How Much Do Mining Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Mining and Geological Engineers

Mining and Geological Engineers conduct subsurface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes, and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$100140 per year
Hourly wage
$48 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$57,040 to $71,990 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$27 to $35 per hour

Entry-level Mining and Geological Engineers and Mining Safety Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $57,040 to $71,990 per year or $27 to $35 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Mining and Geological Engineers and Mining Safety Engineers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $75 $156,270
Senior (Top 25%) $59 $121,670
Middle (Mid 50%) $45 $93,800
Junior (Bottom 25%) $35 $71,990
No experience (Bottom 10%) $27 $57,040

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
OK $68 $141,030
CA $61 $127,450
NM $58 $119,840
FL $57 $118,140
MT $54 $111,750
CO $53 $109,610
TX $51 $106,400
GA $50 $104,640
AK $50 $103,350
SD $50 $103,310

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Mining and Geological Engineer and Mining Safety Engineer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like OK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at OK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Mining Engineers are in the states of OK, CA, NM, FL and MT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Oil and Gas Extraction $141520 $68.04
Waste Treatment and Disposal $137020 $65.87
Scientific Research and Development Services $128970 $62.01
Management of Companies and Enterprises $127480 $61.29
State Government $127420 $61.26
Federal Executive Branch $98280 $47.25
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $95090 $45.72
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $94990 $45.67
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $94920 $45.63
Metal Ore Mining $92100 $44.28
Coal Mining $90950 $43.73
Support Activities for Mining $86650 $41.66

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