Mining Engineer Salary

Mining Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $73K annually. In the world of Mining Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $60K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $6K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,940 - $99,908

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$56,940 - $99,908  
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$59,895 - $108,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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

Those at Barrick Gold Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $78K.

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. 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 Mining Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $74K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mining Engineers make a median salary of $90K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $97K, 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

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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 24 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: 74% employee benefits None: 7%