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Mining and Geological Engineers Pay Salary

The median annual wage of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers, was $82,870 in May 2010. 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 $48,950, and the top 10 percent earned more than $129,700.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of these engineers in May 2010 were as follows:

Oil and gas extraction$98,430
Architectural, engineering, and related services83,090
Metal ore mining81,790
Coal mining78,170
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying75,750

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition