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Mining Machine Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of mining machine operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of mining machine operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mining machine operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mining machine operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Mining Machine Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mining machine operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mining machine operators is $76,270. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,130. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mining machine operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
3.23% 5.58%
3.73% -
0.89% -
-2.63% -
0.36% -
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Table 2. Mining Machine Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mining machine operators in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mining machine operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $71,680. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $45,090).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services


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