Mining Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Mining Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to Mining Engineers approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $109K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$57,194 - $100,281
(Median)
$57K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $72,997
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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.
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Salary
$57,194 - $100,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,953  
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).
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$59,832 - $109,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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.

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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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Survey takers who work as Mining Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is not unusual for someone who knows AutoCAD to be familiar with Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Mining Engineer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $73K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $89K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $105K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Mining Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$76,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%