Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
8,000 6.1 % $51.87 $107,880 3.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.05 $33.55 $45.21 $61.54 $86.83
Annual Wage (2) $54,180 $69,780 $94,040 $128,010 $180,600


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 2,160 0.15 $43.76 $91,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,110 0.57 $71.31 $148,330
Metal Ore Mining 1,100 2.53 $44.40 $92,350
Coal Mining 950 1.37 $44.34 $92,220
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $71.88 $149,520

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 1,100 2.53 $44.40 $92,350
Coal Mining 950 1.37 $44.34 $92,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,110 0.57 $71.31 $148,330
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 290 0.32 $39.14 $81,410
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $71.88 $149,520

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 880 0.21 $71.88 $149,520
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,110 0.57 $71.31 $148,330
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 280 0.02 $57.53 $119,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises 370 0.02 $57.27 $119,120
State Government (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $45.42 $94,470


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 1,080 0.09 1.61 $78.92 $164,160
Colorado 590 0.24 4.15 $61.92 $128,790
California 560 0.04 0.62 $57.76 $120,140
Oklahoma 550 0.35 5.96 $53.13 $110,520
Nevada 480 0.39 6.74 $43.89 $91,290




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 200 0.70 12.14 $43.53 $90,540
Alaska 200 0.61 10.47 $56.07 $116,620
West Virginia 390 0.55 9.50 $42.07 $87,510
Nevada 480 0.39 6.74 $43.89 $91,290
Oklahoma 550 0.35 5.96 $53.13 $110,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,080 0.09 1.61 $78.92 $164,160
Colorado 590 0.24 4.15 $61.92 $128,790
California 560 0.04 0.62 $57.76 $120,140
Alaska 200 0.61 10.47 $56.07 $116,620
Oklahoma 550 0.35 5.96 $53.13 $110,520





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 700 0.24 4.10 (8) (8)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 460 0.34 5.79 $66.54 $138,410
Oklahoma City, OK 330 0.54 9.25 $49.00 $101,920
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.13 2.26 $46.05 $95,780
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.18 3.08 $42.12 $87,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 160 0.08 1.42 $44.01 $91,540
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.15 2.51 $56.81 $118,170
Salt Lake City, UT 120 0.18 3.03 $45.10 $93,810
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 120 0.12 2.04 (8) (8)
Tucson, AZ 100 0.28 4.82 $40.06 $83,320




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)
Beckley, WV 80 1.74 29.93 $39.21 $81,560
Charleston, WV 70 0.63 10.86 $38.36 $79,780
Oklahoma City, OK 330 0.54 9.25 $49.00 $101,920
Anchorage, AK 90 0.49 8.52 $61.52 $127,960
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.44 7.54 $44.00 $91,520
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.39 6.70 $50.93 $105,940
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 460 0.34 5.79 $66.54 $138,410
Reno, NV 70 0.32 5.57 $45.73 $95,130
Tucson, AZ 100 0.28 4.82 $40.06 $83,320
Bakersfield, CA 70 0.25 4.37 $71.30 $148,310




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)
Bakersfield, CA 70 0.25 4.37 $71.30 $148,310
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 460 0.34 5.79 $66.54 $138,410
Anchorage, AK 90 0.49 8.52 $61.52 $127,960
Tulsa, OK 50 0.10 1.80 $60.93 $126,740
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.15 2.51 $56.81 $118,170
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX (8) (8) (8) $52.35 $108,890
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.39 6.70 $50.93 $105,940
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.71 $50.70 $105,460
Wheeling, WV-OH (8) (8) (8) $50.12 $104,250
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 40 0.03 0.49 $49.02 $101,970

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 6.20 106.81 $45.79 $95,240
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 1.57 27.14 (8) (8)
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 130 1.42 24.45 $44.01 $91,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.19 20.48 $42.93 $89,290
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.59 27.43 $43.50 $90,490

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 6.20 106.81 $45.79 $95,240
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.59 27.43 $43.50 $90,490
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 170 1.57 27.14 (8) (8)
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 130 1.42 24.45 $44.01 $91,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.19 20.48 $42.93 $89,290

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.87 14.92 $50.75 $105,560
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.96 16.54 $46.24 $96,180
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 260 6.20 106.81 $45.79 $95,240
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 5.92 $45.18 $93,980
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 130 1.42 24.45 $44.01 $91,550


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016