Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
7,640 4.4 % $43.87 $91,250 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.89 $30.84 $40.54 $52.31 $67.37
Annual Wage (2) $49,680 $64,140 $84,320 $108,800 $140,130


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 2,330 0.18 $41.55 $86,420
Metal Ore Mining 1,290 3.04 $41.23 $85,770
Coal Mining 800 0.92 $40.80 $84,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises 660 0.03 $46.63 $96,990
Support Activities for Mining 490 0.13 $41.78 $86,890

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 1,290 3.04 $41.23 $85,770
Coal Mining 800 0.92 $40.80 $84,860
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 390 0.42 $36.92 $76,790
Oil and Gas Extraction 380 0.21 $60.02 $124,840
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,330 0.18 $41.55 $86,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 180 0.16 $82.21 $171,000
Oil and Gas Extraction 380 0.21 $60.02 $124,840
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 340 0.03 $48.28 $100,420
Management of Companies and Enterprises 660 0.03 $46.63 $96,990
Support Activities for Mining 490 0.13 $41.78 $86,890


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)
Texas 750 0.07 1.21 $59.16 $123,060
California 660 0.05 0.79 $54.79 $113,970
Arizona 550 0.23 3.91 $40.12 $83,460
Colorado 540 0.24 4.16 $46.29 $96,290
Nevada 480 0.43 7.30 $42.54 $88,490




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 200 0.71 12.13 $44.37 $92,290
West Virginia 390 0.54 9.27 $38.41 $79,890
Alaska 160 0.49 8.35 $61.58 $128,080
Nevada 480 0.43 7.30 $42.54 $88,490
Montana 130 0.30 5.12 $36.25 $75,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 160 0.49 8.35 $61.58 $128,080
Texas 750 0.07 1.21 $59.16 $123,060
California 660 0.05 0.79 $54.79 $113,970
Oklahoma 260 0.17 2.91 $48.58 $101,040
Louisiana 270 0.15 2.49 $47.65 $99,110





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 480 0.18 3.11 $64.46 $134,080
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.25 4.34 $52.01 $108,170
Tucson, AZ 230 0.66 11.23 $41.26 $85,830
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.22 3.76 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.13 2.14 $42.75 $88,920
Charleston, WV 150 1.01 17.16 $37.04 $77,050
Colorado Springs, CO 130 0.54 9.23 $32.80 $68,220
Tulsa, OK 110 0.26 4.36 $56.85 $118,250
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 0.84 $46.58 $96,880
Oklahoma City, OK 90 0.15 2.49 $39.44 $82,040




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 150 1.01 17.16 $37.04 $77,050
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.90 15.43 $56.15 $116,780
Tucson, AZ 230 0.66 11.23 $41.26 $85,830
Colorado Springs, CO 130 0.54 9.23 $32.80 $68,220
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.49 8.29 $46.24 $96,170
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.27 4.65 $39.40 $81,940
Tulsa, OK 110 0.26 4.36 $56.85 $118,250
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.25 4.34 $52.01 $108,170
Reno-Sparks, NV 40 0.23 3.98 $38.34 $79,750
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.22 3.76 (8) (8)




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 480 0.18 3.11 $64.46 $134,080
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 60 0.21 3.54 $59.88 $124,550
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.77 $57.61 $119,820
Tulsa, OK 110 0.26 4.36 $56.85 $118,250
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.90 15.43 $56.15 $116,780
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.25 4.34 $52.01 $108,170
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 80 0.15 2.53 $48.97 $101,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.38 $98,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 0.84 $46.58 $96,880
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.49 8.29 $46.24 $96,170

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 350 6.24 106.55 $43.68 $90,850
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 1.14 19.41 $37.00 $76,960
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 0.96 16.45 $43.61 $90,720
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.86 14.69 $38.02 $79,080
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 8.90 $38.38 $79,840

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 350 6.24 106.55 $43.68 $90,850
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 2.05 34.92 $37.58 $78,170
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.94 33.18 $36.31 $75,520
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.66 28.29 $42.48 $88,350
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 60 1.20 20.46 $33.70 $70,090

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 11.43 $65.57 $136,380
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 4.94 $64.43 $134,010
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.74 12.68 $45.32 $94,260
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.88 $91,270
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 350 6.24 106.55 $43.68 $90,850


About May 2012 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:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013