Here above from a recent publication, 2013 Status of Recent Geosciences Graduates, from the American Geosciences Institute are salaries of recent geosciences graduates. Sorry the quality is poor. Please refer to the original report at the link provided. A flyer in my email notes this about the salaries of recent geoscience graduates:
Most bachelor’s graduates found jobs with an annual salary between $20,000 and $60,000. However, while the salary range for master’s and doctoral graduates varied widely depending on position, the majority of master’s graduates tended to find higher paying jobs compared to the doctoral graduates. Also, every graduate making an annual salary of more than $90,000 found their job in the petroleum industry.
Most found jobs in California, Texas, and Oklahoma. Those who found jobs in California will now work in environmental services, research institutes, and government agencies. Those who found jobs in Texas and Oklahoma joined the oil industry. Figures.
We wish them all luck. But wonder why none, that I can discern, joined the mining industry.