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CostMine Seeks Participants for 2014 US Mine Compensation Surveys

By Krista Noyes Salzer, August 18th, 2014 - PERMALINK

CostMine is conducting its 2014 US Metal and Industrial Mineral Mine Compensation Survey and the 2014 US Coal Mine Compensation Survey. All participants receive a free executive summary of the results and a substantial discount on the final report. There is no charge for participating. Our 2013 US Metal and Industrial Mineral Mine report included compensation practices at 118 mines in 30 states across the US. The Coal Mine Compensation report included 57 union and non-union coal mines in 18 states.

Here is your opportunity to keep abreast of the wages, benefits and bonuses other companies are offering their professionals.

To participate, contact Krista Noyes Salzer to request a survey form or call +1 (509) 328-8023 for more information.

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Canadian Geologist Salaries Continue to Increase

By Krista Noyes Salzer, August 18th, 2014 - PERMALINK

According to a new survey report just released by CostMine, geologists and mining engineers received salary increases of 1 to 5% over the last 12 months.  In the table below, the Senior Engineer shows a 1% drop in salary from 2013 to 2014.  However, the increase over the past 5 years has been significant, with someone in that position making 21% more today than 5 years ago.

Along with geologist, mining engineers and other professional staff, the report also provides detailed information on production workers at 39 precious, base and ferrous metal mines, 12 industrial mineral and diamond mines, and 17 fossil fuel mines.

Selected Benchmark Average Annual Base Salaries at Canadian Metal Mines 2010 – 2014

  Canada Metal Mines 2010 Salaries


19 mines

Canada Metal Mines 2011 Salaries


15 mines

Canada Metal Mines 2012 Salaries


31 mines

Canada Metal Mines  2013 Salaries


27 mines

Canada Metal Mines 2014 Salaries


31 mines

Senior Engineer 107,800 117,800 124,300 134,900 133,300
Mine Engineer 81,800 87,500 91,000 100,000 103,000
Senior Geologist 103,300 108,400 122,500 125,700 128,300
Mine Geologist 75,500 77,500 82,100 94,900 97,600
Sources: Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2010 Survey Results; Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2011 Survey Results; Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2012 Survey Results; Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2013 Survey Results; and Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2014 Survey Results.  For more information contact:, phone (509) 328-8023.


Complete Survey reports – including actual wage and salary scales, benefit plan profiles and bonus plans for Canadian mines, U.S. metal and industrial mineral mines, and U.S. coal mines can be purchased from CostMine.  Details are available here or by calling 1-509-238-8023.

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CostMine Canadian Mine Compensation Surveys Released

By Krista Noyes Salzer, July 17th, 2014 - PERMALINK

CostMine’s Canadian Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits Survey has been released and once again we see that mining companies have increased the wages they are paying their employees. Forty-five of the mines surveyed increased wages by an average of 2.9% in the 12 months preceding the survey, consistent with the previous year’s average of 3% increase, and the 5 year average of 3.1% increase.

In 2014, mines from 9 provinces and territories participated in the Canadian Mine Report. Included were wages and benefit information for 66 mines and salary information for 46 mines.

Survey reports, including actual wage and salary scales, benefit plan profiles, and bonus plans for many of the participating mines, can be purchased here or by calling +1 509-328-8023.

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International Compensation Guidelines for Mining Exploration - Now Available!

By Jennifer Leinart, May 6th, 2014 - PERMALINK

Geologist salaries in Australia/Asia and North America continue to outpace their counterparts in other regions of the world, according to a study by CostMine, InfoMine USA.  A total of 2,303 respondents, representing Exploration Managers, Geologists, and GIS professionals, from around the globe are included in this study.

Expatriate geologists with 6 – 20 years of experience, working in the Australia/Asia region, are reporting as much as 52% more than their counterparts in other regions, while an expatriate geologist with the same experience in North America is making 32% more than a geologist in other regions.  Nationals are also making more at 34% and 32% respectively.  Even an entry level geologist (less than 6 years’ experience) is more highly paid in those regions.  An entry level geologist in Australia/Asia is bringing home an average of US$69,700, compared to a geologist with the same experience in Africa at US$40,000.  The geologist commanding the highest salary is an expatriate geologist with more than 20 years’ experience, working in Africa, at an average salary of US$161,500.

