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All About Mining Machine Operators

Career Description All mining machine operators not listed separately.

  • Coal Trimmer Machine Operator
  • Topman
  • Rock Dust Sprayer
  • Coal Miner
  • Digging Machine Operator

Mining Machine Operator Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 2,200 jobs in the United States for Mining Machine Operator. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Mining Machine Operator. There will be an estimated 300 positions for Mining Machine Operator per year.


The states with the most job growth for Mining Machine Operator are North Dakota, Alaska, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in West Virginia, Washington, or Tennessee. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Mining Machine Operator

The typical yearly salary for Mining Machine Operators is somewhere between $35,220 and $75,910.


Mining Machine Operators who work in Nevada, Virginia, or Florida, make the highest salaries.

How much do Mining Machine Operators make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alaska $61,670
Arizona $54,040
Colorado $49,430
Florida $55,660
Georgia $46,350
Illinois $58,570
Kentucky $44,930
Minnesota $55,230
Nevada $61,900
New Mexico $59,720
Pennsylvania $58,300
Texas $45,700
Utah $49,110
Virginia $64,220
West Virginia $57,790

Who Employs Mining Machine Operators?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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