often have to hire a dispensary manager to run the dispensary on a day to day basis. These managers often take home between $60,000 and $150,000 per year. It is quite usual for a Dispensary Manager to be hired from within the business, as it is crucial the Dispensary Manager has a full and comprehensive understanding of how the business operates. We’ve seen many budtenders and cannabis trimmers within the business to go on and become a Dispensary Manager.

Marijuana Edibles Chef

This is arguably one of the most fascinating jobs within the cannabis sector. Many established chefs are diversifying their talents to work within the ever-growing edibles sector. In terms of average wages, a Marijuana Edibles Chef typically earns between $40,000 and $90,000 a year. Of course, this will depend on how big the company is that they work for, and how many edibles they create and subsequently sell.


The job of the Budtender is another popular job within the cannabis industry. It is relatively easy to get in to a Budtender position compared to other cannabis jobs we have described above. It is possible to earn on average $31,000 to $42,000 per year working as a Budtender. The responsibility of a Budtender includes selecting the most appropriate and effective strains for a medicinal marijuana patient. They are often heavily involved in customer service, as well as educating patients on how to use the strain they are given.

As you can see, there are many different cannabis jobs that are well paid. You can find available jobs near you using the cannabis jobs near me tool on Cannabis.net.