Underground Mining Loading and Moving Machine Operators
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Overview
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Operate underground loading or moving machine to load or move coal, ore, or rock using shuttle or mine car or conveyors. Equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
Titles for this career often contain these words
OperatorLoaderShuttleCarBuggyMachineMinerDriverHaulerJoyLoadingMuckAsphaltRunnerDropperDumperPincherCartCoalCokeDivisionEquipmentFrontEndLoadHaulDumpLHDMechanicalShovelMonitorMuckerMuckingPitPlantProductionRamOfficerSwitcherSkidUnderGroundWheelYard
Education
Only 5% of underground mining machine operators have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by underground mining machine operators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer underground mining machine operators have bachelor's degrees than 85% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Underground mining loading and moving machine operators, with 4,400 workers, form a smaller workforce than 95% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for underground mining loading and moving machine operators are expected to shrink by 11%.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for underground mining loading and moving machine operators compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most underground mining loading and moving machine operators earn.
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Gender
Women account for 2% of underground mining machine operators -- that's a smaller percentage than 94% of other jobs.
Gender of underground mining machine operators
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For underground mining machine operators, the median men's salary was Infinity% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 9% of underground mining machine operators are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of underground mining machine operators
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Underground Mining Loading and Moving Machine Operators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of underground mining loading and moving machine operators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (96%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (84%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (82%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (80%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (70%)
  • Time Pressure (59%)
  • Consequence of Error (56%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (45%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (44%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do underground mining machine operators earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (underground mining loading and moving machine operators). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for underground mining loading and moving machine operators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all underground mining machine operators.
Distribution: Salaries for underground mining machine operators (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire underground mining loading and moving machine operators.
Employers of Underground mining machine operators (ACS)
Private for-profit (96.5%)
Private not-for-profit (0.9%)
Local government (0.2%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (0.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.0%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of underground mining machine operators by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of underground mining machine operators, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$63K$63K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of underground mining loading and moving machine operators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty underground mining loading and moving machine operators, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$54K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for underground mining machine operators

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Underground mining machine operators and gender

With 2% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 94% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
2%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Underground mining machine operators
Men (98%)
Women (2%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men.

$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KMen

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of underground mining machine operators

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority underground mining machine operators than for 96% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of underground mining machine operators
White (87% )
Black (4% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
10%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for underground mining machine operators by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$51K$64K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KBlackWhite
Distribution: Salaries for underground mining machine operators by nativity
$48K$64K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Underground mining machine operators and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 2% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 94% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by underground mining loading and moving machine operators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), underground mining loading and moving machine operators typically hold a .

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as underground mining machine operators as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for underground mining loading and moving machine operators

Although no formal educational credential is usually required, some companies prefer to hire material moving machine operators who have a high school diploma. For crane and tower operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent typically is required.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for underground mining loading and moving machine operators

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Education attained by underground mining machine operators
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for underground mining machine operators? Below we see the distribution of underground mining machine operators salaries based on the education attained.

$45K$63K$69K$75K$72K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (15%)High School (53%)Some College (21%)Associate's/Cert. (6%)Bachelor's Degree (4%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most underground mining loading and moving machine operators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as underground mining loading and moving machine operators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all underground mining machine operators, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS for this specialty
Number of Underground Mining Loading and Moving Machine Operators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where underground mining loading and moving machine operators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for underground mining machine operators compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for underground mining machine operators.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all underground mining machine operators, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Underground Mining Loading and Moving Machine Operators (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which underground mining loading and moving machine operators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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