Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-5042 Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,750 7.1 % $22.38 $46,540 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.73 $17.83 $23.05 $26.74 $29.01
Annual Wage (2) $28,570 $37,090 $47,950 $55,620 $60,330


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,610 2.98 $24.06 $50,050
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,220 2.42 $18.17 $37,790
Metal Ore Mining 1,120 2.63 $26.65 $55,440
Support Activities for Mining 200 0.05 $22.31 $46,400

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,610 2.98 $24.06 $50,050
Metal Ore Mining 1,120 2.63 $26.65 $55,440
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,220 2.42 $18.17 $37,790
Support Activities for Mining 200 0.05 $22.31 $46,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,120 2.63 $26.65 $55,440
Coal Mining 2,610 2.98 $24.06 $50,050
Support Activities for Mining 200 0.05 $22.31 $46,400
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,220 2.42 $18.17 $37,790
Employment Services (8) (8) $17.30 $35,980


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 760 0.14 2.62 $22.54 $46,880
Utah 670 0.56 10.72 $25.19 $52,400
Illinois 620 0.11 2.13 $23.57 $49,030
West Virginia 550 0.77 14.92 $24.03 $49,990
Nevada 480 0.42 8.19 $27.32 $56,820




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 550 0.77 14.92 $24.03 $49,990
Utah 670 0.56 10.72 $25.19 $52,400
New Mexico 350 0.46 8.83 $22.14 $46,050
Nevada 480 0.42 8.19 $27.32 $56,820
Wyoming 100 0.36 6.92 $27.75 $57,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 80 0.19 3.64 $35.09 $72,980
Wyoming 100 0.36 6.92 $27.75 $57,730
Nevada 480 0.42 8.19 $27.32 $56,820
Colorado 330 0.15 2.87 $26.22 $54,530
Minnesota 50 0.02 0.39 $25.89 $53,860





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.15 2.90 $17.23 $35,840
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.08 1.56 $22.17 $46,120




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.15 2.90 $17.23 $35,840
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.08 1.56 $22.17 $46,120




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 40 0.08 1.56 $22.17 $46,120
Pittsburgh, PA 170 0.15 2.90 $17.23 $35,840
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $13.84 $28,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 480 8.50 164.00 $27.32 $56,820
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.75 33.67 $27.67 $57,560
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 280 1.92 36.96 $21.18 $44,060
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.66 32.07 $24.48 $50,920
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.57 30.30 $27.75 $57,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 480 8.50 164.00 $27.32 $56,820
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.93 37.28 $24.96 $51,920
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 280 1.92 36.96 $21.18 $44,060
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.75 33.67 $27.67 $57,560
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.66 32.07 $24.48 $50,920

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 100 1.57 30.30 $27.75 $57,730
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 290 1.75 33.67 $27.67 $57,560
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 480 8.50 164.00 $27.32 $56,820
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.93 37.28 $24.96 $51,920
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.66 32.07 $24.48 $50,920


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013