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Highest Paying Industries for Mining and Geological Engineers

The top 24 highest paying industries for mining and geological engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $174,470, petroleum and coal products manufacturing is the highest paying industry for mining and geological engineers. It is followed by oil and gas extraction industry (average annual salary $115,860). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of mining and geological engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 24 Highest Paying Industries for Mining and Geological Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$174,470
n/a
2 Oil and Gas Extraction
$115,860
850
3 Administrative and Support Services
$112,270
70
4 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$111,550
70
5 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$106,770
290
6 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$106,420
430
7 Support Activities for Mining
$103,590
880
8 Mining
$92,300
4,270
9 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$89,460
460
10 State government, including schools and hospitals
$89,450
470
11 Federal government, including USPS
$88,040
120
12 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$88,040
120
13 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$86,510
620
14 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$86,510
620
15 Federal, State, and Local Government
$86,510
620
16 Metal Ore Mining
$85,530
1,320
17 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$84,220
2,530
18 Coal Mining
$83,390
850
19 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,240
2,610
20 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$79,580
360
21 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$79,160
2,260
22 Engineering Services
$78,560
1,990
23 Testing Laboratories
$71,930
120
24 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,970
30
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