Industry Sector

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Total Companies


Est. Employment



This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in developing the mine site, mining, and/or beneficiating (i.e., preparing) ores valued chiefly for their gold content. Establishments primarily engaged in transformation of the gold into bullion or dore bar in combination with mining activities are included in this industry.


NAICS Code 212221 - Gold Ore Mining is a final level code of the “Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction” Sector. There are 30 companies classified in this industry in the USA with an estimated employment of 12,978 people.

Industry Examples

Common types of examples within NAICS Code 212221 - Gold Ore Mining are:

  • Bullion, gold, produced at the mine
  • Calaverite mining and/or beneficiating
  • Gold lode mining and/or beneficiating
  • Gold ore mine site development for own account
  • Gold ore mining and/or beneficiating plants
  • Gold ores, concentrates, bullion, and/or precipitates mining and/or beneficiating
  • Gold placer mining and/or beneficiating
  • Lode gold mining and/or beneficiating
  • Placer gold mining and/or beneficiating
  • Sylvanite mining and/or beneficiating
  • Telluride (gold) mining and/or beneficiating


For some business types, there may be a similar industry to NAICS Code 212221 - Gold Ore Mining that is a better classification match. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing gold bullion or dore bar without mining are classified in NAICS Code - 331410 - Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Smelting and Refining..