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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

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)
35,720 2.8 % $ 23.97 $ 49,850 1.1 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.44 $ 18.17 $ 22.47 $ 28.29 $ 35.73
Annual Wage (2) $ 34,180 $ 37,790 $ 46,740 $ 58,840 $ 74,320


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

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 12,940 13.55 $ 21.99 $ 45,730
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 5,570 0.78 $ 24.12 $ 50,180
Coal Mining 3,110 8.48 $ 26.32 $ 54,740
Utility System Construction 2,740 0.51 $ 25.98 $ 54,040
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,140 0.60 $ 22.69 $ 47,190

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 12,940 13.55 $ 21.99 $ 45,730
Coal Mining 3,110 8.48 $ 26.32 $ 54,740
Metal Ore Mining 860 2.10 $ 25.42 $ 52,880
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 5,570 0.78 $ 24.12 $ 50,180
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,140 0.60 $ 22.69 $ 47,190

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 120 0.03 $ 39.17 $ 81,460
Death Care Services 80 0.06 $ 34.50 $ 71,760
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 210 0.13 $ 30.51 $ 63,460
Employment Services 440 0.01 $ 30.27 $ 62,970
Oil and Gas Extraction 50 0.05 $ 29.66 $ 61,700


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

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.



Map of employment of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by state, May 2021


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 6,150 0.50 1.98 $ 20.27 $ 42,170
Pennsylvania 2,780 0.50 1.97 $ 21.53 $ 44,790
California 2,040 0.12 0.49 $ 34.05 $ 70,830
Florida 1,890 0.22 0.87 $ 21.91 $ 45,570
Virginia 1,520 0.40 1.60 $ 22.34 $ 46,470


Map of location quotient of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by state, May 2021


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 450 1.72 6.79 $ 34.34 $ 71,420
Vermont 300 1.06 4.19 $ 22.29 $ 46,360
Utah 1,420 0.91 3.60 $ 22.21 $ 46,210
North Dakota 340 0.86 3.41 $ 29.28 $ 60,900
South Dakota 220 0.53 2.10 $ 21.73 $ 45,200


Map of annual mean wages of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by state, May 2021


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)
Connecticut 140 0.09 0.36 $ 36.13 $ 75,140
Wyoming 450 1.72 6.79 $ 34.34 $ 71,420
California 2,040 0.12 0.49 $ 34.05 $ 70,830
Alaska 120 0.39 1.54 $ 33.24 $ 69,140
New Jersey 530 0.14 0.54 $ 32.36 $ 67,300



Map of employment of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by area, May 2021


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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,340 0.46 1.83 $ 21.31 $ 44,320
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,290 0.36 1.42 $ 21.41 $ 44,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 720 0.08 0.33 $ 35.59 $ 74,030
Austin-Round Rock, TX 710 0.66 2.60 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 650 0.65 2.56 $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 560 0.22 0.86 $ 22.09 $ 45,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 560 0.19 0.75 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Salt Lake City, UT 480 0.64 2.53 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Pittsburgh, PA 470 0.46 1.80 $ 22.59 $ 46,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 470 0.18 0.69 $ 26.10 $ 54,280


Map of location quotient of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by area, May 2021


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 150 1.94 7.66 $ 20.95 $ 43,570
Gettysburg, PA 50 1.54 6.06 $ 24.80 $ 51,570
Farmington, NM 60 1.37 5.40 $ 33.28 $ 69,220
Provo-Orem, UT 340 1.23 4.86 $ 22.19 $ 46,150
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.16 4.56 $ 21.91 $ 45,570
Waco, TX 130 1.13 4.46 $ 17.24 $ 35,860
Joplin, MO 80 1.02 4.01 $ 21.28 $ 44,260
Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA 60 1.00 3.94 $ 22.85 $ 47,530
Hot Springs, AR 40 0.97 3.84 $ 16.32 $ 33,950
Texarkana, TX-AR 50 0.96 3.78 $ 17.50 $ 36,400


Map of annual mean wages of excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining by area, May 2021


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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.09 0.36 $ 42.19 $ 87,740
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.09 0.36 $ 41.65 $ 86,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 240 0.11 0.43 $ 39.95 $ 83,090
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 200 0.20 0.78 $ 38.35 $ 79,760
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 310 0.16 0.64 $ 37.89 $ 78,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 280 0.05 0.19 $ 36.76 $ 76,460
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 720 0.08 0.33 $ 35.59 $ 74,030
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.11 0.43 $ 35.36 $ 73,540
Binghamton, NY 30 0.35 1.40 $ 34.75 $ 72,290
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 270 0.15 0.59 $ 33.52 $ 69,730

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)
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 470 4.15 16.35 $ 21.65 $ 45,030
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 390 2.82 11.13 $ 19.47 $ 40,500
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 380 3.94 15.55 $ 24.06 $ 50,050
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 380 2.10 8.27 $ 18.86 $ 39,240
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 4.20 16.56 $ 34.34 $ 71,420

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 340 4.20 16.56 $ 34.34 $ 71,420
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 470 4.15 16.35 $ 21.65 $ 45,030
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 380 3.94 15.55 $ 24.06 $ 50,050
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 390 2.82 11.13 $ 19.47 $ 40,500
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 250 2.58 10.16 $ 21.02 $ 43,730

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)
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.15 4.54 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 1.72 6.77 $ 34.62 $ 72,010
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 340 4.20 16.56 $ 34.34 $ 71,420
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 2.27 $ 33.02 $ 68,680
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.99 7.85 $ 32.29 $ 67,150


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.

(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