Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
7,990 4.4 % $46.61 $96,950 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.23 $31.31 $41.76 $54.76 $71.67
Annual Wage (2) $50,390 $65,130 $86,870 $113,900 $149,070


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 2,140 0.16 $40.50 $84,250
Metal Ore Mining 1,300 2.88 $40.54 $84,320
Coal Mining 810 1.01 $41.86 $87,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 720 0.38 $59.38 $123,510
Support Activities for Mining 720 0.18 $61.68 $128,290

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 1,300 2.88 $40.54 $84,320
Coal Mining 810 1.01 $41.86 $87,070
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 370 0.41 $37.71 $78,440
Oil and Gas Extraction 720 0.38 $59.38 $123,510
Support Activities for Mining 720 0.18 $61.68 $128,290

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 130 0.12 $98.45 $204,770
Support Activities for Mining 720 0.18 $61.68 $128,290
Oil and Gas Extraction 720 0.38 $59.38 $123,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises 560 0.03 $53.01 $110,260
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 330 0.03 $48.36 $100,590


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 910 0.08 1.39 $67.82 $141,060
Oklahoma 600 0.38 6.39 $53.13 $110,510
California 600 0.04 0.67 $50.97 $106,010
Colorado 580 0.25 4.20 $54.84 $114,070
Nevada 550 0.48 7.97 $40.76 $84,790




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 0.72 11.97 $44.80 $93,190
West Virginia 350 0.49 8.15 $38.15 $79,350
Nevada 550 0.48 7.97 $40.76 $84,790
Alaska 160 0.48 8.04 $59.90 $124,600
Oklahoma 600 0.38 6.39 $53.13 $110,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 910 0.08 1.39 $67.82 $141,060
Alaska 160 0.48 8.04 $59.90 $124,600
Colorado 580 0.25 4.20 $54.84 $114,070
Oklahoma 600 0.38 6.39 $53.13 $110,510
Louisiana 210 0.11 1.82 $51.55 $107,220





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 730 0.27 4.41 $71.10 $147,880
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.59 9.72 $49.38 $102,700
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 310 0.24 3.96 (8) (8)
St. Louis, MO-IL 160 0.13 2.09 $40.45 $84,140
Tucson, AZ 140 0.40 6.67 $38.18 $79,410
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 140 0.16 2.74 $36.91 $76,780
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 2.67 $52.51 $109,220
Tulsa, OK 100 0.24 4.00 $57.65 $119,910
Colorado Springs, CO 100 0.40 6.68 $33.56 $69,790
Charleston, WV 90 0.65 10.79 $36.41 $75,730




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)
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.88 14.65 $56.05 $116,580
Johnstown, PA 40 0.66 10.97 $37.51 $78,010
Charleston, WV 90 0.65 10.79 $36.41 $75,730
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.59 9.72 $49.38 $102,700
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.47 7.76 $48.99 $101,890
Tucson, AZ 140 0.40 6.67 $38.18 $79,410
Colorado Springs, CO 100 0.40 6.68 $33.56 $69,790
Anchorage, AK 70 0.37 6.21 $64.89 $134,970
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 730 0.27 4.41 $71.10 $147,880
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.25 4.10 $40.80 $84,870




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 730 0.27 4.41 $71.10 $147,880
Anchorage, AK 70 0.37 6.21 $64.89 $134,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.79 $58.34 $121,350
Tulsa, OK 100 0.24 4.00 $57.65 $119,910
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 50 0.17 2.89 $56.95 $118,450
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.88 14.65 $56.05 $116,580
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 60 0.12 1.91 $54.78 $113,950
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 2.67 $52.51 $109,220
Oklahoma City, OK 350 0.59 9.72 $49.38 $102,700
Tuscaloosa, AL 40 0.47 7.76 $48.99 $101,890

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 370 6.49 107.75 $43.16 $89,770
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 18.67 $40.35 $83,930
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 1.21 20.17 (8) (8)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 11.20 (8) (8)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 3.35 55.71 $33.12 $68,900

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 370 6.49 107.75 $43.16 $89,770
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 3.35 55.71 $33.12 $68,900
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.79 29.73 $44.15 $91,830
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 1.21 20.17 (8) (8)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 18.67 $40.35 $83,930

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 8.79 $63.57 $132,230
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.79 29.73 $44.15 $91,830
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.63 10.52 $43.89 $91,300
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 370 6.49 107.75 $43.16 $89,770
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 7.10 $42.16 $87,700


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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