2021 Cannabis Salary Guide
A word from Meta Talent Group
MTG provides staffing and executive recruitment services for growing companies and purpose-driven individuals seeking to improve the world socially & environmentally in industries like cannabis, hemp, psilocybin and other alternative industries.
Map of Marijuana Legality by State
- Legal Recreational States/Territories:
- Legal Medical States/Territories:
15 + D.C. + Guam
36 + Puerto Rico
Newly Legalized States (Nov. 2020):
- Arizona (recreational)
- Mississippi (medical only)
- Montana (recreational)
- New Jersey (recreational)
- South Dakota (recreational)
Limited Medicinal Program with only low-THC, CBD Oil (hemp-derived):
- *Virginia (only state on this list to decriminalize marijuana)
Variance by State
Composite Cost of Living Index: Q3 2020
Salaries vary from state to state. Below is a list of COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) variances for each state in the U.S. This information can help calculate the adjusted average salary in each state. Multiply the average base salary for the position that needs to be filled by the variance for that particular state.
For example, a Director of Extraction has an average base salary of $100,000. If the company is based in New Jersey, it will carry a variance of 18.2% above the U.S.
$100,000 x 1.182 = $118,200
The average base salary for a Director of Extraction in New Jersey is $118,200.
Salary Guide Review
The salaries presented in this guide are based on data compiled from 2020 United States sources including:
- Exclusive searches
- Public job boards
- Company websites
- Salary information extracted from interviews
- Meta Talent Group’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
LOW: 10% of the national workforce are paid below this figure
AVERAGE: this represents the national average
HIGH: 10% of the national workforce are paid above this figure
Salaries may be affected by other factors including, but not limited to:
- Benefits package
- Bonuses or profit sharing
- Company size
- Equity components
- Specialized skill sets
- Education & certifications
Accounting / finance & it
Admin / HR & Legal
Cultivation & Laboratory
Marketing & Sales
Operations & SCL
Brief Job Descriptions
Supports an organization or department by performing administrative services. Requires a high school diploma with 1-2 years of experience preferred.
Director of Talent
Develops, implements and manages a recruiting strategy aimed at attracting the top talent across the globe. Requires a bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience.
Aids executive in staff capacity by handling a wide variety of situations involving the admin functions of the office that cannot be brought to the attention of the executive. Gatekeeper to the CSuite team. Requires an associate’s degree or its equivalent with 3+ years of
Human Resources Generalist
Analyzes HR data and carries out responsibilities in staffing, employee relations, training compensation, employment, labor relations, safety, affirmative action, employment equity programs, etc. Requires a bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years of experience.
Manages the promotion and direction of the marketing or service activities, improvement of company’s product image, market data and information. Requires a bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of experience.
Manages, plans and organizes activities of projects to ensure that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters. Requires a bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of experience.
Greets and receives callers or visitors at establishment and determines nature of business. Acts as a junior gatekeeper to the entire company. Requires 1-2 years of experience preferred.
Recruits, interviews, checks references, makes offers and conducts orientation for new employees. Requires a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty and 1-3 years of experience.
Directs and oversees an organization’s sales policies, objectives and initiatives to drive revenues. Requires a bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience.
Supply Chain Director
Directs an organization’s overall global supply chain operations, including purchasing and inventory, selection of vendors and distribution of finished goods. Requires 5+ years of experience.
Vice President of Domestic Supply Chain
Plans and directs all aspects of an organization’s domestic supply chain policies, objectives and initiatives. Requires a bachelor’s degree with 10+ years of experience.
Manages and controls storage and distribution activities of the company to ensure maximum utilization of facilities. Requires a bachelor’s degree and 3+ years of experience.
Salary Guide Review
Meta Talent Group is the culmination of all things that I love and support; community, integrity, evolution, a hyper-focused mission and helping to further companies that support holistic health. I’m truly grateful to be a part of the cannabis and alternative health movement.
Derrick Knudsen, Founding Partner