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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-5041 Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.


National estimates for Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Industry profile for Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Geographic profile for Continuous Mining Machine Operators

National estimates for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
14,990 4.6 % $ 28.05 $ 58,340 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.69 $ 22.21 $ 27.37 $ 33.57 $ 38.52
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,870 $ 46,190 $ 56,920 $ 69,830 $ 80,110


Industry profile for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 5,700 14.06 $ 29.22 $ 60,780
Coal Mining 4,600 10.64 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,710 3.77 $ 25.03 $ 52,060
Support Activities for Mining 600 0.22 $ 35.40 $ 73,640
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 180 0.04 $ 23.69 $ 49,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 5,700 14.06 $ 29.22 $ 60,780
Coal Mining 4,600 10.64 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,710 3.77 $ 25.03 $ 52,060
Support Activities for Mining 600 0.22 $ 35.40 $ 73,640
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 180 0.04 $ 23.69 $ 49,280

Top paying industries for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 600 0.22 $ 35.40 $ 73,640
Metal Ore Mining 5,700 14.06 $ 29.22 $ 60,780
Coal Mining 4,600 10.64 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,710 3.77 $ 25.03 $ 52,060
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 180 0.04 $ 23.69 $ 49,280


Geographic profile for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

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





States with the highest employment level in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 2,730 2.18 20.25 $ 31.63 $ 65,800
Utah 1,420 0.95 8.85 $ 30.20 $ 62,810
Arizona 1,400 0.49 4.58 $ 24.03 $ 49,980
Pennsylvania 1,000 0.18 1.69 $ 25.64 $ 53,330
Kentucky 910 0.51 4.76 $ 29.64 $ 61,660




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 2,730 2.18 20.25 $ 31.63 $ 65,800
West Virginia 850 1.31 12.17 $ 27.18 $ 56,530
Wyoming 300 1.13 10.47 $ 40.48 $ 84,210
Utah 1,420 0.95 8.85 $ 30.20 $ 62,810
Idaho 420 0.59 5.47 $ 27.99 $ 58,210




Top paying states for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 300 1.13 10.47 $ 40.48 $ 84,210
Montana (8) (8) (8) $ 36.55 $ 76,020
Minnesota 150 0.06 0.53 $ 33.09 $ 68,830
Tennessee 110 0.04 0.34 $ 32.90 $ 68,430
Nevada 2,730 2.18 20.25 $ 31.63 $ 65,800





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salt Lake City, UT 1,080 1.50 13.88 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 450 0.21 1.99 $ 24.56 $ 51,070
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.31 2.89 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Tuscaloosa, AL 220 2.15 20.00 $ 25.68 $ 53,400
Wheeling, WV-OH 170 2.94 27.33 $ 30.84 $ 64,140
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.31 2.90 $ 22.31 $ 46,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 30 0.03 0.30 $ 50.56 $ 105,170




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 170 2.94 27.33 $ 30.84 $ 64,140
Tuscaloosa, AL 220 2.15 20.00 $ 25.68 $ 53,400
Salt Lake City, UT 1,080 1.50 13.88 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.31 2.90 $ 22.31 $ 46,410
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.31 2.89 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 450 0.21 1.99 $ 24.56 $ 51,070
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 30 0.03 0.30 $ 50.56 $ 105,170




Top paying metropolitan areas for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 30 0.03 0.30 $ 50.56 $ 105,170
Wheeling, WV-OH 170 2.94 27.33 $ 30.84 $ 64,140
Salt Lake City, UT 1,080 1.50 13.88 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Pittsburgh, PA 330 0.31 2.89 $ 26.74 $ 55,620
Tuscaloosa, AL 220 2.15 20.00 $ 25.68 $ 53,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 450 0.21 1.99 $ 24.56 $ 51,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 23.32 $ 48,510
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 22.95 $ 47,740
Bakersfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 22.36 $ 46,500
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 160 0.31 2.90 $ 22.31 $ 46,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 2,700 29.30 271.99 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 580 6.43 59.71 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 5.16 47.90 $ 27.39 $ 56,980
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.88 26.75 $ 25.25 $ 52,530
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 260 3.06 28.39 $ 31.58 $ 65,690

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 2,700 29.30 271.99 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 580 6.43 59.71 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 360 5.16 47.90 $ 27.39 $ 56,980
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.00 46.40 $ 32.85 $ 68,320
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 260 3.06 28.39 $ 31.58 $ 65,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 41.76 $ 86,850
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 34.41 $ 71,570
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 250 5.00 46.40 $ 32.85 $ 68,320
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.16 10.74 $ 32.46 $ 67,520
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 2,700 29.30 271.99 $ 31.66 $ 65,850


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