At the higher end of the pay scale, the most lucrative cannabis jobs pay up to $100,000 a year or more, according to a list of the highest-paying jobs in the cannabis industry posted by online industry magazine, Civilized.
Unlike entry-level positions that typically require no formal education or training, the six-figure gigs are typically reserved for those with science and technology degrees.
For example, master extractors who take cannabis plants and turn them into oils and other concentrates allowed for consumption in Ohio are often required to have advanced degrees in biochemistry and engineering.
Perhaps the most sought-after professionals in the legal cannabis industry are head growers who have the experience and training to mass produce cannabis on a commercial scale.
The best grow masters have degrees in horticulture, plant health, or closely related fields, plus years of experience working in the industry.
Not only do they earn well over $100,000 a year, on average, they commonly share in a percentage of the cultivator’s profits.
The green rush for cannabis dollars has also created high-paying jobs for professionals with more creative or artistic dispositions.
Chefs, for example, have secured a strong foothold in the medical cannabis industry by making the medicine easier to swallow.
Cannabis chefs infuse edibles such as cakes and candies – even savory dishes like wing sauces and dips – with specific doses of cannabis oils and concentrates that comply with state law.
They also use their culinary skills to mask the sharp taste of THC – the main mind-altering ingredient in cannabis that gave old-school pot brownies an earthy taste.
The market for cannabis chefs has exploded in recent years, with salaries for both topping out well above six-figures.