In addition to salaries, the newly released International Compensation Guidelines for Mining Exploration report includes demographic information, short country profiles with pertinent labor information and a comparison of salaries from our previous surveys.   The complete survey report can be purchased from CostMine.  Details are available here or by calling +1 509 328-8023.

Source: International Compensation Guidelines for Mining Exploration – 2014 Survey Report.


Mining salary and compensation intelligence for employers and recruiters

By Gavin Kihn, March 7th, 2014 - PERMALINK

Picture3CareerMine, in conjunction with CostMine, presents three unique offerings for salary and compensation intelligence for companies and recruiters.

Salary Insight Reports

Concise insight reports of earnings in various regions and countries presented in easy to read graphs with comparisons of average, 25th percentile, median and 75th percentile data by years’ experience. Data is exclusively derived from our ongoing mining industry salary surveys and provided by employees working in the mining industry

Full Compensation Reports

Comprehensive labor compensation report with data and information provided by our research with mining companies, including information such as Salary Summaries, Wage Scales, Benefit Plan, Statistics Tables and more.

Custom Salary and Compensation Reports

Our team of experts can compile custom reports based on your requirements, using information from our salary surveys, databases of salary and compensation information and research and contributions by many leading mining companies.


Learn more


Mining's number 1 staffing solution

By Gavin Kihn, February 11th, 2014 - PERMALINK

Mine hiringCareerMine, the leading global mining job board for many years, is going from strength to strength in 2014. This year, make CareerMine your number one choice for all your global mining staffing solutions.

  • Over 60,000 mining candidates to search in our resume database
  • A variety of job posting options to attract top talent
  • Dynamic Employer Of Choice programs for maximum exposure and reach
  • Promote your company’s career opportunities and information for job seekers as to why they should work at your company, on our Global Mining Job Fair
  • Salary products and information
  • Banner advertising options – strategically position your brand in front of relevant jobseekers

With offices in 6 countries, we are switched on 24/7 to give you the best support. Visit CareerMine!

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Visit InfoMine's Booth 2100 at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting and Enter to Win!

By Jennifer Leinart, February 7th, 2014 - PERMALINK

Stop by our booth in Salt Lake City between February 23-26 and enter to win your choice of prizes!  We are offering select CostMine products, access to subscriptions on InfoMine OR free advertising.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Resume services for job seekers

By Gavin Kihn, December 5th, 2013 - PERMALINK

resume servicesCareerMine has launched a new product to assist job seekers with preparing a professional resume to aid them in their quest to find their next job or career move. Details of the services can be viewed here.


CareerMine launches new products to assist job seekers in finding their next job in mining

By Gavin Kihn, September 12th, 2013 - PERMALINK


CareerMine has launched two new products to assist job seekers find their next job in mining.

Be found and find your next job with a CareerMine JobMiner Plus package – 6 month Featured Resume on CareerMine, plus unlimited access to all jobs for a 6 month period. To find out more, please email us here.

Make sure your resume gets read – CareerMine now also offers resume writing services to job seekers to ensure you resume is professionally presented with all the right information. Contact us here to enquire

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Become an Employer of Choice on CareerMine

By Marcia Mendonca, May 29th, 2013 - PERMALINK


We have a range of packages for companies hiring in the mining industry, that can be tailored to meet specific needs. Below is an example of our Annual Tier 1 package:

  • Unlimited job postings on CareerMine
  • Your company logo on the CareerMine home page
  • This logo is a click through to a company splash page which also hosts all the current postings
  • Access to our resume database (a value of over $3000) – for unlimited company recruiters
  • A booth in our online job fair

We also can tailor packages just for job postings and resume database access. For more information, please contact us at

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