Green jobs pay better as clean-tech sector booms….By Scott Martin, USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — The green jobs movement is putting more greenbacks in workers’ pockets.

Clean-tech jobs offered median wages 20% higher across the United States in 2010, according to a report released today from researchers Brookings and Battelle. Such green jobs span industries ranging from solar-panel manufacturers to wind- and ocean-based energy production to electric-vehicle technologies.

The report on positions in 100 U.S. cities highlights a job boom in the sector that now counts 2.7 million jobs. TheBrookings Institution figures the industry contributed exported goods and services valued at $53.9 billion in 2009.