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Mining Engineer Salary (United States)

With roughly three in five of Mining Engineers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $71K annually. Cash earnings for Mining Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $104K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,420 - $97,725
MEDIAN: $70,981
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$56,420 - $97,725  
$0.00 - $15,220  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$58,970 - $103,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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Job Description for Mining Engineer

Mining engineers design mines. They protect the safety of all who work in a mine by researching the structure of a mine, evaluating potential health hazards and formulating ways to ensure they don't pose a threat to mine employees. They are involved in the planning of expansion of sections in a mine and in performing inspections of mine facilities to ensure they are safe. Should an inspection result in areas of a mine that do not pass safety or health codes, mine engineers are also responsible for making sure that such deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner.
Mining Engineer Tasks
  • Improve productivity and costs in areas like ore blending, safety and drilling/blasting.
  • Provide calculations and reports about supplies, reserves and operations.
  • Manage mine operations from supply procurement to project management.

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Job skills reported by Mining Engineers are limited. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD. AutoCAD and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Mining Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Mining Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $72K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $79K. For Mining Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Mining Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median of $108K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up fewer than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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Location does not play a huge part in determining pay, but Mining Engineers in Denver do earn slightly more than the national average. Mining Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Salt Lake City (+4 percent).

Mining Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Mining Engineer in Denver:
Strive to be the best in what you are doing. Ask questions and always be willing to learn new way to do things better. Don't be afraid to not know the answer, but rather be willing to find out. Learn from everyone, many people with less qualifications than you have many more years experience that you can add to your theoretical knowledge.

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Experience Affects Mining Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Mining Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 49 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 4%