How Much Do Continuous Miner Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Continuous Miner Operators

Continuous Miner Operators operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$58340 per year
Hourly wage
$28 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$38,870 to $46,190 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$19 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Continuous Mining Machine Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $38,870 to $46,190 per year or $19 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Continuous Mining Machine Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $80,110
Senior (Top 25%) $34 $69,830
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $56,920
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $46,190
No experience (Bottom 10%) $19 $38,870

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $40 $84,210
MT $37 $76,020
MN $33 $68,830
TN $33 $68,430
NV $32 $65,800
UT $30 $62,810
CO $30 $62,670
KY $30 $61,660
IL $29 $59,870
ID $28 $58,210

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Continuous Mining Machine Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Continuous Miner Operators are in the states of WY, MT, MN, TN and NV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Support Activities for Mining $73640 $35.40
Metal Ore Mining $60780 $29.22
Coal Mining $58490 $28.12
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $52060 $25.03
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $49280 $23.69

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