Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
6,630 4.4 % $43.30 $90,070 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.34 $31.21 $40.53 $51.52 $65.77
Annual Wage (2) $50,620 $64,910 $84,300 $107,160 $136,800


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 1,950 0.15 $41.04 $85,360
Metal Ore Mining 970 2.55 $41.21 $85,720
Coal Mining 790 0.95 $41.78 $86,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises 550 0.03 $43.59 $90,670
State Government (OES Designation) 460 0.02 $40.61 $84,470

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 970 2.55 $41.21 $85,720
Coal Mining 790 0.95 $41.78 $86,900
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 360 0.40 $35.36 $73,540
Oil and Gas Extraction 350 0.21 $59.91 $124,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,950 0.15 $41.04 $85,360

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 160 0.14 $74.59 $155,140
Oil and Gas Extraction 350 0.21 $59.91 $124,600
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.03 $45.83 $95,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises 550 0.03 $43.59 $90,670
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 150 0.01 $41.96 $87,280


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)
California 660 0.05 0.91 $52.93 $110,100
Texas 630 0.06 1.18 $59.01 $122,740
Colorado 550 0.25 4.92 $46.35 $96,410
Pennsylvania 430 0.08 1.49 $35.41 $73,640
West Virginia 410 0.59 11.34 $37.24 $77,470




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 230 0.83 15.98 $42.67 $88,750
West Virginia 410 0.59 11.34 $37.24 $77,470
Alaska 120 0.37 7.22 $49.75 $103,480
Nevada 370 0.33 6.35 $42.17 $87,710
Colorado 550 0.25 4.92 $46.35 $96,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 630 0.06 1.18 $59.01 $122,740
Louisiana 140 0.08 1.52 $55.68 $115,810
California 660 0.05 0.91 $52.93 $110,100
Oklahoma 150 0.10 1.88 $52.25 $108,680
Alaska 120 0.37 7.22 $49.75 $103,480





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 350 0.14 2.66 $65.60 $136,440
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.26 5.03 $48.33 $100,520
Tucson, AZ 190 0.55 10.62 $41.78 $86,910
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.22 4.28 $64.32 $133,780
Charleston, WV 130 0.89 17.32 $37.36 $77,720
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 1.63 $42.86 $89,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.75 $49.42 $102,790
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 60 0.13 2.60 $38.49 $80,060
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 60 0.24 4.63 $54.85 $114,080
Lexington-Fayette, KY 60 0.24 4.66 $35.07 $72,940




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)
Charleston, WV 130 0.89 17.32 $37.36 $77,720
Rapid City, SD 40 0.69 13.40 $39.83 $82,840
Johnstown, PA 30 0.61 11.72 $34.74 $72,260
Tucson, AZ 190 0.55 10.62 $41.78 $86,910
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.26 5.03 $48.33 $100,520
Lexington-Fayette, KY 60 0.24 4.66 $35.07 $72,940
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 60 0.24 4.63 $54.85 $114,080
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.22 4.28 $64.32 $133,780
Mobile, AL 40 0.21 4.10 $35.87 $74,600
Anchorage, AK 30 0.21 3.98 $51.73 $107,600




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 350 0.14 2.66 $65.60 $136,440
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 180 0.22 4.28 $64.32 $133,780
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 50 0.10 2.00 $55.15 $114,710
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 60 0.24 4.63 $54.85 $114,080
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.13 $53.56 $111,400
Anchorage, AK 30 0.21 3.98 $51.73 $107,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.04 0.75 $49.42 $102,790
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.26 5.03 $48.33 $100,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $47.14 $98,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $44.66 $92,900

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 310 5.68 109.96 $42.53 $88,460
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.04 20.06 $41.83 $87,000
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 19.62 $37.84 $78,700
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.64 12.35 $36.86 $76,680
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.07 40.16 $40.58 $84,420

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 310 5.68 109.96 $42.53 $88,460
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 2.07 40.16 $40.58 $84,420
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.48 28.58 $35.31 $73,450
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 90 1.43 27.60 $35.46 $73,760
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.24 24.01 $40.62 $84,490

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 7.14 $57.73 $120,080
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.25 $89,960
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.72 13.97 $42.83 $89,080
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 310 5.68 109.96 $42.53 $88,460
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.04 20.06 $41.83 $87,000


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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