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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
6,280 6.0 % $46.63 $96,990 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.08 $32.81 $43.83 $58.12 $72.71
Annual Wage (2) $52,160 $68,240 $91,160 $120,890 $151,230


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 1,940 0.13 $45.57 $94,790
Metal Ore Mining 1,110 2.64 $44.37 $92,290
Coal Mining 620 1.22 $42.54 $88,480
Support Activities for Mining 590 0.17 $45.93 $95,540
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $55.27 $114,950

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 1,110 2.64 $44.37 $92,290
Coal Mining 620 1.22 $42.54 $88,480
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 230 0.23 $45.87 $95,410
Oil and Gas Extraction 250 0.18 $66.48 $138,280
Support Activities for Mining 590 0.17 $45.93 $95,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 250 0.18 $66.48 $138,280
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $60.88 $126,640
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $55.27 $114,950
Employment Services 50 (7) $54.88 $114,150
Management of Companies and Enterprises 290 0.01 $50.15 $104,310


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 570 0.05 1.08 $41.87 $87,080
California 550 0.03 0.73 $58.47 $121,610
Arizona 520 0.18 4.22 $40.43 $84,100
Nevada 390 0.28 6.60 $45.09 $93,790
Colorado 320 0.12 2.76 $52.27 $108,720




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 160 0.57 13.42 $45.20 $94,020
Alaska 170 0.54 12.62 $54.45 $113,260
New Mexico 270 0.32 7.57 $61.35 $127,600
Nevada 390 0.28 6.60 $45.09 $93,790
Montana 110 0.24 5.61 $55.56 $115,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 270 0.32 7.57 $61.35 $127,600
California 550 0.03 0.73 $58.47 $121,610
Montana 110 0.24 5.61 $55.56 $115,560
Alaska 170 0.54 12.62 $54.45 $113,260
Florida 170 0.02 0.45 $52.71 $109,650





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 340 0.11 2.64 $35.87 $74,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 210 0.10 2.29 $36.00 $74,880
Salt Lake City, UT 170 0.23 5.46 $52.29 $108,770
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 170 0.11 2.62 $50.83 $105,720
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.14 3.17 $48.04 $99,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 150 0.13 2.93 $42.98 $89,400
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 120 0.06 1.40 $32.19 $66,950
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.08 $46.33 $96,370
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 5.54 $41.85 $87,040
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 50 0.01 0.33 $54.42 $113,190




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)
Farmington, NM 30 0.70 16.27 (8) (8)
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.56 13.00 $47.01 $97,780
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 5.54 $41.85 $87,040
Salt Lake City, UT 170 0.23 5.46 $52.29 $108,770
Anchorage, AK 40 0.23 5.46 $58.79 $122,280
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.08 $46.33 $96,370
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.14 3.17 $48.04 $99,920
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 150 0.13 2.93 $42.98 $89,400
Boise City, ID 40 0.13 3.01 $40.73 $84,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 340 0.11 2.64 $35.87 $74,600




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)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 30 0.01 0.30 $63.81 $132,720
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 50 0.04 0.85 $60.55 $125,940
Anchorage, AK 40 0.23 5.46 $58.79 $122,280
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $54.70 $113,770
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 50 0.01 0.33 $54.42 $113,190
Salt Lake City, UT 170 0.23 5.46 $52.29 $108,770
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40 0.01 0.18 $51.37 $106,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 170 0.11 2.62 $50.83 $105,720
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 30 0.02 0.52 $49.11 $102,140
Pittsburgh, PA 160 0.14 3.17 $48.04 $99,920

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 290 2.93 68.64 $41.89 $87,130
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.68 39.26 $45.03 $93,660
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.05 24.55 $54.45 $113,250
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.68 15.83 (8) (8)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 20.62 $44.33 $92,200

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 290 2.93 68.64 $41.89 $87,130
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.68 39.26 $45.03 $93,660
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.05 24.55 $54.45 $113,250
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 20.62 $44.33 $92,200
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.71 16.66 $47.45 $98,690

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.05 24.55 $54.45 $113,250
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.71 16.66 $47.45 $98,690
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 1.68 39.26 $45.03 $93,660
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 20.62 $44.33 $92,200
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.63 14.65 $44.08 $91,690


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020