Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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 or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.


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)
13,640 6.1 % $24.49 $50,940 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.94 $20.47 $24.98 $28.60 $33.16
Annual Wage (2) $33,150 $42,570 $51,950 $59,490 $68,970


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 7,320 8.36 $25.48 $52,990
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,090 3.38 $20.49 $42,610
Metal Ore Mining 2,620 6.17 $26.89 $55,930
Support Activities for Mining 450 0.12 $23.03 $47,890

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 7,320 8.36 $25.48 $52,990
Metal Ore Mining 2,620 6.17 $26.89 $55,930
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,090 3.38 $20.49 $42,610
Support Activities for Mining 450 0.12 $23.03 $47,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 2,620 6.17 $26.89 $55,930
Coal Mining 7,320 8.36 $25.48 $52,990
Support Activities for Mining 450 0.12 $23.03 $47,890
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,090 3.38 $20.49 $42,610


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 2,350 3.30 31.56 $25.94 $53,960
Nevada 1,960 1.73 16.57 $27.29 $56,760
Ohio 1,200 0.24 2.27 $25.53 $53,100
Virginia 1,090 0.30 2.88 $20.34 $42,310
Colorado 810 0.36 3.48 $28.38 $59,020




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 2,350 3.30 31.56 $25.94 $53,960
Nevada 1,960 1.73 16.57 $27.29 $56,760
New Mexico 560 0.72 6.86 $27.34 $56,860
Wyoming 140 0.52 4.97 $33.19 $69,040
Colorado 810 0.36 3.48 $28.38 $59,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 140 0.52 4.97 $33.19 $69,040
Colorado 810 0.36 3.48 $28.38 $59,020
New Mexico 560 0.72 6.86 $27.34 $56,860
Nevada 1,960 1.73 16.57 $27.29 $56,760
West Virginia 2,350 3.30 31.56 $25.94 $53,960





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)
Wheeling, WV-OH 840 13.06 124.77 $26.02 $54,130
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 1.14 $23.34 $48,540
Morgantown, WV 150 2.36 22.57 $21.77 $45,280
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 90 0.11 1.05 $17.27 $35,920
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.10 0.92 $17.69 $36,790
Spokane, WA 50 0.26 2.50 $32.96 $68,560
Fort Smith, AR-OK 40 0.36 3.48 $14.38 $29,900
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 0.57 $22.92 $47,670




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)
Wheeling, WV-OH 840 13.06 124.77 $26.02 $54,130
Morgantown, WV 150 2.36 22.57 $21.77 $45,280
Fort Smith, AR-OK 40 0.36 3.48 $14.38 $29,900
Spokane, WA 50 0.26 2.50 $32.96 $68,560
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 1.14 $23.34 $48,540
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 90 0.11 1.05 $17.27 $35,920
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.10 0.92 $17.69 $36,790
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 0.57 $22.92 $47,670




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)
Spokane, WA 50 0.26 2.50 $32.96 $68,560
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $26.35 $54,800
Wheeling, WV-OH 840 13.06 124.77 $26.02 $54,130
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 150 0.12 1.14 $23.34 $48,540
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.06 0.57 $22.92 $47,670
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.24 $46,260
Morgantown, WV 150 2.36 22.57 $21.77 $45,280
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $20.26 $42,140
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 80 0.10 0.92 $17.69 $36,790
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 90 0.11 1.05 $17.27 $35,920

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 1,880 33.43 319.30 $27.55 $57,290
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 820 6.16 58.85 $26.54 $55,200
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 740 5.52 52.69 $21.48 $44,680
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 390 2.66 25.38 $22.46 $46,730
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 330 2.88 27.55 $26.22 $54,530

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 1,880 33.43 319.30 $27.55 $57,290
Garrett County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 130 11.81 112.77 $23.26 $48,380
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 820 6.16 58.85 $26.54 $55,200
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 740 5.52 52.69 $21.48 $44,680
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 330 2.88 27.55 $26.22 $54,530

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)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 2.28 21.79 $33.19 $69,040
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,880 33.43 319.30 $27.55 $57,290
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 220 2.19 20.96 $27.33 $56,850
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 820 6.16 58.85 $26.54 $55,200
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 330 2.88 27.55 $26.22 $54,530


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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