Posts by Jack Caldwell:

2011-12 US coal mine wages

Here from the CostMine report 2011 Survey Results, U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits are some wages earned by U.S. coal miners.

US metal and industrial metal mine salaries for 2011

There is no such thing as an average miner.  There is no such thing as an average salary.  Yet we can get some idea of how well mining people are paid by looking at the average salaries for 2011 on US metal mines recently published CostMine.

2011 wages for US metal and industrial mineral mines

There are conventionally 2,080 work hours in a year. Thus somebody earning a wage of $20 an hour gets the equivalent of a salary of about $42,000. Considering the mine manager makes about $100,000 to $150,000 a year, it is interesting to take a look at actual wages paid to miners in the United States in 2011.

Chile placer gold mining

Before coming to Santiago, I had thought of Chile as a place of copper mines. Today I learnt that gold was and is a major mined product of Chile.

EduMine, AMEC, and Me on Mine Tailings

It was almost six months ago that we met at the 2011 Tailings and Mine Waste Conference in Vancouver.  It is only six months until we meet at the 2012 conference in Colorado, and before that we have to write the papers. At the 2011 Vancouver conference, I chatted with Michael Davis.  Then he was [...]

US versus Australian mine manager salaries

Today Jennifer Leinhart of CostMine sent me these two volumes: 2011 Survey Results: U.S. Coal Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits 2011 Survey Results: U.S. Metal & Industrial Mineral Mine Salaries, Wages and Benefits In future blog postings, I will write more about the salary and wages listed in these volumes. 

Castro is certifiably mad; at least on mining

There are many reports on today’s new about a rant and rave by Fidel Castro on mining. Granted the old man is certifiably mad and that he runs a country supported by nickel mining and we can safely ignore all he says.

Why mining geologists deserve to earn $100K on graduating

I have not done this before; I have never repeated a comment as a new posting. I do this now, not because I have become lazy and dependent on others for opinions and perspective, but because I think this comment is worthy of individual exposure and repeat.

Mine Health & Safety as a Guide to Sound Investing

A radical thesis:  If I had a million dollars to invest in a single mine, I would go meet the mine's health and safety officer. If he impressed me, I would invest.  If he did not, I would get on the next plane and fly to the next mine on the list. 

Why invest in mining in Chile?

A very simple answer to the question: why invest in mining in Chile?  Mining is booming in Chile; they seem to have the right government; they have the resources; the climate is right for mines in the far north; and the big companies are all in play.