Placer Miner

Mine precious metals from sand and gravel.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Placer Miners do?

Mines precious metals from sand and gravel by placer method: Constructs inclined trough with riffles or cleats at bottom. Shovels ore-bearing sand or gravel into stream of water running through sluice box and observes operation to ensure that loose metals are being caught behind riffles. Removes obstructions and repairs leaks. Diverts flow of water and scoops out accumulated metals. May use high-pressure water system to wash sand and gravel into sluices and be designated Nozzle Worker; Placer Miner, Hydraulic.


Should I be a Placer Miner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Placer Miner, Hydraulic

    How to become a Placer Miner

    Most Placer Miners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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