The uses of minerals in society - Mine Engineer.Com
The mining industry in the US directly employs over 140,000 people, with annual salaries ranging from $30,000 to +$100,000 per year. The average miner makes $49,000/year. (MSHA 2001) In industries supporting the mining industry, another 160,000 people are employed in the US. Every American uses over 47,000 pounds of mined products each year.