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Cannabis Bud Trimmer: Salary & Job Description

Cannabis bud trimmers are entry-level workers in the marijuana industry. They tend to be among the industry's lowest paid workers, but opportunities for advancement might arise.

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What is a Cannabis Bud Trimmer?

Cannabis bud trimmers, also known as marijuana trimmers, harvest marijuana plants by cutting the flowers of the plants from their stems. They also might be responsible for weighing, labeling and packaging the trimmed buds. Cannabis bud trimmers might have to meet daily production quotas, and some employers require that they be available for work on short notice. Additionally, they must adhere to local and state laws and regulations related to marijuana production and keep up to date on changes to those laws and regulations.

Cannabis bud trimmers typically are employed with medical marijuana or recreational marijuana dispensaries in states where marijuana use has been legalized. This is an entry-level position that often serves as a foot in the door for higher-level jobs in the marijuana industry, such as cultivator or even grow master.

Educational Requirements None; however, cannabis bud trimmers must be at least 21 years of age and often require a permit
Job Skills Organizational skills; cleanliness; precision; knowledge of marijuana plant anatomy and strains; ability to weigh accurately; ability to sit and focus for long periods of time; manual dexterity
Salary (2016)* $12-$13 per hour or $100-$200 per pound

Source: *Forbes.com

Required Education

There is no required education for cannabis bud trimmers. However, in some states, such as Oregon, bud trimmers and others working in the marijuana industry must be at least 21 years old and have a Marijuana Worker Permit. Oregon's permit process, which is administered by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, involves passing an online exam, registering for a permit and paying a $100 fee. Prospective cannabis bud trimmers will need a clean criminal record and a valid driver's license.

Required Skills

Cannabis bud trimmers must be precise and dexterous in their trimming so as not to waste any of the marijuana plant, and they must maintain a clean and organized work environment to avoid contaminating their product. They also must be able to accurately weigh the trimmed buds, as well as identify various marijuana strains, so as not to cheat their employer or customers. Additionally, due to the tedious nature of the job, cannabis bud trimmers must be able to sit and focus for long periods of time.

At some dispensaries, cannabis bud trimmers interact with customers and thus need customer service skills; however, these workers more often perform their duties behind closed doors.

Career Outlook and Salary

There are no official career outlook statistics for cannabis bud trimmers, but as more states legalize marijuana for medical and/or recreational use, it's reasonable to assume that job prospects in this field will increase.

Salaries for cannabis trimmers vary by region and employer. Official data is not generally reported. Estimates were provided by Forbes.com as $12-$13 per hour or $100-$200 per pound as of 2016.

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