The median wage for a solar installation job was $26 an hour past year, according to the report.
The solar industry, by all accounts, is booming, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census, an annual report released by the nonpartisan Solar Foundation.
The number of solar jobs increased in 44 of the 50 states in 2016, showing that solar industry growth is truly a nationwide phenomenon.
Despite the growth, Michigan's solar workforce was just 4.1 percent of California's, which included 100,050 people - the highest in the nation, according to the report.
Even with the loss of the rooftop solar installation jobs, Nevada in 2016 ranked fourth nationally in the number of solar jobs and second in the number of solar jobs per capita.
The report, which is the seventh annual look at the solar power workforce in the country, found that solar industry employment outpaced USA economic growth by 17 times, with an addition of 51,000 jobs during the year.
SC now has 2,772 solar workers, up from 1,764 in 2015.
"In 2016, we saw a dramatic increase in the solar workforce across the nation, thanks to a rapid decrease in the cost of solar panels and unprecedented consumer demand for solar installations", Luecke added. The jobs census defines solar workers as those who spend at least half their time on solar-related work.
Last year is also expected to have been the largest year on record for the total increase in USA solar electricity generating capacity - some 14 billion watts of added capacity are forecast, although the final numbers are not in yet.
"More than ever, it's clear that solar energy is a low-priced, reliable, super-abundant American energy source that is driving economic growth, strengthening businesses, and making our cities smarter and more resilient", Andrea Luecke, the president and executive director of the Solar Foundation, said in a statement.
"It's really about delays", said Andrea Luecke, the solar energy group's executive vice president.
Many industry watchers don't expect that the new administration will be able to derail mature industries like solar and wind.
The new figures were issued on Tuesday morning, courtesy of a new report from the The Solar Foundation. For example, women now make up 28 percent of the solar workforce, up from 24 percent.
But the White House plans "major reductions in funding" for the department, The Hill reported. "But Wisconsin's solar energy job growth potential has just begun to be tapped".