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North Dakota’s annual pay increased this year, thanks to oil and gas development

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media  Google+

North Dakota’s income average is on the rise, thanks to the well-paying jobs available in Western North Dakota’s oil producing counties. It has increased from $45,909 in 2012 to $49,779 in 2013. It has jumped 44 percent since 2007. Data shows the top rated counties are: Williams, Slope, McKenzie, Dunn, Mountrail, Stark, Mercer, Burke, and Divide.

The associated press reports:

“Before the oil boom, counties with lignite mining or power plants had the distinction of paying workers the best. But workers in the oil and natural gas industry earned an average salary of $111,451 last year, Job Service data show, while mining jobs paid an average $80,174. Jobs that supported the mining industry, such as those at power plants, paid an average wage of $98,609 last year, data show.

Read more stats: Oil counties tops in North Dakota wages

Related: Oil and gas lead third year of industrial employment gains in Texas

2 comments

  1. And average expenses have probably gone up $8000 and 88% since 2007. Oil is great if you are a part of it but many are not.

    • I agree with you, Jamie. If you don’t own a house before this oil, one couldn’t afford to buy one. My house has risen almost $30,000 in value according with the personal property taxes. AND it’s over 100 years OLD!!!!!

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