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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-5022 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

Operate or tend machinery at surface mining site, equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to excavate and load loose materials.


National estimates for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining
Industry profile for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining
Geographic profile for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

National estimates for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
40,240 3.0 % $ 23.32 $ 48,500 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.22 $ 17.61 $ 21.70 $ 27.32 $ 34.06
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,660 $ 36,630 $ 45,150 $ 56,820 $ 70,840


Industry profile for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 8,900 9.03 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 7,850 1.13 $ 22.22 $ 46,220
Utility System Construction 4,550 0.82 $ 24.77 $ 51,510
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,520 0.98 $ 21.95 $ 45,650
Coal Mining 2,760 6.40 $ 29.05 $ 60,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 8,900 9.03 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
Coal Mining 2,760 6.40 $ 29.05 $ 60,420
Metal Ore Mining 1,150 2.84 $ 25.66 $ 53,370
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 7,850 1.13 $ 22.22 $ 46,220
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 3,520 0.98 $ 21.95 $ 45,650

Top paying industries for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 280 0.07 $ 34.41 $ 71,580
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.04 $ 32.83 $ 68,290
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 250 0.03 $ 30.38 $ 63,200
Nonresidential Building Construction 670 0.08 $ 30.21 $ 62,830
Coal Mining 2,760 6.40 $ 29.05 $ 60,420


Geographic profile for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,130 0.59 2.04 $ 20.27 $ 42,170
Florida 2,400 0.28 0.98 $ 19.83 $ 41,250
California 2,290 0.14 0.48 $ 30.06 $ 62,520
Pennsylvania 1,650 0.30 1.04 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
Georgia 1,460 0.34 1.18 $ 18.95 $ 39,410




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 560 2.14 7.40 $ 33.44 $ 69,550
West Virginia 690 1.06 3.65 $ 28.01 $ 58,260
South Dakota 360 0.87 3.01 $ 20.43 $ 42,490
Montana 370 0.81 2.78 $ 25.30 $ 52,630
Utah 1,050 0.70 2.43 $ 21.73 $ 45,200




Top paying states for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 110 0.36 1.23 $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Wyoming 560 2.14 7.40 $ 33.44 $ 69,550
North Dakota 170 0.43 1.50 $ 33.00 $ 68,650
New York 1,210 0.14 0.48 $ 32.54 $ 67,670
Nevada 300 0.24 0.84 $ 30.67 $ 63,790





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,740 0.48 1.67 $ 21.64 $ 45,010
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,680 0.56 1.95 $ 20.13 $ 41,870
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,400 0.16 0.55 $ 36.20 $ 75,290
Austin-Round Rock, TX 910 0.86 2.97 $ 21.06 $ 43,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 890 0.34 1.17 $ 18.75 $ 39,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 840 0.32 1.12 $ 23.29 $ 48,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 700 0.23 0.80 $ 23.16 $ 48,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 620 0.11 0.37 $ 27.67 $ 57,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 600 0.24 0.83 $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 410 0.34 1.18 $ 20.54 $ 42,730




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. George, UT 170 2.42 8.35 $ 21.10 $ 43,880
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.70 5.88 $ 18.55 $ 38,580
Joplin, MO 130 1.64 5.69 $ 21.12 $ 43,920
Fond du Lac, WI 70 1.57 5.41 $ 29.18 $ 60,700
Hot Springs, AR 40 1.09 3.77 $ 15.23 $ 31,680
Albany, OR 40 1.02 3.54 $ 23.51 $ 48,900
Ithaca, NY 40 0.97 3.35 $ 21.63 $ 45,000
Provo-Orem, UT 240 0.96 3.30 $ 21.74 $ 45,220
Rapid City, SD 60 0.93 3.23 $ 17.24 $ 35,870
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.90 3.11 $ 32.47 $ 67,550




Top paying metropolitan areas for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 51.01 $ 106,100
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 40.79 $ 84,840
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 130 0.12 0.40 $ 37.67 $ 78,360
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $ 37.05 $ 77,060
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,400 0.16 0.55 $ 36.20 $ 75,290
Fresno, CA 50 0.12 0.43 $ 34.35 $ 71,450
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 0.24 $ 34.11 $ 70,950
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 30 0.26 0.89 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Tulsa, OK (8) (8) (8) $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.90 3.11 $ 32.47 $ 67,550

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 470 2.42 8.36 $ 22.39 $ 46,560
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 400 4.79 16.55 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 310 1.16 4.01 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 310 2.70 9.32 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 300 1.57 5.43 $ 18.89 $ 39,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 400 4.79 16.55 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 280 4.22 14.60 $ 19.15 $ 39,840
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 3.24 11.19 $ 28.53 $ 59,330
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 310 2.70 9.32 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 2.68 9.27 $ 24.85 $ 51,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 400 4.79 16.55 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 1.73 5.98 $ 33.05 $ 68,750
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.46 $ 30.21 $ 62,830
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 310 2.70 9.32 $ 29.98 $ 62,350
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 1.32 4.55 $ 29.69 $ 61,750


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021