What do Energy Jobs Pay?



According to Yale Climate Connections, ‘Energy workers are paid 34% more than the median wage in the US.’ But what exactly does that mean for your energy career?

Knowing exactly what energy jobs pay is key when it comes to choosing your next energy role. From solar energy jobs to careers in hydroelectric power, we’ve pinpointed average earnings for a range of energy roles, meaning you can head into your job hunt armed with the knowledge you need to make the right career move for you.


What do Energy Jobs Pay?

Solar Energy

Solar energy is an incredibly fast-growing industry, with demand increasing and competition for top talent at an all-time high. This is reflected in the competitive salaries available to skilled professionals, from entry-level roles right through to management careers.

According to recent data, those working within the solar energy industry can earn between $98,000 and $133,000, depending on their skills and experience.

For example, a Solar Energy Project Manager overseeing projects from inception to completion can expect to earn up to $120k annually.

If you’re looking for an energy role that will competitively reward you for your extensive skills and experience, solar energy could be an excellent choice.


Wind Energy

The average annual salary for an individual working within the Wind Energy sector is $87,000. In this sector, skilled individuals oversee the installation and maintenance of wind turbines across the US and beyond.

For Wind Turbine Technicians, you can expect a salary of around $56,000, moving up to $76,000 and beyond as your skills and experience progress. Further up the wind energy career ladder, those holding Wind Energy Engineering roles currently earn an average of $94,500 and those with Site Management credentials can earn up to $130,000 annually.

The Wind Energy sector offers a range of roles for individuals at various points of their careers, all with competitive pay packets as a key benefit.


Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric Power is a key source of renewable energy, and each role within this sector requires highly skilled individuals due to its complex and ever-evolving nature. As you can imagine, these skills and extensive experience are again well-compensated.

On average, individuals working within the Hydroelectric Power industry earn an annual average of $50,000. Electrical Engineers, responsible for designing and maintaining electric systems within hydroelectric power plants see earnings between $75k and $110k annually. Similarly, power plant operators are compensated with average salaries of around $80k, while many Environmental Scientists make around $90k per year.

A role in Hydroelectric Power is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a career that will allow you to continually improve your annual earnings.


Your Next Energy Role

Energy careers are extremely lucrative when it comes to salary – a benefit that is only set to improve in the coming years. But it’s also important to remember that a career in energy offers many other benefits, such as job stability, career satisfaction and the opportunity for continual learning and growth.

If you’re on the hunt for your next role in the Energy Sector, please get in touch with our Mackinnon & Partners Recruitment Team. 

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