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Mining Engineer Salary

Male Mining Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $73K per year in the United States. Final cash compensation to Mining Engineers varies from around $60K to approximately $109K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $6K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Mining Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,320 - $100,160
MEDIAN: $72,808

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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.
$57,320 - $100,160  
$0.00 - $15,899  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $6,183  
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).
$60,051 - $109,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Mining Engineer

Barrick Gold Corporation offers the largest salaries in town — $78K on average.

Mining Engineers report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Competency in AutoCAD frequently indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Mining Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Mining Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $73K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $79K. On average, Mining Engineers make $89K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $104K.

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%