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Mining Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Mining Engineers earn an average of $72K annually. Overall cash earnings for Mining Engineers stretch from $59K on the lower end to $106K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Mining Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$56,331 - $98,633
MEDIAN: $71,588

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$56,331 - $98,633  
$0.00 - $15,742  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $7,757  
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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).
$59,157 - $106,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 197
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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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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. 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mining Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $73K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $79K. For Mining Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $87K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $105K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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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National Average

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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 40 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%