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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
7,370 3.7 % $ 48.29 $ 100,450 1.1 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.41 $ 33.71 $ 46.68 $ 61.31 $ 78.23
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,690 $ 70,110 $ 97,090 $ 127,530 $ 162,720


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

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 2,440 0.16 $ 47.36 $ 98,520
Metal Ore Mining 1,030 2.52 $ 44.47 $ 92,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises 530 0.02 $ 67.95 $ 141,340
Coal Mining 520 1.41 $ 46.49 $ 96,700
Support Activities for Mining 480 0.23 $ 39.78 $ 82,740

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 1,030 2.52 $ 44.47 $ 92,500
Coal Mining 520 1.41 $ 46.49 $ 96,700
Oil and Gas Extraction 420 0.39 $ 72.67 $ 151,150
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 220 0.23 $ 40.24 $ 83,710
Support Activities for Mining 480 0.23 $ 39.78 $ 82,740

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 420 0.39 $ 72.67 $ 151,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 530 0.02 $ 67.95 $ 141,340
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 330 0.02 $ 61.31 $ 127,520
Scientific Research and Development Services 240 0.03 $ 61.07 $ 127,020
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 47.59 $ 98,990


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

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.



Map of employment of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by state, May 2021


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)
Texas 840 0.07 1.31 $ 57.13 $ 118,840
Nevada 770 0.60 11.40 $ 49.02 $ 101,970
Pennsylvania 690 0.12 2.37 (8) (8)
Arizona 510 0.18 3.37 $ 40.87 $ 85,020
Colorado 410 0.16 2.97 $ 58.17 $ 120,990


Map of location quotient of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by state, May 2021


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)
Alaska 350 1.19 22.73 $ 59.80 $ 124,380
Nevada 770 0.60 11.40 $ 49.02 $ 101,970
Montana 190 0.41 7.76 $ 44.34 $ 92,230
Wyoming 100 0.38 7.32 $ 48.05 $ 99,950
New Mexico 180 0.24 4.54 $ 61.54 $ 128,010


Map of annual mean wages of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by state, May 2021


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 270 0.17 3.32 $ 69.88 $ 145,360
California 310 0.02 0.36 $ 67.87 $ 141,170
New Mexico 180 0.24 4.54 $ 61.54 $ 128,010
Alaska 350 1.19 22.73 $ 59.80 $ 124,380
Colorado 410 0.16 2.97 $ 58.17 $ 120,990



Map of employment of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by area, May 2021


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 500 0.17 3.27 $ 57.15 $ 118,870
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.16 2.97 $ 57.56 $ 119,720
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.34 6.53 $ 71.67 $ 149,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 170 0.02 0.37 $ 42.52 $ 88,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 160 0.08 1.48 $ 36.18 $ 75,250
Salt Lake City, UT 140 0.19 3.55 $ 40.24 $ 83,690
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.13 2.47 $ 72.58 $ 150,970
Pittsburgh, PA 110 0.10 1.96 $ 37.80 $ 78,620
Tucson, AZ 100 0.26 4.98 $ 44.17 $ 91,880
Anchorage, AK 100 0.59 11.23 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by area, May 2021


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)
Prescott, AZ 70 1.04 19.93 (8) (8)
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.95 18.15 $ 51.25 $ 106,600
Midland, TX 70 0.70 13.36 $ 60.31 $ 125,440
Anchorage, AK 100 0.59 11.23 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 40 0.37 7.07 $ 45.63 $ 94,910
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.34 6.53 $ 71.67 $ 149,070
Tucson, AZ 100 0.26 4.98 $ 44.17 $ 91,880
Reno, NV 50 0.20 3.84 $ 59.22 $ 123,180
Salt Lake City, UT 140 0.19 3.55 $ 40.24 $ 83,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 500 0.17 3.27 $ 57.15 $ 118,870


Map of annual mean wages of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers by area, May 2021


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)
Boulder, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 73.21 $ 152,290
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.13 2.47 $ 72.58 $ 150,970
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.34 6.53 $ 71.67 $ 149,070
Tulsa, OK 40 0.10 1.94 $ 66.92 $ 139,190
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 64.63 $ 134,420
Midland, TX 70 0.70 13.36 $ 60.31 $ 125,440
Reno, NV 50 0.20 3.84 $ 59.22 $ 123,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 58.69 $ 122,080
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 70 0.02 0.39 $ 57.58 $ 119,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 230 0.16 2.97 $ 57.56 $ 119,720

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 250 2.60 49.71 $ 40.49 $ 84,210
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.29 43.81 $ 51.44 $ 107,000
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 170 1.86 35.56 $ 44.79 $ 93,170
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.31 24.96 $ 47.76 $ 99,340
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 13.94 $ 42.39 $ 88,180

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 250 2.60 49.71 $ 40.49 $ 84,210
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.29 43.81 $ 51.44 $ 107,000
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 170 1.86 35.56 $ 44.79 $ 93,170
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.31 24.96 $ 47.76 $ 99,340
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 13.94 $ 42.39 $ 88,180

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.29 43.81 $ 51.44 $ 107,000
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.43 8.18 $ 50.19 $ 104,400
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 12.80 $ 49.43 $ 102,820
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 5.74 $ 49.33 $ 102,600
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.31 24.96 $ 47.76 $ 99,340


About May 2021 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022