Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2151 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs. Excludes "Petroleum Engineers" (17-2171).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,270 5.0 % $41.99 $87,350 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.54 $30.62 $39.84 $49.83 $62.36
Annual Wage (2) $48,950 $63,700 $82,870 $103,640 $129,700


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,770 0.14 $41.36 $86,030
Metal Ore Mining 860 2.53 $40.22 $83,650
Coal Mining 850 1.07 $38.49 $80,060
Oil and Gas Extraction 450 0.29 $55.90 $116,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises 420 0.02 $44.02 $91,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 860 2.53 $40.22 $83,650
Coal Mining 850 1.07 $38.49 $80,060
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 330 0.37 $36.58 $76,090
Oil and Gas Extraction 450 0.29 $55.90 $116,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,770 0.14 $41.36 $86,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 450 0.29 $55.90 $116,280
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $50.89 $105,850
Management of Companies and Enterprises 420 0.02 $44.02 $91,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 160 0.01 $42.42 $88,220
State Government (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $42.03 $87,420


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 680 0.32 6.40 $45.14 $93,880
Texas 680 0.07 1.36 $53.39 $111,060
Pennsylvania 630 0.12 2.33 $30.77 $64,010
California 550 0.04 0.81 $55.60 $115,660
Arizona 390 0.16 3.32 $36.93 $76,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 220 0.83 16.73 $39.17 $81,480
West Virginia 330 0.47 9.58 $36.33 $75,560
Colorado 680 0.32 6.40 $45.14 $93,880
Alaska 90 0.29 5.92 $45.59 $94,820
Nevada 290 0.26 5.31 $43.32 $90,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 180 0.03 0.67 $57.63 $119,870
California 550 0.04 0.81 $55.60 $115,660
Texas 680 0.07 1.36 $53.39 $111,060
Louisiana 90 0.05 0.99 $46.80 $97,340
Oklahoma 80 0.06 1.13 $46.46 $96,630

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 360 0.15 2.94 $57.49 $119,590
Denver-Aurora, CO 360 0.31 6.18 $46.83 $97,410
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.14 2.88 $34.73 $72,240
Tucson, AZ 150 0.44 8.93 $41.17 $85,640
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.43 8.75 $52.41 $109,010
Charleston, WV 110 0.74 15.05 $37.48 $77,970
St. Louis, MO-IL 70 0.06 1.16 $43.57 $90,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 70 0.04 0.85 $31.85 $66,260
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 60 0.12 2.47 $48.71 $101,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.32 $54.00 $112,330




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Charleston, WV 110 0.74 15.05 $37.48 $77,970
Johnstown, PA 30 0.61 12.30 $32.40 $67,400
Tucson, AZ 150 0.44 8.93 $41.17 $85,640
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.43 8.75 $52.41 $109,010
Denver-Aurora, CO 360 0.31 6.18 $46.83 $97,410
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.30 6.08 $41.08 $85,450
Lexington-Fayette, KY 50 0.20 4.03 $36.28 $75,470
Spokane, WA 30 0.18 3.55 $47.97 $99,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 360 0.15 2.94 $57.49 $119,590
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.14 2.88 $34.73 $72,240




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $64.35 $133,850
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 360 0.15 2.94 $57.49 $119,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.32 $54.00 $112,330
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.43 8.75 $52.41 $109,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.77 $103,530
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.69 $48.92 $101,750
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 60 0.12 2.47 $48.71 $101,310
Spokane, WA 30 0.18 3.55 $47.97 $99,790
Denver-Aurora, CO 360 0.31 6.18 $46.83 $97,410
Tulsa, OK 50 0.12 2.33 $46.42 $96,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.82 97.70 $42.79 $88,990
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.79 16.04 $33.02 $68,680
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.18 44.24 $36.81 $76,570
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 12.76 $36.31 $75,530
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 16.69 $39.05 $81,230

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.82 97.70 $42.79 $88,990
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.18 44.24 $36.81 $76,570
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 90 1.42 28.71 $34.50 $71,770
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 26.27 $34.45 $71,660
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.21 24.59 $39.48 $82,130

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 7.72 $52.09 $108,340
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 250 4.82 97.70 $42.79 $88,990
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 14.87 $40.64 $84,540
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.21 24.59 $39.48 $82,130
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.56 11.28 $39.11 $81,350


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011