Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
6,150 5.2 % $49.86 $103,710 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.30 $34.23 $45.31 $61.12 $77.08
Annual Wage (2) $54,700 $71,190 $94,240 $127,120 $160,320


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 1,540 0.11 $49.71 $103,400
Metal Ore Mining 900 2.36 $46.44 $96,600
Coal Mining 690 1.39 $42.69 $88,780
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.43 $68.50 $142,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises 440 0.02 $56.86 $118,270

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 900 2.36 $46.44 $96,600
Coal Mining 690 1.39 $42.69 $88,780
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.43 $68.50 $142,470
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 270 0.28 $40.10 $83,400
Support Activities for Mining 400 0.15 $54.14 $112,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.43 $68.50 $142,470
Scientific Research and Development Services 160 0.03 $58.31 $121,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises 440 0.02 $56.86 $118,270
Support Activities for Mining 400 0.15 $54.14 $112,600
Employment Services 40 (7) $51.67 $107,470


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 620 0.24 5.60 $56.76 $118,050
Texas 580 0.05 1.13 $71.43 $148,570
California 490 0.03 0.67 $59.47 $123,690
Pennsylvania 420 0.07 1.68 $41.87 $87,090
Nevada 400 0.30 7.05 $44.62 $92,800




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 150 0.55 12.72 $44.78 $93,140
Alaska 150 0.49 11.26 $54.10 $112,520
West Virginia 280 0.40 9.37 $41.17 $85,630
Nevada 400 0.30 7.05 $44.62 $92,800
New Mexico 230 0.28 6.51 $66.55 $138,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 580 0.05 1.13 $71.43 $148,570
New Mexico 230 0.28 6.51 $66.55 $138,420
California 490 0.03 0.67 $59.47 $123,690
Colorado 620 0.24 5.60 $56.76 $118,050
Alaska 150 0.49 11.26 $54.10 $112,520



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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)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 410 0.29 6.62 $58.41 $121,490
Salt Lake City, UT 220 0.31 7.19 $44.79 $93,160
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 4.06 $44.00 $91,510
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 170 0.09 2.01 $38.13 $79,300
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 2.57 (8) (8)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.02 $47.42 $98,630
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.01 0.30 $43.07 $89,590
Bakersfield, CA 80 0.25 5.77 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 70 0.62 14.41 $40.77 $84,810
Reno, NV 50 0.22 5.14 $45.21 $94,030


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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)
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.83 19.34 $61.70 $128,340
Charleston, WV 70 0.62 14.41 $40.77 $84,810
Salt Lake City, UT 220 0.31 7.19 $44.79 $93,160
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 410 0.29 6.62 $58.41 $121,490
Bakersfield, CA 80 0.25 5.77 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 5.89 $45.85 $95,370
Reno, NV 50 0.22 5.14 $45.21 $94,030
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.02 $47.42 $98,630
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 4.06 $44.00 $91,510
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 110 0.11 2.57 (8) (8)


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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)
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.83 19.34 $61.70 $128,340
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $58.46 $121,590
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 410 0.29 6.62 $58.41 $121,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $58.31 $121,280
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.02 0.53 $49.55 $103,050
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $48.37 $100,620
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.02 $47.42 $98,630
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 30 0.02 0.53 $46.93 $97,620
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 5.89 $45.85 $95,370
Reno, NV 50 0.22 5.14 $45.21 $94,030

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 290 6.93 160.44 $44.28 $92,100
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.72 16.78 $39.74 $82,660
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 17.58 $43.05 $89,540
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.04 24.02 $45.77 $95,210
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 18.85 $58.40 $121,470

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 290 6.93 160.44 $44.28 $92,100
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 25.55 $44.11 $91,750
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.04 24.02 $45.77 $95,210
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.89 20.62 $42.22 $87,820
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 18.85 $58.40 $121,470

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 18.85 $58.40 $121,470
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.55 12.83 $49.11 $102,140
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.04 24.02 $45.77 $95,210
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 290 6.93 160.44 $44.28 $92,100
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 25.55 $44.11 $91,750


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018