8 Careers In The Cannabis Industry That Pay Well

Did you know that you can have a career in cannabis, and this industry pays well?

Thanks to legalization, cannabis careers are booming — Legalizing cannabis also brought many new career fields not possible before, and these fields are booming. Some consider it a new green revolution: People from almost anywhere globally are getting in on the action, hungry to contribute their talents to a new growing industry that they truly believe in.

Cannabis companies are launching and rapidly growing — Looking for exciting career opportunities? Pursuing a cannabis-related job could be the right fit.

Here is a list of jobs in the cannabis industry. I bet you didn’t even know all this existed.

Master Extractor:

Master Extractors are one of the highest-paid in the medical cannabis field. They usually get paid well because they have many daily scheduled tasks to cover. They need Master Extractors to manage cannabis production facilities. Extractors use their knowledge of cannabis to extract THC and CBD from marijuana and hemp to make oils, concentrates, edibles and other products. They need to make sure all products are safe and effective. Extractors work within a laboratory environment to test the potency of the plants and record information about each plant. This job often requires using flammable and explosive substances during the extraction procedure. So you need to be highly trained in this field. Depending on skill level, Master Extractors earn between $45,000 to $100,000 per year. However, those with a Ph.D. and years of experience can get as much as $250,000 per year.

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Extraction Technician:

Extraction Technicians assist Master Extractors. They operate equipment that produces high-quality oils and concentrates (Shatter) from cannabis plants. They are also in charge of the laboratory inventory and ensuring that work areas stay safe and clean. If you want a career as an Extraction Technician, you need a background in science education. Usually, you earn between $27,000 to $43,000 per year.

Master Grower:

Master Grower is (perhaps the most) essential job in the cannabis industry. Without growers, we wouldn’t have any cannabis. That would be a horrible thing for many cannabis consumers. Therefore, the experts who own and run big grow operations are paid generously for their hard work. Working as a master grower is a career for someone who has a green thumb and knowledge about how plants grow. You need to understand the different needs of the cannabis strain and can identify and respond to any issues that might arise during cultivation. Master Growers need to plant, clone, crop and pest management. They need to follow all government regulations and be ready to pass any inspections done on their crops. Master Growers earn between $50,000 to $150,000 or more per year. Some even get a large bonus and cuts of the profits on top of their salaries.

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Trimmer, Harvester, or Cultivator:

Cultivation is one of the most common entry-level careers in the cannabis industry. Trimming is a great entry-level position for those looking for a way to get into the cannabis industry. Removing buds from the stems of harvested cannabis plants and trimming off the largest leaves on those buds to get sorted, weighed and dried for preparation for sale at dispensaries. Cultivation is a great job to gain experience to climb the ladder to a better-paid position in the cannabis industry, and the pay is not anything to scoff at — Trimmers make between $17,000 and $41,000.

Marketing Director:

Marketing Directors are the ones who help develop, launch or expand a cannabis brand. Every brand needs successful marketing management, including cannabis companies. Basically, Marketing Directors help keep businesses successful long-term through advertising, customer engagement, and public relations. Marketing Directors make anywhere between $71,000 to $200,000 per year.


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Production Manager:

The Production Manager assists with long-term planning and goal settings. Of course, even the cannabis industry needs someone to manage its production. They help with supporting product development and plan to oversee budgets, operations and timelines. You can earn between $65,000 or more per year.


If you have a business, you need an accountant. Keeping accurate financial records is vital — This is where an accountant comes in to help with all their financial needs. So if you are good with numbers and would like to work in the cannabis industry, then being an accountant for someone who owns a cannabis brand might be the job for you. Depending on your skillset and amount of work, Accountants can earn anywhere from $44,000 to over $120,000 per year.

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Writers can create articles for leading cannabis blogs, magazines and cannabis websites. They can answer questions in their writing to help readers learn about cannabis and how it can work for them. Additionally, writers can launch a new awareness campaign about the latest cannabis products or write reviews on products strains. However, writers can help promote any cannabis brand through a creative aspect. Depending on who you write for, writers can make as little as $1200 or more than $120,000 per year.

Do you plan on working in the cannabis sector? Share your story in the comments!