Arkansas Energy Facts

Below are several facts about the Fayetteville Shale and the Arkansas oil and natural gas industry.

  • Arkansas is the nation’s 9th largest producer of marketed natural gas (2015).
  • Arkansas produces more total energy than it consumes, but the state’s per capita total energy consumption is in the top one-third of all of the states in the nation.  The industrial sector, which includes agriculture, consumes the most energy in Arkansas, followed by the transportation sector.
  • The state has produced almost 2 billion barrels of oil since 1920 and still produces almost 7 million barrels of oil per year.
  • America’s oil and natural gas industry supports 10.3 million jobs throughout the economy and 7.6 percent, or $1.3 trillion, of GDP (2015).
  • The Arkansas oil and natural gas industry supports over 92,000 jobs. The average salary in Arkansas for non-gas station oil and natural gas employees is $70,000 (average salary across all industries in the state is $39,723).
  • The oil and natural gas industry delivers $30 billion in annual revenue to government.