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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

47-5044 Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining

Operate underground loading or moving machine to load or move coal, ore, or rock using shuttle or mine car or conveyors. Equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.


National estimates for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Industry profile for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Geographic profile for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining

National estimates for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
4,450 4.2 % $ 27.56 $ 57,330 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.27 $ 22.62 $ 27.84 $ 29.34 $ 36.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,000 $ 47,060 $ 57,900 $ 61,030 $ 76,390


Industry profile for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,920 7.94 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 560 0.59 $ 22.04 $ 45,830
Metal Ore Mining 550 1.34 $ 27.59 $ 57,380
Support Activities for Mining 140 0.07 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 70 0.02 $ 19.64 $ 40,860

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,920 7.94 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Metal Ore Mining 550 1.34 $ 27.59 $ 57,380
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 560 0.59 $ 22.04 $ 45,830
Support Activities for Mining 140 0.07 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $ 40.88 $ 85,030

Top paying industries for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $ 40.88 $ 85,030
Coal Mining 2,920 7.94 $ 29.00 $ 60,330
Metal Ore Mining 550 1.34 $ 27.59 $ 57,380
Support Activities for Mining 140 0.07 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 560 0.59 $ 22.04 $ 45,830


Geographic profile for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

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



Map of employment of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 690 1.05 33.10 $ 29.62 $ 61,600
Kentucky 290 0.16 4.95 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Oklahoma 180 0.12 3.68 $ 20.51 $ 42,660
Virginia 120 0.03 1.05 $ 26.65 $ 55,420
Colorado 120 0.04 1.42 $ 32.73 $ 68,080


Map of location quotient of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 690 1.05 33.10 $ 29.62 $ 61,600
Wyoming 50 0.20 6.21 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Kentucky 290 0.16 4.95 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Oklahoma 180 0.12 3.68 $ 20.51 $ 42,660
Iowa 80 0.05 1.65 $ 21.72 $ 45,180


Map of annual mean wages of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 50 0.20 6.21 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
California 60 0.00 0.12 $ 34.57 $ 71,900
Colorado 120 0.04 1.42 $ 32.73 $ 68,080
West Virginia 690 1.05 33.10 $ 29.62 $ 61,600
Pennsylvania (8) (8) (8) $ 29.54 $ 61,430



Map of employment of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 130 2.26 71.51 $ 33.31 $ 69,280


Map of location quotient of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 130 2.26 71.51 $ 33.31 $ 69,280


Map of annual mean wages of loading and moving machine operators, underground mining by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wheeling, WV-OH 130 2.26 71.51 $ 33.31 $ 69,280
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $ 30.84 $ 64,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.25 39.67 $ 27.96 $ 58,160
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.95 30.06 $ 22.09 $ 45,950
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 32.42 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 16.43 $ 33.70 $ 70,090
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 17.21 $ 40.64 $ 84,530

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.25 39.67 $ 27.96 $ 58,160
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 32.42 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.95 30.06 $ 22.09 $ 45,950
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 17.21 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 16.43 $ 33.70 $ 70,090

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.54 17.21 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 16.43 $ 33.70 $ 70,090
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.25 39.67 $ 27.96 $ 58,160
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 32.42 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Nevada nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.63 $ 53,310


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022