Mining Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Mining Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $73K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to Mining Engineers approaches anywhere from $59K on the lower end to $109K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Mining Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$56,286 - $100,243
MEDIAN: $72,683

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$56,286 - $100,243  
$0.00 - $15,681  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $5,500  
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).
$59,385 - $109,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Mining Engineer

Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Barrick Gold Corporation offers the most; Mining Engineers earn $78K on average there.

Survey results show that Mining Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and AutoCAD can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Aptitude in AutoCAD tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Mining Engineer

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. During the first five years of their careers, Mining Engineers see a median income of $73K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Mining Engineers make a median salary of $90K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Mining Engineers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $100K.

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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: 73% employee benefits None: 7%