Mining Engineer Salary

Male Mining Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $73K per year in the United States. Total cash compensation to Mining Engineers approaches anywhere from $59K on the lower end to $110K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Mining Engineers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$56,244 - $101,390
MEDIAN: $72,692

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$56,244 - $101,390  
$0.00 - $15,679  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,096  
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).
$59,375 - $110,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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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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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Barrick Gold Corporation offers the most; Mining Engineers earn $78K on average there.

Typical Mining Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Engineering Design and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Experience with AutoCAD is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Mining Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $74K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mining Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $99K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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 Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%