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All About Mining Machine Operators

Mining Machine Operator Job Description All mining machine operators not listed separately.

Types of Mining Machine Operator

  • Silver Miner
  • Dry Placer Machine Operator
  • Hydraulic Operator
  • Shield Operator
  • Ore Miner

Is There Going to be Demand for Mining Machine Operators?

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.

Mining Machine Operator Salary

The salary for Mining Machine Operators ranges between about $35,220 and $75,910 a year.


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?


Below are examples of industries where Mining Machine Operators work:



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