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Mining Machine Operator

What is a Mining Machine Operator?

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

  • Iron Miner
  • Topman
  • Shield Runner
  • Efficiency Miner
  • Belt Operator

Is There Going to be Demand for Mining Machine Operators?

There were about 2,200 jobs for Mining Machine Operator in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Mining Machine Operator. The BLS estimates 300 yearly job openings in this field.


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 average yearly salary of a Mining Machine Operator ranges 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


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