Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

17-2151 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

Determine the location and plan the extraction of coal, metallic ores, nonmetallic minerals, and building materials, such as stone and gravel. Work involves conducting preliminary surveys of deposits or undeveloped mines and planning their development; examining deposits or mines to determine whether they can be worked at a profit; making geological and topographical surveys; evolving methods of mining best suited to character, type, and size of deposits; and supervising mining operations.

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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)
4,730 6.6 % $31.78 $66,090 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.51 $23.57 $30.06 $37.67 $45.63
Annual Wage (2) $38,500 $49,030 $62,520 $78,360 $94,910

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 1,030 $26.94 $56,040 1 11
Coal mining 780 $29.94 $62,270 2 8
Metal ore mining 500 $31.26 $65,020 3 5
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 380 $30.72 $63,890 4 7
State government (OES designation) 340 $28.97 $60,260 5 10

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services 320 $45.78 $95,230 7 1
Oil and gas extraction 330 $40.05 $83,300 6 2
Federal government (OES designation) (6) $35.31 $73,440 (6) 3
Management of companies and enterprises 150 $34.48 $71,710 9 4
Metal ore mining 500 $31.26 $65,020 3 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 140 $28.31 $58,880 0.058% 41
West Virginia 230 $25.87 $53,820 0.034% 76
New Mexico 180 $30.91 $64,300 0.025% 52
Nevada 230 $31.92 $66,400 0.022% 56
Montana 60 $27.81 $57,840 0.015% 47

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 580 $40.20 $83,620 0.004% 54
Oklahoma 110 $39.96 $83,110 0.008% 19
Louisiana 120 $37.40 $77,800 0.006% 22
Idaho 40 $36.89 $76,740 0.007% 16
Texas 280 $34.82 $72,430 0.003% 50

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Johnstown, PA MSA 50 $29.42 $61,190 0.061%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 40 $33.73 $70,170 0.018%
Spokane, WA MSA 30 $35.05 $72,910 0.016%
Denver, CO PMSA 160 $34.44 $71,630 0.014%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 140 $32.06 $66,680 0.013%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 60 $39.24 $81,620 0.008%
Oakland, CA PMSA 70 $35.88 $74,620 0.007%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 30 $35.65 $74,160 0.003%
Oklahoma City, OK MSA 30 $35.48 $73,790 0.006%
Ventura, CA PMSA (6) $35.08 $72,970 (6)

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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