The median annual wage for mining and geological engineers was $94,040 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $54,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $180,600.
In May 2015, the median annual wages for mining and geological engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Oil and gas extraction
Support activities for mining
Metal ore mining
Most mining and geological engineers work full time, and more than 2 in 5 worked more than 40 hours a week in 2014. The remoteness of some of the locations gives rise to variable schedules and weeks during which they work more than usual.
Mining and Geological Engineers
Median annual wages, May 2015
Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics