A new study reveals that jobs in the burgeoning renewable and clean energy sector can pay up to 25 percent more than the national median wage and are more likely to come with health insurance and retirement benefits.
The Houston Chronicle summarizes results from a study of federal occupational wage and benefits data, specifically within the energy sector.
The study was conducted by E2, Washington-based advocacy group American Council on Renewable Energy and California-based networking group Clean Energy Leadership Institute.
It found that employees in the renewable energy sector earned an average of $48,000 annually, amounting to an hourly wage of $23.89. This also includes jobs within energy efficiency, grid modernization, and electric vehicles.
In the clean energy industry, which includes wind power, grid modernization and battery storage, employees earn a salary of $50,000, an average of $25 an hour.
Conversely, the national median hourly wage in 2019 was $19.14, which totaled to an annual salary of $38,000.