Infographic: Green Job Types and How Much They Pay

posted by Shannon on November 16th, 2011

Infographic: Green Job Types and How Much They Pay


The Tree of Green Jobs

We keep hearing about the green job revolution, but what green jobs are really out there, what do they pay, and what does it take to get one? Here we list nearly 200 green jobs, including many that don’t require a college degree.

Look through the industry segments and job titles below for salary and educational info!

Low-Carbon Power & Renewable Power

Solar Development & Manufacturing Jobs

Solar Fabrication Technician

  • Salary: $10-15/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Lab Technician
  • Salary: $19-25/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree
Solar Hot Water Manufacturing Technician
  • Salary: $22-27/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Solar Installation & Maintenance Jobs

PV Fabrication and Testing Technician
  • Salary: $22-27/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree
Solar Energy System Installer Helper
  • Salary: $10-15/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Energy System Installer
  • Salary: $14-20/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar and PV Installation: Roofer
  • Salary: $15-23/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Residential Installation Electrician
  • Salary: $17-31
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Residential Installation Electrician Foreman
  • $25-38/h
  • HS Diploma/GED

ICE Technician-Instrumentation/Controls/Electrical Systems

  • Salary: $16-22
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Commercial Installation Electrician
  • Salary: $17-31/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED
Solar Commercial Installation Electrician Foreman
  • Salary: $25-38/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship
Solar Commercial Installation Engineering Technician
  • Salary: $20-31/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree
Solar Commercial Installation Engineer
  • Salary: $31-50/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Solar Engineering, Design, & Project Management Jobs

Solar Energy Systems Designer

  • Salary: $22-29/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Solar Thermoelectric Plant Manager

  • Salary: $74K-$88K/Y
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

PV Solar Cell Designer

  • Salary: $77K-91K/Y
  • Education: Advanced Degree

Solar Operations Engineer

  • Salary: $90K-100K/Y
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Solar Energy Engineer

  • Salary: $75K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

PV Power Systems Engineer

  • Salary: $76K-88K/Y
  • Education: Master’s Degree

Solar Sales & Marketing Jobs

Residential/Commercial Solar Sales Consultant

  • Salary: $45k-$85/Y
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Wind Development & Manufacturing Jobs

Wind Turbine Machinist

  • Salary: $12-21/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Wind Turbine Sheet Metal Worker

  • Salary: $14-22/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Wind Turbine Engineering Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Wind Farm Electrical Systems Designer

  • Salary: $50K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wind Turbine Electrical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wind Turbine Mechanical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wind Field Technician

  • Salary: $13-15/H
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Wind Power Installation & Maintenance Jobs

Junior Renewable Energy Technician

  • Salary: $15-17/h
  • Education: None Specified

Wind Generating Installer

  • Salary: $14-20/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Electro-Mechanical Wind Turbine Technician

  • Salary: $17-21/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Wind Field Operations Manager for Commercial

  • Salary: $24-28/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wind Field Service Technician

  • Salary: $22-26/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Wind Power Engineering, Design, & Project Management Jobs

Wind Power Plant Project Engineer

  • Salary: $60K-90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Director of Wind Development

  • Salary: $130K-170K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Power Operations, Development & Manufacturing Jobs

Hydro-Electric Component Machinist

  • Salary: $12-21/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Hydro-Electric Constructions Sheet Metal Worker

  • Salary: $14-22/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Hydro-Electric Power Installation & Maintenance Jobs

Hydro-Electric Operations Maintenance Worker

  • Salary: $21-27/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Hydro-Electric Plant Efficiency Operator

  • Salary: $23-26/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Hydro-Electric Plant Installation Technician

  • Salary: $35/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Hydro-Electric Plant Electrical Operations Supervisor

  • Salary: $78K-92K/Y
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Power Generation Engineer

  • Salary: $90K-140K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Power Engineering, Design, & Project Management Jobs

Hydro-Electric Engineering Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School Credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Hydrogeologist

  • Salary: $ $58K-$78K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Mechanical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Electrical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydro-Electric Structural Engineer

  • Salary: $65-95K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Fisheries Biologist

  • Salary: $25-32/H
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Power Plants Development & Manufacturing Jobs

Geothermal Heat Pump Machinist

  • Salary: $12-21/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Geothermal Sheet Metal Worker

  • Salary: $14-22/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Geothermal Engineering Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Geothermal Electrical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Power Generation (Mechanical Engineer)

  • Salary: $90K-140K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Plant Installation Technician

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Geothermal Plant Efficiency Operator

  • Salary: $26-30/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Geothermal Operations Engineer

  • Salary: $70K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Engineering Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Hydrogeologist

  • Salary: $58K-78K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Mechanical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geothermal Electrical Engineer

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Geothermal Power Plant Structural Engineer
  • Salary: $67K-$79K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Landfill Gas Collection Operations Jobs

