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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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

Conduct subsurface 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 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
Industry profile for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
Geographic profile for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

National estimates for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,270 6.0 % $ 48.15 $ 100,140 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 27.42 $ 34.61 $ 45.10 $ 58.50 $ 75.13
Annual Wage (2) $ 57,040 $ 71,990 $ 93,800 $ 121,670 $ 156,270


Industry profile for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,250 0.15 $ 45.72 $ 95,090
Metal Ore Mining 1,200 2.97 $ 44.28 $ 92,100
Coal Mining 560 1.29 $ 43.73 $ 90,950
Support Activities for Mining 400 0.15 $ 41.66 $ 86,650
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 340 0.02 $ 61.26 $ 127,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,200 2.97 $ 44.28 $ 92,100
Coal Mining 560 1.29 $ 43.73 $ 90,950
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.21 $ 68.04 $ 141,520
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 210 0.21 $ 45.63 $ 94,920
Support Activities for Mining 400 0.15 $ 41.66 $ 86,650

Top paying industries for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.21 $ 68.04 $ 141,520
Waste Treatment and Disposal 30 0.03 $ 65.87 $ 137,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $ 62.01 $ 128,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises 310 0.01 $ 61.29 $ 127,480
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 340 0.02 $ 61.26 $ 127,420


Geographic profile for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 700 0.56 12.35 $ 46.66 $ 97,040
Texas 570 0.05 1.05 $ 51.16 $ 106,400
California 570 0.03 0.77 $ 61.27 $ 127,450
Arizona 520 0.18 4.10 $ 42.73 $ 88,880
Colorado 300 0.12 2.58 $ 52.70 $ 109,610




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 700 0.56 12.35 $ 46.66 $ 97,040
Wyoming 130 0.48 10.75 $ 45.68 $ 95,020
Alaska 140 0.47 10.41 $ 49.69 $ 103,350
Montana 190 0.41 9.12 $ 53.72 $ 111,750
New Mexico 230 0.30 6.56 $ 57.62 $ 119,840




Top paying states for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma (8) (8) (8) $ 67.80 $ 141,030
California 570 0.03 0.77 $ 61.27 $ 127,450
New Mexico 230 0.30 6.56 $ 57.62 $ 119,840
Florida 150 0.02 0.40 $ 56.80 $ 118,140
Montana 190 0.41 9.12 $ 53.72 $ 111,750





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 320 0.11 2.38 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 220 0.10 2.30 $ 39.97 $ 83,130
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 190 0.16 3.65 $ 44.37 $ 92,300
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 2.76 $ 53.62 $ 111,530
Salt Lake City, UT 130 0.18 4.00 $ 41.33 $ 85,970
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 5.32 $ 43.32 $ 90,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 80 0.02 0.39 $ 44.92 $ 93,440
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.15 3.34 $ 45.43 $ 94,490
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.07 1.45 $ 47.13 $ 98,020
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.04 0.94 $ 61.49 $ 127,900




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.43 9.58 $ 43.93 $ 91,370
Midland, TX 40 0.37 8.30 (8) (8)
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 5.32 $ 43.32 $ 90,100
Salt Lake City, UT 130 0.18 4.00 $ 41.33 $ 85,970
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 190 0.16 3.65 $ 44.37 $ 92,300
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.15 3.34 $ 45.43 $ 94,490
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 2.76 $ 53.62 $ 111,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 320 0.11 2.38 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 220 0.10 2.30 $ 39.97 $ 83,130
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.07 1.45 $ 47.13 $ 98,020




Top paying metropolitan areas for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 60 0.04 0.94 $ 61.49 $ 127,900
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 2.76 $ 53.62 $ 111,530
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 53.07 $ 110,390
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 51.63 $ 107,380
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.02 0.52 $ 48.75 $ 101,400
Billings, MT (8) (8) (8) $ 47.40 $ 98,590
Pittsburgh, PA 70 0.07 1.45 $ 47.13 $ 98,020
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 80 0.15 3.34 $ 45.43 $ 94,490
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 80 0.02 0.39 $ 44.92 $ 93,440
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 190 0.16 3.65 $ 44.37 $ 92,300

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 280 3.00 66.55 $ 40.71 $ 84,670
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.65 36.51 $ 46.39 $ 96,480
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.02 22.57 $ 47.63 $ 99,070
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 0.64 14.28 (8) (8)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 17.58 $ 44.74 $ 93,060

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 280 3.00 66.55 $ 40.71 $ 84,670
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.65 36.51 $ 46.39 $ 96,480
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.02 22.57 $ 47.63 $ 99,070
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.85 18.90 $ 43.03 $ 89,500
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 17.58 $ 44.74 $ 93,060

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 9.71 $ 50.45 $ 104,950
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 100 1.02 22.57 $ 47.63 $ 99,070
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.65 36.51 $ 46.39 $ 96,480
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 11.85 $ 45.19 $ 94,000
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 0.79 17.58 $ 44.74 $ 93,060


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021