The oil and gas industry is an intensive one, requiring support and services from thousands of businesses, which translates into jobs – lots of them. In North Dakota, one in seven jobs is supported by the oil and gas industry, ranging from manual labor to skilled tradesmen and women to professionals of from every industry and sector.
Employment Numbers at a Glance:
The oil and gas industry also boosts wages in many areas. In 2013, counties located within the Bakken Resource Play had some of the highest wages in the country:
|Top 10 earning counties in ND|
|State Rank||National Rank||Avg. AGI||National
|1||11||McKenzie County (Watford City)||$133,898||1,376||$44,849|
|2||14||Williams County (Williston||$130,625||1,025||$47,436|
|3||27||Dunn County (Killdeer)||$109,797||2,662||$36,221|
|5||48||Steele County (Finley)||$96,976||1,029||$47,401|
|6||63||Stark County (Dickinson)||$90,602||1,431||$44,536|
|7||66||Billings County (Medora)||$89,600||1,720||$42,526|
|8||74||Divide County (Crosby)||$87,474||1,477||$44,127|
|9||109||Burke County (Portal)||$79,443||1,959||$40,928|
|10||128||Cavalier County (Langdon)||$76,333||1,064||$47,179|
In 2014, the average wage in the oil and gas industry in the U.S. was $99,841 – 109 percent above the statewide average wage of $47,779.
Resources for finding your oil and gas job or career in North Dakota:
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