Mining Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Mining Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Mining Engineers bottoms out near $58K and approaches $111K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $16K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Mining Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,690 - $102,326
MEDIAN: $72,858

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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.
$55,690 - $102,326  
$0.00 - $15,765  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,068  
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).
$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

Mining Engineers flock to Newmont Mining Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $92K lead the pack in compensation.

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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $73K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $81K. For Mining Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Mining Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

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%