Mining machine operators

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Total Workforce

46.6k

Average Age

40.6

Average Salary

$66,103

Average Male Salary

$66,208

Average Female Salary

$63,164

About

Mining machine operators are most often employed by the Coal mining industry. The average yearly wage for Mining machine operators was $66,103 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Mining machine operators by wage are Registered nurses, Boilermakers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Mining machine operators are Minot City PUMA, ND, Rural Nevada PUMA, NV, and Kentucky River Area Development District PUMA, KY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Mining machine operators are Kentucky River Area Development District PUMA, KY, Logan, Mingo, Wyoming & McDowell Counties PUMA, WV, and Cumberland Valley Area Development District (South) PUMA, KY.

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 Oil & gas extraction. Mining machine operators are paid most in South & Southeast Illinois PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Kentucky River Area Development District PUMA, KY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$66,103

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,576

In 2018, Mining machine operators earned an average of $66,103, $12,215 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Postsecondary teachers make somewhat more than Mining machine operators while Registered nurses 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

0.221

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Mining machine operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.221, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Mining machine operators.

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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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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Mining machine operators, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Oil & gas extraction, Metal ore mining, Coal mining, Support activities for mining, and Metal ore mining.

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Industries by Share

46.6k

2018 Workforce

± 5,301

-10.9%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 17.5%

The number of people employed as Mining machine operators has been declining at a rate of -10.9%, from 52,336 people in 2017 to 46,640 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Mining machine operators employed by various industries. Coal mining employs the largest share of Mining machine operators at  40.6%, followed by Support activities for mining with 27% and Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying with 14.2%.

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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 40.6 and of female Mining machine operators is 39.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Mining machine operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

45k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,209

1.61k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 985

96.5% 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. Other (Hispanic)

75% of Mining machine operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% 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

40.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.35

39.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 7.3

The median age of Mining machine operators is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 0.937 years older 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

MOST COMMON MAJORS

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