Guide to Mining in the United States
December 15, 2017 by Barrett Pryce | 2 minutes to read
According to National Mining Association, 158,000 miners are employed by the mining industry.
That figure ignores the universe of mine contractors, mining consultants, mineral & aggregate refinery operations, mine equipment service workers, and other mine support personnel.
See injury, illness, and fatality statistics for non-metal, metal, and coal mining operations in the United States for 2016:
|Total Injuries||Injury Rates (per 100K)||Fatalities||Fatality Rates (Per 100K)|
|Source: 2016 Department of Labor Health & Safety Statistics for Mining|
Average Annual Wages By Mining Job
|MINING JOB||AVERAGE WAGES|
|General and Operations Managers||$102,750|
|Mine Geological Engineers||$91,010|
|First Line Supervisors of Production||$68,900|
|Plant and System Operators||$58,460|
|Rail Transportation Workers||$47,810|
|Conveyor Operators and Tenders||$47,810|
|Continuous Mining Machine Operators||$52,370|
|Mining Machine Operators||$52,050|
|Excavating, Loading Machine, Dragline Operators||$45,660|
|MSHA Safety Training Specialists||?|
Notice in the table above, the safety role is forgotten; perhaps falling as it so often does to an “experienced miner” or “competent person”—a miner who has been on the job for several years and who has completed MSHA Part 46 or MSHA Part 48 safety training requirements.
The old rule required a miner to receive new miner training within 12 months or to accumulate 12 months of mining experience within the previous 36 months to be considered an “experienced miner.” The new rule requires that a miner both receive new miner training and have 12 months of mining experience to qualify as an “experienced miner.”
Alternatively, there are many MSHA training providers and independent consultants who deliver mine safety training as a service, often on-location at specific mine sites.