EMPLOYED

300,400

PART-TIME SHARE

6.0%

FEMALE SHARE

22.0%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,403

MEDIAN AGE

41

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

N/A

Mining is a small employing industry. Around 2.1% of workers have their main job in this industry.

Mining covers the exploration and extraction of minerals, oil and gas. Activities in the Mining industry include:

  • mining preparation work
  • underground or open cut mining
  • dredging
  • quarrying
  • well operations or evaporation pans.

Most jobs are in Western Australia and Queensland. Employment is mainly in regional or remote locations like Pilbara and Gladstone.

Median earnings are $2,403 per week, higher than all industries median earnings of $1,300.

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    Employment

    Employment in the Mining industry grew over the 20 years to May 2024.
    The number of workers fell by 1,500 (or 0.5%) over the last year.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: Over the COVID-19 pandemic period (highlighted section in the chart above), some industries have censored values, resulting in a broken series for impacted industries. This is due to large quarterly fluctuations in employment resulting in trend data being unreliable for these quarters. Where data are available over the COVID-19 pandemic period, JSA recommends caution when using these trend estimates.
    Quarterly employment, Mining Employment
    100300
    103200
    106300
    109500
    112700
    116000
    119300
    122600
    125900
    129100
    132300
    135600
    139000
    142500
    146200
    150000
    154100
    158200
    162600
    167100
    171900
    177000
    182500
    188300
    194500
    200900
    207500
    214200
    220800
    227100
    233100
    238400
    242900
    246400
    249000
    250600
    251200
    250900
    249800
    248000
    245600
    242900
    240000
    237200
    234700
    232600
    230800
    229700
    229100
    229200
    229900
    231100
    232900
    235200
    237800
    240800
    244100
    247400
    250800
    254200
    257500
    260800
    264200
    267600
    271100
    274600
    278200
    281700
    285200
    288500
    291600
    294400
    296700
    298700
    300200
    301300
    301900
    302100
    301900
    301300
    300400

    Sectors

    Metal Ore Mining is the largest sector in the Mining industry, employing 135,500 workers.

    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, Detailed, May 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) trend data.
    Note: the sum of sectoral employment may not equal the industry total as data are trended separately, and “not further defined” (nfd) classifications have been excluded.
    Employment by industry sectors Employment
    Metal Ore Mining 135500
    Other Mining Support Services 54000
    Coal Mining 49100
    Exploration 24400
    Oil and Gas Extraction 19800
    Other Non-Metallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 10200
    Construction Material Mining 5000

    Occupations

    Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers is the largest employing occupation in the Mining industry.

    The 10 largest employing occupations are shown below.

    Some occupations are common across a number of industries.

    Largest employing occupations

    Industry data

    This file contains data for all 19 industries to make comparing industry data easy. Information available includes:

    • industry overview
    • industry employment (20-year time series)
    • industry sector employment
    • top employing occupations by industry.

     

    Industry Data - May 2024.xlsx

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