Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
4,680 5.8 % $32.31 $67,200 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.36 $24.23 $30.86 $38.92 $47.64
Annual Wage (2) $40,270 $50,390 $64,180 $80,950 $99,090

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 890 $29.37 $61,090
Coal mining 760 $30.70 $63,850
Metal ore mining 560 $32.49 $67,570
Oil and gas extraction 450 $40.76 $84,790
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 380 $30.83 $64,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and gas extraction 450 $40.76 $84,790
Scientific research and development services 100 $37.91 $78,850
Management of companies and enterprises 140 $35.68 $74,210
Federal government (OES designation) 200 $34.76 $72,300
Lessors of real estate 40 $32.93 $68,480

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
Wyoming 170 $29.55 $61,460 0.071%
West Virginia 210 $26.34 $54,790 0.031%
Alaska 80 $38.61 $80,310 0.028%
New Mexico 170 $30.63 $63,710 0.023%
Montana 80 $29.96 $62,310 0.020%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Oklahoma 150 $40.91 $85,080 0.011%
Alaska 80 $38.61 $80,310 0.028%
Louisiana 120 $36.98 $76,920 0.006%
Texas 330 $35.87 $74,610 0.004%
Florida 60 $35.55 $73,950 0.001%

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
Tulsa, OK MSA 80 $51.97 $108,100 0.022%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 50 $32.03 $66,630 0.022%
Spokane, WA MSA 30 $31.78 $66,110 0.016%
Pittsburgh, PA MSA 140 $32.33 $67,240 0.013%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 90 $35.59 $74,030 0.012%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tulsa, OK MSA 80 $51.97 $108,100 0.022%
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX PMSA 50 $40.01 $83,230 0.007%
Salt Lake City-Ogden, UT MSA 50 $35.78 $74,430 0.007%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 90 $35.59 $74,030 0.012%
Houston, TX PMSA 140 $35.51 $73,850 0.007%

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

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.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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