Mine Engineer

Mining Engineers have for the last few years, been snatched up, with many of them being made multiple lucrative offers before they have even stepped out of university. The reality is that the vast majority of Mining Engineers have, when graduating, been in a position where they could pick and choose, so far as employment opportunities go.

With the recent downturn in mining, how Mining Engineers globally are going to be affected, only time will tell. Other professionals in mining are already starting to feel the pinch, including Geoscientists. It appears from recent reports coming out of Australia as well as other regions that Geoscientists are starting to suffer job losses. How badly Mining Engineers will be affected is hard to predict, but due to the fact that there has been such a shortage of skills in recent years, hopefully Mining Engineers will not be affected too badly.

What can you expect to earn as a Mining Engineer, depending on where you are working, based on BASE pay i.e. before benefits

According to the preliminary results of our salary survey, Mining Engineers in Canada with 1 – 5 years’ experience are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $70,000, a median of $77,000 and on the 75%ile $90,000. In the USA, Mining Engineers at the same level, are earning on the 25%ile $68,000, a median of $74,000 and on the 75%ile $80,000. In Australia, Mining Engineers with the same experience are earning a base pay of $105,000 on the 25%ile, a median of $120,000 and on the 75%ile $135,000.

Mining Engineers in Canada, with 6 – 10 years’ experience, are earning a base pay on the 25%ile of $75,000, a median of $87,000 and the 75%ile $102,000. In the USA, Mining Engineers at the same level are earning on the 25%ile a base pay of $73,000, a median of $75,000 and on the 75%ile $91,000. In Australia, Mining Engineers at the same level are earning a base pay at the 25%ile of $114,000, a median of $125,000 and on the 75%ile $150,000.

Mining Engineers in Canada, with 11 – 15 years’ experience, are earning a base pay of $92,000 on the 25%ile, a median of $110,000 and on the 75%ile $140,000. In the USA at the same level, Mining Engineers on the 25%ile are earning $82,000, a median of $100,000 and on the 75%ile $132,000. In Australia, Mining Engineers with the same years’ experience are earning a base pay at the 25%ile of $137,000, a median of $170,000 and on the 75%ile, $203,000.

What you can expect to earn as a Mining Engineer depending on where you are working, based on GROSS pay i.e. after bonus, benefits etc.

I thought it may be interesting to have a look at how salaries compare for Mining Engineers when you take their benefits into consideration, i.e. to look at their gross salaries, and to get some idea as to how the benefits are affecting the salaries of Mining Engineers.

According to the preliminary results of our salary survey, Mining Engineers in Canada, with 1 – 5 years’ experience, are when looking at their gross salary (i.e. including benefits) earning on the 25%ile $76,000, a median of $90,000 and on the 75%ile $106,000. In the USA, Mining Engineers at the same level are earning a gross of on the 25%ile of $76,000, a median of $84,000 and on the 75%ile $93,000. In Australia, Mining Engineers with the same amount of experience on the 25%ile are earning $116,000, a median of $130,000 and on the 75%ile $143,000.

Mining Engineers in Canada, with 6 – 10 years’ experience, are, when looking at gross, earning on the 25%ile $96,000, a median of $105,000 and on the 75%ile $116,000. In the USA Mining Engineers with the same amount of experience are earning a gross, on the 25%ile of $79,000, a median of $92,000 and on the 75%ile $110,000. In Australia, at the same level, Mining Engineers would be earning on the 25%ile, $121,000, a median of $138,000 and on the 75%ile $169,000.

Mining Engineers in Canada with 11 – 15 years’ experience, are, when looking at gross, earning on the 25%ile $110,000, a median of $125,000 and on the 75%ile $166,000. In the USA, Mining Engineers with the same experience, are earning on the 25%ile $83,000, a median of $111,000 and on the 75%ile $138,000. In Australia, Mining Engineers at the same level are earning on the 25%ile, $153,000, a median of $185,000 and on the 75%ile $216,000.

2 Responses to “Based on location, what you can expect to earn as a Mining Engineer”

  1. Jairo usma

    Susan : I will be completed with a Masters in mining engineering in May. I have an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering; and I my work expirience encompasses me being a project estimator/engineer for 8 years in the construction industry. I have no exprience in the mining industry and I wanted to get some advice…what do you think my salary starting will be (range) and do you think with the mining crunch how difficult will it be for me to secure a job out of graduation ?

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