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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
14,740 3.9 % $ 27.61 $ 57,430 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.30 $ 22.78 $ 28.99 $ 29.66 $ 37.53
Annual Wage (2) $ 38,050 $ 47,370 $ 60,300 $ 61,690 $ 78,060


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 6,880 16.84 $ 28.80 $ 59,900
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,470 3.64 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Coal Mining 3,360 9.14 $ 28.27 $ 58,810
Support Activities for Mining 470 0.22 $ 24.49 $ 50,940
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 220 0.06 $ 24.59 $ 51,140

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 6,880 16.84 $ 28.80 $ 59,900
Coal Mining 3,360 9.14 $ 28.27 $ 58,810
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,470 3.64 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Support Activities for Mining 470 0.22 $ 24.49 $ 50,940
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 220 0.06 $ 24.59 $ 51,140

Top paying industries for Continuous Mining Machine Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 6,880 16.84 $ 28.80 $ 59,900
Coal Mining 3,360 9.14 $ 28.27 $ 58,810
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,470 3.64 $ 25.56 $ 53,160
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 220 0.06 $ 24.59 $ 51,140
Support Activities for Mining 470 0.22 $ 24.49 $ 50,940


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.



Map of employment of continuous mining machine operators by state, May 2021


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 3,540 2.74 26.22 $ 28.81 $ 59,920
Arizona 1,150 0.40 3.81 $ 24.30 $ 50,540
West Virginia 810 1.23 11.79 $ 30.18 $ 62,770
Illinois 700 0.12 1.19 $ 24.72 $ 51,410
California 630 0.04 0.36 $ 29.83 $ 62,040


Map of location quotient of continuous mining machine operators by state, May 2021


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 3,540 2.74 26.22 $ 28.81 $ 59,920
West Virginia 810 1.23 11.79 $ 30.18 $ 62,770
Wyoming 240 0.93 8.86 $ 41.65 $ 86,630
Idaho 360 0.48 4.58 $ 29.06 $ 60,440
Arizona 1,150 0.40 3.81 $ 24.30 $ 50,540


Map of annual mean wages of continuous mining machine operators by state, May 2021


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 240 0.93 8.86 $ 41.65 $ 86,630
Minnesota 130 0.05 0.46 $ 34.38 $ 71,510
New Mexico 250 0.32 3.09 $ 31.25 $ 65,010
Colorado 460 0.18 1.68 $ 30.37 $ 63,160
West Virginia 810 1.23 11.79 $ 30.18 $ 62,770



Map of employment of continuous mining machine operators by area, May 2021


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)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 210 0.43 4.11 $ 22.64 $ 47,080
Wheeling, WV-OH 150 2.61 24.94 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.14 1.36 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.45 4.26 $ 29.66 $ 61,700
Tuscaloosa, AL 110 1.10 10.55 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 100 0.10 0.97 $ 23.45 $ 48,780
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.31 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.04 0.38 $ 26.35 $ 54,800
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.29 2.80 $ 34.04 $ 70,810


Map of location quotient of continuous mining machine operators by area, May 2021


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 150 2.61 24.94 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Tuscaloosa, AL 110 1.10 10.55 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.45 4.26 $ 29.66 $ 61,700
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 210 0.43 4.11 $ 22.64 $ 47,080
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.29 2.80 $ 34.04 $ 70,810
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.14 1.36 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 100 0.10 0.97 $ 23.45 $ 48,780
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.04 0.38 $ 26.35 $ 54,800
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.31 $ 22.30 $ 46,390


Map of annual mean wages of continuous mining machine operators by area, May 2021


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)
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.29 2.80 $ 34.04 $ 70,810
Wheeling, WV-OH 150 2.61 24.94 $ 32.65 $ 67,910
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.45 4.26 $ 29.66 $ 61,700
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 40 0.04 0.38 $ 26.35 $ 54,800
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $ 25.18 $ 52,380
Pittsburgh, PA 150 0.14 1.36 $ 24.96 $ 51,910
Tuscaloosa, AL 110 1.10 10.55 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 100 0.10 0.97 $ 23.45 $ 48,780
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 210 0.43 4.11 $ 22.64 $ 47,080
St. Louis, MO-IL 40 0.03 0.31 $ 22.30 $ 46,390

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 3,520 36.36 347.41 $ 28.81 $ 59,920
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 550 8.74 83.47 $ 34.75 $ 72,270
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.96 28.29 $ 23.46 $ 48,790
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 2.93 28.01 $ 24.43 $ 50,810
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 3.68 35.16 $ 29.69 $ 61,750

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 3,520 36.36 347.41 $ 28.81 $ 59,920
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 550 8.74 83.47 $ 34.75 $ 72,270
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 250 3.68 35.16 $ 29.69 $ 61,750
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 340 2.96 28.29 $ 23.46 $ 48,790
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 2.93 28.01 $ 24.43 $ 50,810

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 170 1.78 16.98 $ 43.94 $ 91,390
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 550 8.74 83.47 $ 34.75 $ 72,270
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 2.12 20.21 $ 33.86 $ 70,420
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 1.55 14.77 $ 32.93 $ 68,500
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 0.93 8.91 $ 30.80 $ 64,070


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