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Mining and Geological Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of mining and geological engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mining and geological engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mining and geological engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Mining and Geological Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,700
25th Percentile Wage
$71,190
50th Percentile Wage
$94,240
75th Percentile Wage
$127,120
90th Percentile Wage
$160,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mining and geological engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mining and geological engineers is $160,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $94,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,700. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 193% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mining and geological engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$94,240
0.55% 10.53%
2016
$93,720
-0.34% -
2015
$94,040
4.13% -
2014
$90,160
3.65% -
2013
$86,870
2.94% -
2012
$84,320
- -

Table 2. Mining and Geological Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mining and geological engineers in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mining and geological engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $102,590. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $48,940).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$102,590
Federal, State, and Local Government
$97,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$95,670
Mining
$94,450
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$87,980
Construction
$82,680
Utilities
$82,570
Manufacturing
$48,940

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Mining and Geological Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only mining and geological engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of mining and geological engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $56,400 to $132,020. The highest paying state for mining and geological engineers is California with a median annual salary of $132,020. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $56,400. For more salary information of mining and geological engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$132,020
Texas
$129,740
New Mexico
$129,620
Alaska
$114,880
Oklahoma
$99,250
Colorado
$98,180
Minnesota
$95,550
Washington
$94,340
Montana
$93,820
Illinois
$91,870
Wyoming
$89,960
Nevada
$89,470
North Dakota
$89,240
Alabama
$87,770
Florida
$87,560
Kentucky
$87,510
Massachusetts
$84,610
Pennsylvania
$84,210
Tennessee
$84,160
Mississippi
$83,180
Utah
$82,340
Louisiana
$81,810
North Carolina
$81,730
New York
$80,840
Michigan
$79,970
Ohio
$79,390
Arizona
$79,040
Kansas
$76,860
Georgia
$75,570
Missouri
$74,050
Nebraska
$69,480
Idaho
$69,240
Virginia
$68,670
West Virginia
$65,850
Indiana
$62,450
Arkansas
$56,400



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