In the mid-fifties, gold cost $35 an ounce. My father, a mine captain, earned a hundred and fifty pounds a month. I cannot be sure of the exchange rate. Vaguely I recall that a pound was about two dollars. So let us say he earned about ten ounces of gold a month or about one hundred ounces of gold a year.
With gold at about $1,700 an ounce these days, a hundred-ounce-a-year salary is about $170,000. How many miners these days earn that sum? Truth is not many from what I can see. You have to be pretty senior to earn that salary–but then my father was relatively senior.
These gold-price to salary comparisons are prompted by a fun article in Commodity HQ at this link. Surprising how little an ounce of gold buys these days. I know that I spend the equivalent of an ounce of gold each month on books, CDs, DVDs, and other indulgences, vices, and diversions. What gold-percent of your income goes on pure pleasure?
Which makes me wonder if mining salaries and the price of gold have advanced in lock-step with the price of gold — or have salaries fallen behind? Is there a correlation? I have done no research for this posting. I leave that to those with a greater eye for the detail of the price of gold. And I would appreciate your take on the correlation of the gold price and mining salaries.