Pay Rates & Rosters

Potential Pay rates & Rosters based on current industry standards**

Entry level
Nipper, Service Crew, Paste Crew, Diamond Drill Offsider, Agi Operator and Truck Operator
Most people with in the industry talk about wages as a day rate
As a new starter you will start on a day rate of around $400 to $500, once you can be left alone it goes up to $500-$600 a day
Most companies have their experienced tuck drivers on between $500 and $600 a day
Depending on roster, those rates work out to $80,000 to $120,000 a year

If you type “underground” into seek you will see all the jobs come up. Due to the boom in metal prices, all employers have had no choice but to hire new starters. Teaching someone to drive the truck is easy part, teaching them enough about how the mine works. So they can be left alone to drive the truck on their own, that’s the hard part and why there is a high turnover of new starters. This means, if you can show the employer that you know how their mine works and what’s going to be expected of you working on their mine site, then you have something to offer them.

2nd Tier
Service Crew Leader (leading hand), Bogger Operator, Diamond Driller, Long hole Operator and Charge Up
The day rate for these job is $700 to $1000 a day or more depending on the company
Those rates work out to $140,000 to $220,000

3rd Tier
Jumbo Operator, Shift Supervisor and Foreman
The day rates for these jobs have a a wide range from $1000 to $2500 plus a day
Those rates work out to $180,000 to $350,000 plus

The lower amounts are usually owner operator pay rates and it should be noted that they often come with other benefits such as health insurance, salary sacrifice, share bonuses and life insurance. This would be on an 8 days on and 6 days off, 7 days on and 7 days off roster.

Conversly, the higher amounts are usually with contractors and would require a 2 weeks on and 1 week off roster.

Hours worked

As a mine worker you will be required to work 12 hour shifts.

The mine generally works these 12 hour shifts between 6am and 6pm or 7am and 7pm

Fly in Fly out

8 days on 6 days off; 7 nights on 7 days off

2 weeks on 2 weeks off

2 weeks on 1 week off

4 weeks on 1 week off; 5 weeks on 1 week off and 6 weeks on 1 week off

Live in work

4 days on 4 days off

8 days on 6 days off; 7 nights on 7 days off

4 days on/24hours off/ 3 nights on/ 3 days off/ 3days on/ 24 hours off/ 4 nights on/ 4 days off

For more information leave your contact details on our Enquiry Form page.

** Pay rates are only a guide and will vary from company to company, site to site.

I hope that info helps.


The Mining Coach