Landfill Gas Collection System Operator

  • Salary: $20-24/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Landfill Gas to Energy (LGE) Plant Operations Jobs

Landfill Gas System Technician

  • Salary: $10-15/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

LGE Plant Installation, Operations, Engineering & Management

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Animal Waste to Energy Jobs

Animal Waste Biomethane Gas Collection System Technician

  • Salary: $20-24/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Biomass Collection & Processing Jobs

Biomass Collection, Separation, & Sorting

  • Salary: $9-14/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Biomass Power Plant Jobs

Biomass Plant Operations, Engineering, & Maintenance

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydrogen Energy Generation Jobs

Hydrogen Power Plant Installation, Operations, Engineering, & Management

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Hydrogen Plant Operator & Operations Manager

  • Salary: $37-65/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Carbon Capture & Storage

Geologic Sequestration Jobs

Carbon Capture Power Plant Installation, Operations, Engineering & Management

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Carbon Sequestration Plant Installation, Operations, Engineering & Management

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Geologist & Hydrogeologist

  • Salary: $58K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

GIS Specialist

  • Salary: $46K-57K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

CCS Plant Environmental Health & Safety Jobs

Environmental Health & Safety Engineering Manager

  • Salary: $73K-93K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Health & Safety Engineering Lead

  • Salary: $81K-96K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plant Technical Specialist-Instrument Repair Technician

  • Salary: $64K-$76K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Safety Investigator/Cause Analyst

  • Salary: $88K-$104K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plant Supervising Technical Operator

  • Salary: $27-30/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plant Safety Engineer

  • Salary: $90K-107K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Soil Conservation Jobs

Soil Conservation Technician

  • Salary: $16-24/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Soil Conservationist

  • Salary: $23-32/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Forestry Jobs

Forestry Conservation Worker

  • Salary: $15-22/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Conservation Forestry Consultant

  • Salary: $31-50/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Forestry Supervisor

  • Salary: $15-30/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Restoration Planner

  • Salary: $73K-84K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Energy Efficiency & Demand Response

Smart Grid Engineer

  • Salary: $91K-107K/Y
  • Education: Advanced Degree
Energy Commission Specialist
  • Salary: $70K-$83K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree
Power System Operator
  • Salary: $25-30/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Green Buildings

Green Building Project Design & Development Jobs

Field Energy Consultant

  • Salary: $30-35/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Energy Conservation Representative

  • Salary: $20-32/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Energy Manager & Analyst

  • Salary: $80K-100K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Energy Efficiency Finance Manager

  • Salary: $90K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Green Building Design & Engineering Jobs

Engineering Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School Credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Water Systems Designer & Engineer

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Site Supervising Technical Operator

  • Salary: $23-26/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Compliance Specialist

  • Salary: $20-30/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Refrigeration Engineer

  • Salary: $30-50/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Lighting & HVAC Engineer

  • Salary: $77K-91K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Civil Engineer

  • Salary: $73K-84K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

HVAD Engineer

  • Salary: $34-50/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Electrical Engineer

  • Salary: $71K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Residential Green Building & Retrofit Architect

  • Salary: $90K-107K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Commercial Green Building & Retrofit Architect

  • Salary: $90K-107K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Indoor & Outdoor Landscape Architect

  • Salary: $65K-83K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Industrial Green Systems & Retrofit Designer

  • Salary: $90K-107K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Senior HVAC Engineer

  • Salary: $75K-120K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Construction Engineer

  • Salary: $100K-150K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Energy Engineer

  • Salary: $75K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Structural Design Engineer

  • Salary: $75K-88K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Installation & Green Building Operations Jobs

Home Improvement Retrofit Trainee

  • Salary: $15-17/h
  • Education: High School Student

Residential Air Sealing Technician

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Insulation Engineer

  • Salary: $10-12/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

HVAC Maintenance/Repair Trainee

  • Salary: $15-20/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Water Purification Systems Service Technician

  • Salary: $20-23/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Building Maintenance Engineer

  • Salary: $30-40/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Machinist

  • Salary: $12-21/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Welder

  • Salary: $12-20/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Carpenter

  • Salary: $17-21/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Electrical System Installer

  • Salary: $21-27/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Field Technician

  • Salary: $22-40/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Green Plumber and Pipefitter

  • Salary: $28-37/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

HVAC Service Technician

  • Salary: $24-29/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Roofing and Skylight Installer

  • Salary: $20-37/h
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Weatherization Operations Manager

  • Salary: $71K-102K/Y
  • Education: None Specified

Energy Efficiency Services Jobs

Residential Energy Field Auditor

  • Salary: $12-14/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Commercial Energy Field Auditor

  • Salary: $12-14/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Industrial Energy Field Auditor

  • Salary: $12-14/h
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Auditing Services Sales Consultant

  • Salary: $45K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Renewable Energy Consultant

