Budtender Salary: How much does a Budtender make?
So, how much does being a Budtender pay?
Answer: More than you thought!
Being a Budtender isn't a bad job at all. You get to work with cannabis, talk about cannabis, sell cannabis, roll cannabis, and help those in need. Beats working in a cubicle. With the demographic of budtenders growing in the U.S, more and more people are wanting to get into the industry. BUT there is the question: How much money can I make being a budtender?.
Yearly salary working 40hrs a week: $21,120 - $26,880+
Plus Tips: $3,000 - $4,800+ (Some places don't allow tips. However, most do.)
Potential yearly salary including tips: $24,120 - $31,680+
So, not too bad for an entry level position within the cannabis industry. If you need to feed a family of 4.. maybe you should try something else. However, If you are in your 20's, making $16 an hour (with tips) is pretty damn good.
Obviously, each state & employer will vary in pay. However, it's safe to say the above information is congruent with the cannabis industry. (At least here in Colorado)
Myself being a budtender during the first year of Recreational sales in Colorado, there were times, we would walk out with $100+ in tips a piece. People would pay me to tell them information about the information. At times I was like an on demand cannabis consultant to out of state business seekers.
If you are looking to get into the industry as a Budtender: Please don't let an employer low ball you with anything below $11hr. You are worth more as a human being and the profit margins are far to high to be working for such a little wage.
GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!