2021 Cannabis Salary Guide

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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)

Salaries may be affected by other factors including, but not limited to:

  • Benefits package
  • Bonuses or profit sharing
  • Company size
  • Equity components
  • Location
  • Specialized skill sets
  • Education & certifications

Base Salaries

10% of the national workforce are paid below this figure
this represents the national average
10% of the national workforce are paid above this figure
Composite Cost of Living Index: Q3 2020

Variance By State

Salaries vary from state to state. This map indicates 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. average.
$100,000 x 1.182 = $118,200
The average base salary for a Director of Extraction in New Jersey is $118,200.

Composite Cost of Living Index: Q3 2020

Accounting / Finance & IT

 Base Salaries
ACCOUNTING CLERK$35,000$45,000$55,000
ACCOUNTING MANAGER$55,000$75,000$95,000
AP SUPERVISOR$50,000$65,000$80,000
AR SUPERVISOR$50,000$65,000$80,000
COST ACCOUNTANT$45,000$55,000$65,000
DIRECTOR ACCOUNTING$90,000$110,000$130,000
DIRECTOR CAPITAL MARKETS$100,000$110,000$120,000
DIRECTOR FINANCE$90,000$110,000$130,000
FINANCIAL ANALYST$50,000$65,000$80,000
IT MANAGER$70,000$90,000$110,000
PAYROLL MANAGER$70,000$85,000$100,000
SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST$60,000$75,000$90,000
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT$60,000$70,000$80,000
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER$60,000$75,000$90,000
STAFF ACCOUNTANT$45,000$55,000$65,000

Admin / HR & Legal

 Base Salaries
COMPLIANCE ANALYST$55,000$65,000$75,000
DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES$70,000$100,000$130,000
DIRECTOR TALENT$70,000$90,000$120,000
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT$60,000$80,000$100,000
HR GENERALIST$45,000$55,000$65,000
HR MANAGER$60,000$70,000$80,000
LICENSING SPECIALIST$50,000$60,000$70,000
MANAGER OF COMPLIANCE$50,000$70,000$90,000
METRC MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
OFFICE MANAGER$45,000$55,000$65,000
ON-BOARDING MANAGER$40,000$50,000$60,000
PROJECT COORDINATOR$40,000$50,000$60,000
PROJECT MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000

Cultivation & Laboratory

 Base Salaries
ASSISTANT CULTIVATION MGR$40,000$55,000$70,000
ASSISTANT LAB MANAGER$50,000$60,000$70,000
CULTIVATION MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
CULTIVATION TECHNICIAN$35,000$40,000$45,000
DIRECTOR CULTIVATION$70,000$100,000$140,000
DIRECTOR EXTRACTION$75,000$100,000$130,000
DIRECTOR QUALITY$70,000$90,000$120,000
EXTRACTION MANAGER$60,000$70,000$80,000
EXTRACTION TECHNICIAN$35,000$40,000$45,000
FORMULATION CHEMIST$50,000$60,000$70,000
HEAD CHEF$50,000$70,000$90,000
HEAD GROWER$50,000$60,000$70,000
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGER$50,000$60,000$70,000
LABORATORY DIRECTOR$70,000$90,000$110,000
LABORATORY MANAGER$60,000$65,000$80,000
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN$35,000$40,000$45,000
QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
QUALITY CONTROL MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
R&D MANAGER$50,000$70,000$90,000
SENIOR ANALYTICAL CHEMIST$50,000$60,000$70,000
VP CULTIVATION$100,000$140,000$180,000
VP QUALITY ASSURANCE$100,000$125,000$150,000
VP RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT$100,000$130,000$160,000

Executive Officers

 Base Salaries
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER$125,000$150,000$175,000
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER$100,000$130,000$160,000
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER$110,000$140,000$170,000
CHIEF DEI OFFICER$100,000$125,000$150,000
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER$150,000$200,000$250,000
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER$150,000$200,000$250,000
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER$125,000$150,000$175,000
CHIEF HR OFFICER$125,000$175,000$225,000
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER$120,000$140,000$160,000
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER$110,000$130,000$150,000
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER$120,000$140,000$160,000
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER$125,000$150,000$175,000
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER$120,000$150,000$180,000
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER$140,000$180,000$225,000
CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER$125,000$150,000$175,000
CHIEF PRODUCTION OFFICER$120,000$140,000$160,000
CHIEF RESEARCH OFFICER$120,000$150,000$180,000
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER$125,000$150,000$175,000
CHIEF RISK OFFICER$120,000$135,000$150,000
CHIEF SALES OFFICER$125,000$175,000$225,000
CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER$120,000$160,000$200,000
CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER$110,000$130,000$150,000
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER$120,000$140,000$160,000
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER$140,000$170,000$200,000

Marketing & Sales

 Base Salaries
ACCOUNT MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
ACCOUNT SPECIALIST$40,000$75,000$60,000
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MGR$50,000$70,000$90,000
BRAND AMBASSADOR$40,000$45,000$50,000
BRAND MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
CONTENT MARKETING MGR$60,000$70,000$80,000
CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
CUSTOMER SERVICE REP$35,000$40,000$45,000
CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
DIRECTOR BRANDING$70,000$90,000$110,000
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEV$75,000$100,000$125,000
DIRECTOR MARKETING$75,000$100,000$125,000
MARKETING COORDINATOR$40,000$45,000$50,000
MARKETING MANAGER$60,000$75,000$90,000
PR MANAGER$50,000$60,000$70,000
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER$50,000$70,000$100,000
SALES REPRESENTATIVE$40,000$45,000$50,000
SALES MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
SALES DIRECTOR$75,000$100,000$125,000
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST$45,000$55,000$65,000
VP MARKETING$100,000$125,000$150,000
VP SALES$100,000$150,000$200,000
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT$100,000$140,000$180,000

Operations & SC

 Base Salaries
DIRECTOR FACILITIES$70,000$90,000$110,000
DIRECTOR OPERATIONS$75,000$100,000$125,000
DIRECTOR PROCESSING$70,000$90,000$110,000
DIRECTOR PURCHASING$70,000$85,000$100,000
DIRECTOR SECURITY$70,000$90,000$110,000
DIRECTOR WAREHOUSE$70,000$85,000$100,000
DIRECTOR WHOLESALE$70,000$90,000$110,000
FACILITY MANAGER$60,000$75,000$90,000
GENERAL MANAGER$60,000$80,000$100,000
INVENTORY MANAGER$60,000$70,000$80,000
OPERATIONS MANAGER$60,000$80,000$100,000
OPERATIONS COORDINATOR$45,000$50,000$55,000
PROCUREMENT MANAGER$60,000$75,000$90,000
PRODUCT DEV MANAGER$80,000$90,000$100,000
PRODUCTION MANAGER$70,000$75,000$80,000
PURCHASING MANAGER$60,000$70,000$80,000
RETAIL MANAGER$50,000$60,000$70,000
SECURITY MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000
SUPPLY CHAIN COORDINATOR$40,000$50,000$60,000
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER$60,000$80,000$100,000
SUPLLY CHAIN DIRECTOR$75,000$100,000$125,000
VP DOMESTIC SUPPLY CHAIN$110,000$130,000$150,000
VP GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN$120,000$140,000$160,000
VP OPERATIONS$125,000$150,000$175,000
VP SECURITY$100,000$125,000$150,000
WAREHOUSE SPECIALIST$40,000$50,000$60,000
WAREHOUSE MANAGER$50,000$65,000$80,000

Job Descriptions

Administrative Assistant

Supports an organization or department by performing administrative services. Requires a high school diploma with 1-2 years of experience preferred.

Marketing Manager

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.

Sales Director

Directs and oversees an organization's sales policies, objectives and initiatives to drive revenues. Requires a bachelor's degree with 5+ years of experience.

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.

Project Manager

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.

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.

Executive Assistant

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 C- Suite team. Requires an associate's degree or its equivalent with 3+ 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.

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.

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.


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.

Warehouse Manager

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.

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