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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 in the Mining industry grew over the 20 years to November 2023.

    The number of workers grew by 10,200 (or 3.5%) over the last year.



    Metal Ore Mining is the largest sector in the Mining industry, employing 130,600 workers.



    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

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2022, four-quarter average data, customised report.
    ANZSCO CodeOccupation title
    7122Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers
    3232Metal Fitters and Machinists
    3129Other Building and Engineering Technicians
    7331Truck Drivers
    1335Production Managers
    2336Mining Engineers
    3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
    2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists
    1323Human Resource Managers


    Useful links

    Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification

    The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) provides a basis for the standardised collection, analysis and dissemination of economic data on an industry basis for Australia and New Zealand. ANZSIC is a hierarchical industry classification with four levels - divisions (the broadest level), subdivisions, groups and classes (the finest level).

    There are 19 division level industries which provide a broad picture of the economy and is most suitable for the publication of summary tables in official statistics.

    The subdivision, group and class levels provide increasingly detailed dissections of these categories for the compilation of more specific and detailed statistics. The sector data is at the group level.

    For more information on the ANZSIC visit the ABS website.

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