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Occupational Employment Statistics


47-5022 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

Operate or tend machinery at surface mining site, equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to excavate and load loose materials.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 9013$30.52/hr$23.74/hr$25.49/hr$29.18/hr$35.38/hr$39.36/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining600$31.77/hr
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$30.17/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 50$31.85/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 50$31.95/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$29.24/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$29.18/hr7.3%
Southeast Minnesota 90$31.50/hr8.2%
Southwest Minnesota 100$29.32/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 210$37.78/hr7.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 400$42.32/hrN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 530$42.32/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,040$35.38/hr6.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators 7,520$37.19/hr4.6%
Crane and Tower Operators 200$34.21/hr4.0%
Hoist and Winch Operators 80$50.90/hr-14.6%
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas N/AN/AN/A
Helpers--Extraction Workers N/AN/AN/A
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators 400$23.23/hr0.0%
Logging Equipment Operators 360$23.75/hr16.8%
Continuous Mining Machine Operators 170$31.00/hrN/A
Structural Iron and Steel Workers 990$38.92/hr6.2%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 130$25.80/hrN/A

  • Set up or inspect equipment prior to operation.
  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, and turn dials to operate power machinery, such as power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders, or backhoes.
  • Lubricate, adjust, or repair machinery and replace parts, such as gears, bearings, or bucket teeth.
  • Receive written or oral instructions regarding material movement or excavation.
  • Direct ground workers engaged in activities such as moving stakes or markers, or changing positions of towers.
  • Adjust dig face angles for varying overburden depths and set lengths.
  • Move materials over short distances, such as around a construction site, factory, or warehouse.
  • Become familiar with digging plans, machine capabilities and limitations, and with efficient and safe digging procedures in a given application.
  • Drive machines to work sites.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications.