Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,130 5.0 % $24.35 $50,660 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.62 $18.94 $23.37 $29.31 $35.52
Annual Wage (2) $32,480 $39,400 $48,620 $60,960 $73,880


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 4,240 6.11 $24.44 $50,830
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,450 3.72 $22.34 $46,460
Metal Ore Mining 2,660 6.14 $27.87 $57,980
Support Activities for Mining 390 0.10 $23.62 $49,130
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 50 0.35 $21.78 $45,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 2,660 6.14 $27.87 $57,980
Coal Mining 4,240 6.11 $24.44 $50,830
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,450 3.72 $22.34 $46,460
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 50 0.35 $21.78 $45,310
Support Activities for Mining 390 0.10 $23.62 $49,130

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 2,660 6.14 $27.87 $57,980
Coal Mining 4,240 6.11 $24.44 $50,830
Support Activities for Mining 390 0.10 $23.62 $49,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 3,450 3.72 $22.34 $46,460
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 50 0.35 $21.78 $45,310


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)
Nevada 1,170 0.95 11.72 $30.14 $62,690
Virginia 980 0.27 3.29 $20.55 $42,740
Kentucky 970 0.53 6.53 $23.55 $48,990
West Virginia 930 1.32 16.30 $25.25 $52,520
Pennsylvania 640 0.11 1.38 $21.41 $44,520




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 930 1.32 16.30 $25.25 $52,520
Wyoming 290 1.02 12.67 $36.35 $75,610
Nevada 1,170 0.95 11.72 $30.14 $62,690
Kentucky 970 0.53 6.53 $23.55 $48,990
Idaho 300 0.47 5.78 $33.61 $69,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 290 1.02 12.67 $36.35 $75,610
Idaho 300 0.47 5.78 $33.61 $69,900
Montana 120 0.27 3.36 $32.91 $68,450
Nevada 1,170 0.95 11.72 $30.14 $62,690
Alaska 80 0.26 3.18 $28.54 $59,360





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)
Charleston, WV 260 2.21 27.40 $28.03 $58,310
Canton-Massillon, OH 150 0.91 11.23 $25.37 $52,770
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 2.57 $25.45 $52,940
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 70 0.26 3.19 $20.44 $42,510
Fort Smith, AR-OK 60 0.53 6.52 $18.78 $39,070




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)
Charleston, WV 260 2.21 27.40 $28.03 $58,310
Canton-Massillon, OH 150 0.91 11.23 $25.37 $52,770
Fort Smith, AR-OK 60 0.53 6.52 $18.78 $39,070
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 70 0.26 3.19 $20.44 $42,510
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 2.57 $25.45 $52,940




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)
Charleston, WV 260 2.21 27.40 $28.03 $58,310
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.21 2.57 $25.45 $52,940
Canton-Massillon, OH 150 0.91 11.23 $25.37 $52,770
Pittsburgh, PA (8) (8) (8) $21.22 $44,150
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 70 0.26 3.19 $20.44 $42,510
Richmond, VA (8) (8) (8) $20.15 $41,910
Fort Smith, AR-OK 60 0.53 6.52 $18.78 $39,070
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $18.64 $38,770
Cumberland, MD-WV (8) (8) (8) $15.98 $33,230

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,100 25.77 319.40 $30.52 $63,480
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 800 6.31 78.25 $20.57 $42,780
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 740 7.00 86.77 $24.13 $50,190
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 200 1.25 15.46 $18.89 $39,290
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 200 2.55 31.57 $24.54 $51,040

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,100 25.77 319.40 $30.52 $63,480
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 740 7.00 86.77 $24.13 $50,190
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 800 6.31 78.25 $20.57 $42,780
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 2.62 32.52 $41.02 $85,320
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 200 2.55 31.57 $24.54 $51,040

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)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 2.62 32.52 $41.02 $85,320
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.87 $72,530
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.30 $69,260
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 1,100 25.77 319.40 $30.52 $63,480
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 4.67 $27.85 $57,930


About May 2015 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016