Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-5042 Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,630 7.0 % $21.41 $44,530 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.48 $16.74 $21.61 $25.35 $28.44
Annual Wage (2) $28,050 $34,820 $44,950 $52,720 $59,150


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,790 3.51 $22.66 $47,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,170 2.39 $18.37 $38,210
Metal Ore Mining 1,110 3.26 $25.54 $53,130
Support Activities for Mining 170 0.06 $24.36 $50,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 2,790 3.51 $22.66 $47,130
Metal Ore Mining 1,110 3.26 $25.54 $53,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,170 2.39 $18.37 $38,210
Support Activities for Mining 170 0.06 $24.36 $50,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,110 3.26 $25.54 $53,130
Support Activities for Mining 170 0.06 $24.36 $50,660
Coal Mining 2,790 3.51 $22.66 $47,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 2,170 2.39 $18.37 $38,210


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,130 1.64 31.39 $21.94 $45,630
Nevada 630 0.57 10.89 $26.42 $54,940
Alabama 480 0.26 5.06 $16.35 $34,000
Pennsylvania 420 0.08 1.48 $20.24 $42,100
Virginia 400 0.11 2.15 $19.99 $41,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 1,130 1.64 31.39 $21.94 $45,630
Wyoming 160 0.58 11.08 $24.58 $51,130
Nevada 630 0.57 10.89 $26.42 $54,940
Montana 160 0.39 7.38 $27.34 $56,870
New Mexico 270 0.35 6.73 $21.15 $44,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 160 0.39 7.38 $27.34 $56,870
Nevada 630 0.57 10.89 $26.42 $54,940
Colorado 230 0.11 2.05 $24.81 $51,610
Wyoming 160 0.58 11.08 $24.58 $51,130
Utah 260 0.23 4.35 $24.14 $50,220

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 360 0.76 14.60 $15.88 $33,020
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.09 1.67 $20.43 $42,500




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 360 0.76 14.60 $15.88 $33,020
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.09 1.67 $20.43 $42,500




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.15 $46,080
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.09 1.67 $20.43 $42,500
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 360 0.76 14.60 $15.88 $33,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 630 12.44 238.41 $26.42 $54,940
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 560 4.36 83.50 $21.46 $44,640
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.61 30.80 $22.08 $45,930
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.79 15.18 $24.89 $51,770
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.24 23.72 $27.50 $57,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 630 12.44 238.41 $26.42 $54,940
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 560 4.36 83.50 $21.46 $44,640
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.97 37.71 $22.55 $46,900
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.61 30.80 $22.08 $45,930
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 26.33 $26.67 $55,470

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.16 $60,640
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.24 23.72 $27.50 $57,190
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 1.37 26.33 $26.67 $55,470
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 630 12.44 238.41 $26.42 $54,940
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.64 12.28 $26.30 $54,700


About May 2010 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 mean 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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