how much do you make working at a mine?

How Much Do You Make Working at a Mine?

In 2022, Costmine surveyed 128 mines in 34 U.S. states, representing over 26,000 employees and uncovered that the job with the highest hourly earning potential is an underground driller.

Of the 128 mines who responded to the survey, 51 industrial minerals, 54 metal mines, and 15 coal mines increased wages by an average of 3.9%, ranging from 1.5% to 20.0%, in the 12 months preceding the survey. Fifteen of the industrial mineral mines and 2 of the metal mines showed no change in wages. None of the mines decreased wages in the last 12 months. 

Eighty-four mines offered their employees the opportunity to increase wages through incentive bonus plans. One mine reported offering big game hunting privileges to employees and family as a benefit, while another offered pet insurance. Details of these bonus plans and other benefits are presented in Costmine’s full report.


Costmine has been surveying US mining companies for their wage and benefits since 1983. The report includes:

  • Managerial salary summaries
  • Wage scales by job title for hourly workers
  • Executive compensation
  • Benefit plan profiles
  • Incentive bonus plan descriptions
  • Workers compensation & unemployment tax rates

$2,700 USD

Online Access, 2022 Edition

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