While all jobs in energy pay higher than the national median hourly wage of $19.14:
- workers in the nuclear industry get a median hourly wage of $39.19
- those in natural gas pay $30.33
- coal jobs pay a $28.69 hourly wage
- oil jobs pay $26.59
- hourly wages in wind and solar are $25.95 and $24.48, respectively
- while jobs in energy efficiency and storage excluding fossil fuels pay even less - $24.44 and $24.36
The report says:
- While the energy sector was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy industry lost fewer jobs compared to other sectors of the economy, such as Tourism, Hospitality, and Recreation, Information and Communications, Retail, and Building and Design
In the United States, thousands of oil & gas jobs disappeared during the oil price and demand crash last year, and more and more former oil workers moved to jobs in the clean energy business.
However, they have also taken a pay cut moving to renewables as the industry still pays lower than oil & gas.