  • Salary: Varies with experience
  • Education: Advanced Degree

Transportation

Automotive Plant Operations- Vehicle Production & Modification Jobs

Automotive Plant Assembly

  • Salary: Varies with experience
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Diesel Retrofit Installer

  • Salary: Varies with experience
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Diesel Retrofit Manufacturer Plant Labor

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Trade School or Apprenticeship

Electric Vehicle Electrician

  • Salary: $22-26/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Hybrid Powertrain Development Engineer

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Powertrain Control Systems & Software Engineer

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Air Pollution Specialist

  • Salary: $64-74/K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Senior Automotive Power Electronics Engineer

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Diesel Retrofit Designer

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Master’s Degree

Efficient Mass Transit Vehicle Operations Jobs

Bus System Operator

  • Salary: $11-17/h
  • Education: None required

Train System Operator

  • Salary: $20-24/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Electric Shipyard Operator

  • Salary: $20-24/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Biofuel Production Jobs

Biofuel Plant Field & Operations Engineer

  • Salary: $70K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Biofuel Plant Field Technician

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Biodiesel/Biofuel Technology & Product Development Manager

  • Salary: Varies with experience
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Alternative Fuels Policy Analyst & Business Sales

  • Salary: $60K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Civil Engineer-Agriculture/Irrigation/Water Supply

  • Salary: $80K-120K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Transportation System Design Jobs

Urban Planner

  • Salary: $25-35/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Engineering Manager

  • Salary: $62K-82K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Planner

  • Salary: $30-37/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Civil Engineer

  • Salary: $73K-84K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Energy Infrastructure Engineer

  • Salary: $77K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Climate Change & Adaptation

Climate Studies Jobs

Climatologist

  • Salary: $65K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Scientist

  • Salary: $65K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Enginner/Scientist Intern

  • Salary: Nominal/School Credit
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED, Some College

Environmental Sampling Technician

  • Salary: $16-22/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Public Sector/Government

Conservation & Pollution Prevention Jobs

Biologist- Marine/Fisheries

  • Salary: $25-32/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Water Resource Engineer

  • Salary: $65K-74K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Research Manager

  • Salary: $40/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

GIS Specialist

  • Salary: $46K-57K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Engineering Geologist

  • Salary: $31-37/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Urban Planner

  • Salary: $25-35/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Urban Renewal Planner

  • Salary: $73K-$80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Conservation of Resources Commissioner

  • Salary: $82K-$113K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Power System Operator & Instructor

  • Salary: $25-30/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Pollution Prevention, Rule Development & Enforcement Jobs

Air Quality Specialist & Enforcement Officer

  • Salary: $30-37/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Air Emissions Permitting Engineer

  • Salary: $30-40/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Chemist

  • Salary: $65K-74K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Economist

  • Salary: $74K-87K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Consulting & Research

Environmental Consulting Jobs

Air Quality Control Engineer

  • Salary: $80K-120K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Senior Environmental Consultant

  • Salary: $78K-93K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Water/Wastewater Quality Consultant

  • Salary: $72K-92K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Water Resource Consultant

  • Salary: $72K-92K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Air Resource Engineer

  • Salary: $72K-85K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Air Pollution Specialist

  • Salary: $64K-74K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Waste Reduction Consultants/Energy Efficiency Consultant

  • Salary: $60K-80K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Verifier

  • Salary: $50K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Environmental Technician

  • Salary: $40K-53K/Y
  • Education: Associate’s Degree

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Permitting Consultant

  • Salary: Varies with experience
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Renewable Energy Consultant

  • Salary: Undetermined
  • Education: Advanced Degree

Waste Reduction & Management

Municipal Waste & Recycling Operations Jobs

Recycling Collections Driver

  • Salary: $9-12/h
  • Education: None specified

Recycling Center Operator

  • Salary: $11-18/h
  • Education: None specified

Hazardous Materials Removal Worker

  • Salary: $20-25/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Hazardous Waste Management Specialist

  • Salary: $25-30/h
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Solid Waste [Energy] Engineer

  • Salary: $76K-84K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Nuclear Waste Management Engineer

  • Salary: $89K-106K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wastewater Treatment & Management Jobs

Operations Maintenance Worker for Water Services

  • Salary: $17-22/h
  • Education: HS Diploma/GED

Associate Engineer – Wastewater Treatment

  • Salary: $70K-84K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wastewater Engineer in Refinery

  • Salary: $75K-100K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Wastewater Plant Civil Engineer

  • Salary: $74K-82K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Non-profit sector

Climate Change & Energy Policy Specialist & Advocate

  • Salary: $30K/Y
  • Education: Master’s Degree

Water Resource Policy Specialist & Advocate

  • Salary: $30K/Y
  • Education: Master’s Degree

Conservation Policy Analyst & Advocate

  • Salary: $30K/Y
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree

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4 Responses to “Infographic: Green Job Types and How Much They Pay”

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