Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
6,940 5.7 % $49.52 $103,010 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.68 $33.96 $45.06 $61.26 $77.17
Annual Wage (2) $55,490 $70,630 $93,720 $127,420 $160,510


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 2,130 0.15 $45.52 $94,680
Metal Ore Mining 920 2.29 $46.01 $95,700
Oil and Gas Extraction 870 0.48 $68.26 $141,970
Coal Mining 710 1.33 $42.43 $88,260
State Government (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $46.68 $97,100

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 920 2.29 $46.01 $95,700
Coal Mining 710 1.33 $42.43 $88,260
Oil and Gas Extraction 870 0.48 $68.26 $141,970
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 250 0.27 $39.30 $81,730
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,130 0.15 $45.52 $94,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 870 0.48 $68.26 $141,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $58.04 $120,730
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.02 $56.63 $117,790
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 $55.81 $116,090
Support Activities for Mining 370 0.13 $50.36 $104,740


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 720 0.06 1.23 $71.62 $148,970
California 630 0.04 0.80 $56.74 $118,020
Colorado 610 0.24 4.92 $59.16 $123,040
Pennsylvania 410 0.07 1.43 $40.92 $85,120
Nevada 400 0.32 6.43 $44.50 $92,560




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 190 0.68 13.67 $43.28 $90,030
Alaska 160 0.48 9.80 $56.21 $116,920
West Virginia 260 0.38 7.66 $40.53 $84,310
Nevada 400 0.32 6.43 $44.50 $92,560
Colorado 610 0.24 4.92 $59.16 $123,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 720 0.06 1.23 $71.62 $148,970
Colorado 610 0.24 4.92 $59.16 $123,040
New Mexico 180 0.23 4.58 $59.10 $122,920
California 630 0.04 0.80 $56.74 $118,020
Alaska 160 0.48 9.80 $56.21 $116,920





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 480 0.34 6.80 $62.07 $129,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 290 0.15 3.05 $48.53 $100,950
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.31 6.30 $41.47 $86,250
Oklahoma City, OK 200 0.33 6.74 $47.91 $99,650
Pittsburgh, PA 190 0.16 3.31 $42.33 $88,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 180 0.09 1.91 $43.77 $91,040
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.49 9.94 (8) (8)
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.15 2.95 $59.58 $123,930
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.20 4.14 $40.87 $85,020
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 2.03 (8) (8)




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)
Beckley, WV 50 1.05 21.18 $39.69 $82,550
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.82 16.64 $60.06 $124,930
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.49 9.94 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 50 0.48 9.69 $41.91 $87,180
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.46 9.35 $44.58 $92,720
Reno, NV 80 0.38 7.75 $46.86 $97,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 480 0.34 6.80 $62.07 $129,100
Oklahoma City, OK 200 0.33 6.74 $47.91 $99,650
Salt Lake City, UT 210 0.31 6.30 $41.47 $86,250
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 6.03 $62.67 $130,350




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)
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 6.03 $62.67 $130,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 480 0.34 6.80 $62.07 $129,100
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.82 16.64 $60.06 $124,930
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.15 2.95 $59.58 $123,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 80 0.02 0.38 $56.38 $117,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $56.18 $116,860
Wheeling, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $52.62 $109,450
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.81 $52.52 $109,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.82 $49.70 $103,370
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $49.05 $102,020

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 250 5.89 119.27 $43.98 $91,490
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 26.28 $45.18 $93,970
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.69 13.86 $39.55 $82,260
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.81 16.30 $40.58 $84,400
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 23.31 $44.95 $93,500

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 250 5.89 119.27 $43.98 $91,490
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 26.28 $45.18 $93,970
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.22 24.71 $43.24 $89,940
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 23.31 $44.95 $93,500
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 17.44 $43.01 $89,470

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 0.76 15.43 $51.16 $106,420
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 5.68 $49.24 $102,430
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $48.68 $101,260
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 26.28 $45.18 $93,970
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.15 23.31 $44.95 $93,500


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017