The energy sector pays competitively because of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in its workforce. In many instances, wages and salaries are well above  national levels. For technical and skilled trade positions, the average median hourly wage for energy employees is $25.60 — 34% higher than the national median  hourly wage of $19.14. Some segments of the energy industry pay as much as 53% above the median hourly wage.* In addition to strong offerings for employees in technical positions, industry companies provide rich employment packages to attract professionals who can lead and support the business of energy.