Mining Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Mining Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $73K annually. In the world of Mining Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $58K and $111K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $5K, respectively. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Mining Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$55,690 - $102,326
MEDIAN: $72,858

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$55,690 - $102,326  
$0.00 - $15,765  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,068  
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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).
$58,209 - $111,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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Job Description for Mining Engineer

Mine engineers work primarily for mining companies and provide technical support and directions for their operations. They also provide estimates relevant to mining construction and are involved with capital/expense projects and equipment selection for the company's mining operations.


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

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Newmont Mining Corporation offers the most; Mining Engineers earn $92K on average there.

Mining Engineers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $73K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $81K on average. Mining Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $101K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


6 %
94 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 7%