U.S. Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits Report

Stay competitive by comparing your wages, benefits, and bonuses to those of other mining companies

Costmine has been surveying US mining companies for their wage and benefits since 1983, expanding to include salary data in 1986. Our report includes data from precious, base and ferrous, industrial mineral, aggregate, and coal mining operations across the United States.

This comprehensive report provides valuable information on compensation practices throughout the mining industry in the U.S. It contains mining salaries, wages, and benefits from 106 precious, base and ferrous metal, industrial mineral, aggregate, and 44 coal mines across 39 states.

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  • Salary summaries for personnel at 108 mines, including titles such as General Manager, Mine Manager, Mine Engineer, Mine Geologist, Mine Superintendent, Maintenance Superintendent, Mill/Plant Foreman, Purchasing Agent.
  • Wage scales listed by job title for hourly workers at 150 mines, including titles such as Blaster, Driller, Electrician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Laborer, Mechanic.
  • Executive compensation for over 300 U.S. and Canadian mining companies traded on U.S. Stock Exchange.
  • Workers’ compensation and unemployment tax rate summaries for mining in all 50 states.
  • Benefit plan profiles for each mine.
  • Incentive bonus plan descriptions for many new and innovative plans reported by the mines.
  • Statistical tables for comparing salaries, wages and benefits among union and non-union mines, eastern and western US mines, surface and underground mines, metal and industrial mineral mines and small and large mines.

The mines included in these reports cover a broad range of size and types. All of the mines are identified by state or regions, size, number of employees, and whether union or non-union. Mine names are not included. In past years U.S. coal mines and U.S. metal and industrial mineral mines were in separate reports.

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