Mining Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively young group of workers, 60 percent of Mining Engineers report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $74,427 annually on average. Pay starts at $58,970 and can approach $103,619 per year on the higher side. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $15,220 and $9,696, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $56,420 or peak near $97,725. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; the vast majority receive both medical and dental insurance and most get vision plans. Job satisfaction for Mining Engineers is high. 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

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$56,420 - $97,725  
$0.00 - $15,220  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $9,696  
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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).
$58,970 - $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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Pay by Experience Level for Mining Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Mining Engineers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Starting at around $77K, salaries see a boost to $79K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $83K after 10 to 20 years. After a couple decades on the job, Mining Engineers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $108K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than 10 of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Residency does not play a huge part in determining salary, but people in Denver do earn salaries that slightly surpass 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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Skills That Affect Mining Engineer Salaries

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Common Health Benefits

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