Lead is not very abundant, its relative rates being smaller than those of other metals as the aluminum, iron, magnesium, titanium, nickel, etc.. However, it is more abundant than cobalt, tin, cadmium or gold.

The more important lead minerals are galena (PbS), anglesite (PbSO4) and cerussite (PbCO3), respectively with 86%, 68% and 77% of lead. Other minerals that contain lead are linarite, pyromorphite, mimetite, vanadinite, crocoisoite and wulfenite.

The main deposits of lead minerals are located in the USA, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Australia, Zambia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Serbia.