Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
8,200 4.5 % $48.54 $100,970 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.38 $32.43 $43.34 $57.49 $76.45
Annual Wage (2) $52,780 $67,450 $90,160 $119,580 $159,010


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 2,260 0.17 $42.38 $88,140
Metal Ore Mining 1,320 2.89 $42.74 $88,910
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $65.02 $135,250
Coal Mining 850 1.16 $41.46 $86,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 850 0.44 $62.13 $129,220

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 1,320 2.89 $42.74 $88,910
Coal Mining 850 1.16 $41.46 $86,240
Oil and Gas Extraction 850 0.44 $62.13 $129,220
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 360 0.39 $40.45 $84,130
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $65.02 $135,250

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing (8) (8) $84.74 $176,250
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $65.02 $135,250
Oil and Gas Extraction 850 0.44 $62.13 $129,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises 430 0.02 $58.24 $121,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 290 0.02 $53.93 $112,170


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 890 0.08 1.31 $68.93 $143,370
Colorado 640 0.27 4.48 $61.12 $127,130
Oklahoma 640 0.40 6.67 $52.21 $108,590
Arizona 560 0.22 3.68 $39.56 $82,290
California 560 0.04 0.61 $53.66 $111,620



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 0.66 10.94 $42.70 $88,830
Alaska 200 0.63 10.39 $60.02 $124,850
West Virginia 330 0.46 7.59 $37.17 $77,310
Nevada 520 0.44 7.27 $43.56 $90,610
Oklahoma 640 0.40 6.67 $52.21 $108,590



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 890 0.08 1.31 $68.93 $143,370
Colorado 640 0.27 4.48 $61.12 $127,130
Alaska 200 0.63 10.39 $60.02 $124,850
California 560 0.04 0.61 $53.66 $111,620
Oklahoma 640 0.40 6.67 $52.21 $108,590




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 670 0.24 3.88 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 440 0.33 5.48 (8) (8)
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.58 9.56 $49.33 $102,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.14 2.24 $44.19 $91,910
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.15 2.51 $43.39 $90,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 0.63 (8) (8)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 140 0.16 2.71 $52.78 $109,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 140 0.07 1.24 $41.85 $87,040
Tucson, AZ 140 0.38 6.30 $38.15 $79,350
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.18 2.92 $44.67 $92,910



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)
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.61 10.06 $28.24 $58,730
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.58 9.56 $49.33 $102,600
Charleston, WV 70 0.50 8.25 $34.29 $71,310
Anchorage, AK 90 0.49 8.01 $66.84 $139,030
Morgantown, WV 30 0.48 7.99 $29.86 $62,100
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.39 6.49 $39.45 $82,060
Tucson, AZ 140 0.38 6.30 $38.15 $79,350
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.37 6.12 $52.75 $109,730
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 440 0.33 5.48 (8) (8)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 80 0.27 4.40 (8) (8)



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 90 0.49 8.01 $66.84 $139,030
Tulsa, OK 70 0.16 2.57 $55.40 $115,230
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 140 0.16 2.71 $52.78 $109,780
Tuscaloosa, AL 30 0.37 6.12 $52.75 $109,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.04 0.62 $49.68 $103,330
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.58 9.56 $49.33 $102,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.55 $49.28 $102,500
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 30 0.04 0.60 $48.98 $101,890
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 50 0.03 0.51 $47.13 $98,030
Reno-Sparks, NV 50 0.25 4.12 $46.19 $96,070

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 330 5.90 97.33 $45.42 $94,480
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 200 3.43 56.49 $39.39 $81,940
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 1.34 22.15 $38.89 $80,900
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.46 24.03 $44.28 $92,100
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 3.48 57.41 $34.22 $71,180

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 330 5.90 97.33 $45.42 $94,480
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 3.48 57.41 $34.22 $71,180
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 200 3.43 56.49 $39.39 $81,940
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.61 26.49 $43.64 $90,770
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.46 24.03 $44.28 $92,100

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 10.53 $47.81 $99,440
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 16.01 $46.42 $96,550
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.50 8.27 $45.45 $94,530
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 330 5.90 97.33 $45.42 $94,480
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 40 0.69 11.45 $44.84 $93,260


About May 2014 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 mean 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015