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What Does it Take to Be a Mining Machine Operator?

Job Description: All mining machine operators not listed separately.

  • Shield Runner
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What Kind of Mining Machine Operator Job Opportunities Are There?

In the United States, there were 2,200 jobs for Mining Machine Operator in 2016. 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.

Average Mining Machine Operators Salary

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.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Mining Machine Operators in different U.S. states.

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

Where Mining Machine Operators Are Employed


Below are examples of industries where Mining Machine Operators work:



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