Energy industry jobs pay higher-than-average wages
10/18/2016 9:49:40 AM
Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL – In recognition of the importance that energy has on the daily lives of all Minnesotans and the valuable careers this industry provides, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Oct. 17-21, 2016 as Careers in Energy Week.
This annual event seeks to raise public awareness about the high-quality careers and wide range of employment opportunities available in the energy sector.
Utility companies provide jobs for nearly 13,000 Minnesotans who serve in key energy industries including electric power generation and distribution and natural gas distribution.
Wages in this sector are the second highest in Minnesota – paying an average of $102,110 a year in 2015. That’s a whopping 89 percent higher than the $53,964 average annual wage across all industries in the state.
More than 54,000 Minnesotans work in the state’s clean energy industry, according to the Clean Jobs Midwest report published earlier this year by the Clean Energy Trust, a Chicago-based nonprofit. That report projected a 4.4 percent growth rate this year for clean energy jobs in Minnesota.
Clean energy jobs include everything from installation and maintenance to manufacturing and research. The majority of these jobs (about 60 percent) are in the energy efficiency sector, and the rest are spread across bioenergy, wind power, solar energy and smart grid technology, according to the 2014 Minnesota Clean Energy Economy Profile.
These clean energy jobs also pay well. Average annual wages in Minnesota’s clean energy sector reached over $71,000 in 2013 – again, significantly higher than the statewide average for all jobs. Salaries varied from $61,500 in wind to $80,300 in smart grid technology.
“Minnesotans looking for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages should consider our state’s robust energy sector,” says Commissioner Shawntera Hardy of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “Energy jobs are abundant in opportunities. They can be found in the public, private and nonprofit sectors ranging from entry-level to professional positions.”
During Careers in Energy Week, there are open houses and various educational activities around the state. Minnesotans are urged to become familiar with the career and technical education programs available in communities and at colleges across the state.
Find out more about career opportunities in energy by visiting the Minnesota Energy Center’s Get Into Energy Minnesota website.
DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and our services, visit DEED’s website or follow DEED on Twitter.