Salary for Mining and Geological Engineers (including Mining Safety Engineers)

Also known as:  Geophysical Engineer, Mineral Engineer, Mining Engineer, Seismic Engineer

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Mining and geological engineers work to establish productive mines that are safe and cost-effective. They may choose appropriate sites and extraction methods to minimize environmental impact while allowing for maximum profit. These professionals use knowledge of the specific ore deposits and characteristics to determine the safest methods of extraction. Once a mine is up and running, these professionals may conduct inspections to determine the safety of working conditions, equipment, and practices. A strong background in geology or a related field is required for this profession, and most mining engineers have Master's or Bachelor's degrees.

A Mining or Geological Engineer will most likely earn wages that can range from 64000 to 96000 depending on seniority. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers will usually earn an average wage of Eighty Seven Thousand Four Hundred dollars on a yearly basis.

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers can obtain the highest salaries in California, where they receive average pay scales of about $97760. People who work inside these careers make the most money in Manufacturing, where they can receive pay of $91560.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.20 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Mining and Geological Engineers (including Mining Safety Engineers) tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $91,560
Manufacturing $88,960
Public Administration $87,350
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $87,030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $86,760
Utilities $83,600
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Utilities $83,600
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $86,760
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $87,030
Public Administration $87,350
Manufacturing $88,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises $91,560
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