The top paid jobs in mining

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  • Monday, 11 February 2013 15:41
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Sure, there's long hours, hard work and weird shift patterns, but the mining industry is still delivering for those who want an occupation that delivers the big bucks.  Yahoo!7 recently published a list of high-paying mining jobs, so, we've decided to sift through it and provide you with a bit more information on the top five jobs in the industry that give you the most coin (based on the highest minimum salary).


A Federal Government youth employment website describes a Geophysicist as someone who studies “the structure and composition of zones below the surface of the earth by taking measurements using seismic, gravity, magnetic and electrical data collection methods.”  They often work in teams and travel to remote areas for plenty of field work – so, if you can handle that, you’ll be looking at a very comfy six figure salary - close to $200,000 a year.
Average Salary: $180,000 - $200,000

Chemical engineer/Metallurgist

If you’ve got a knack for extracting stuff, being a chemical engineer or a metallurgist could be your calling.  Their roles include researching, developing and implementing methods which allow metals to be extracted from their ores, as well as casting, alloying and heat treating.  The University Of Queensland has a Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Dual Major as part of their Bachelor of Engineering and Science program.  Finish that in five years, and salaries for a graduate positions start at around $100,000.
Average Salary: $160,000 - $180,000 (graduates start around $100,000)

Resource Geologist

A resource geologist’s main responsibility is to analyse key ore deposits for future mining operations.  Hence, they are pivotal to an organisation’s chances of uncovering the latest and most promising mining hotspots, and where to stock up on valuable resources.
Average Salary: $150,000 - $180,000

Civil Engineer

If you have a knack for designing, creating and testing gigantic new projects and structures, Civil Engineering is right down your alley.   Civil Engineers don’t just specialise in mining either – according to Engineers Australia, they are “concerned with all types of structures including dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings,” and they’re responsible for designing and managing a range of our supplies and transport networks as well.  And, if you rise up the ranks to be a Project Manager, you can expect to earn close to a quarter of a million dollars per annum.
Average Salary: $100,000-$250,000

Mechanical Engineer

Do you like getting your hands dirty and building new machines and devices?  That’s exactly what Mechanical Engineers get up to, and with so much earth to be moved, obviously they are in demand in the mining sector.  MyFuture writes that they “plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery”, as well as “conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency.”
Average Salary: $100,000 - $250,000


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