Mining machine operators

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2019 Workforce
52.2k
Average Age
39.8
Average Salary
$66,298
Average Male Salary
$67,103
Average Female Salary
$24,624

About

Mining machine operators are most often employed by the Coal mining industry. The average yearly wage for Mining machine operators was $66,298 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Mining machine operators by wage are Fire inspectors, Web developers, and Procurement clerks.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Mining machine operators are Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, Acadia & Vermilion Parishes PUMA, LA, and Jackson, Williamson, Franklin & Perry Counties PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Mining machine operators are Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, Acadia & Vermilion Parishes PUMA, LA, and Campbell, Goshen, Platte, Johnson, Washakie, Weston, Crook & Niobrara Counties PUMA, WY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Mining machine operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Coal mining is the industry that employs the most Mining machine operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Mining machine operators, by average wage, is Metal ore mining. Mining machine operators are paid most in South & Southeast Illinois PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Rural Nevada PUMA, NV.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$66,298
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,546

In 2019, Mining machine operators earned an average of $66,298, $10,774 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Fire inspectors make somewhat more than Mining machine operators while Web developers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Mining machine operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

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WAGE GINI

In 2015, Mining machine operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.296, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Mining machine operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Mining machine operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Mining machine operators, by number of employees, are Coal mining, Support activities for mining, and Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying.

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Industries by Share

52.2k
2019 Workforce
± 5,606
11.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14%

The number of people employed as Mining machine operators has been growing at a rate of 11.8%, from 46,640 people in 2018 to 52,162 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Mining machine operators employed by various industries. Coal mining employs the largest share of Mining machine operators at  33.3%, followed by Support activities for mining with 23.7% and Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying with 16.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Mining machine operators in the US. The average age of male Mining machine operators in the workforce is 39.8 and of female Mining machine operators is 39.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Mining machine operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

51.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,553
989
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 772

98.1% of Mining machine operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Mining machine operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Mining machine operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

77.4% of Mining machine operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.2% of Mining machine operators, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Mining machine operators.

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Age by Gender

39.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.25
39.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 9.27

The median age of Mining machine operators is 39.8, and Male employees are generally 0.0504 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Mining machine operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Mining machine operators is Engineering but a relatively high number of Mining machine operators hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

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