Mining machine operators are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, mining machine operators rate their career happiness 2.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 11% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy mining machine operators are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Quality control inspector
2.8
$48k
Logistician
2.7
$58k
Sheet metal worker
2.7
$49k
Tool and die maker
2.7
$54k
Mining machine operator
2.7
$55k
Machinist
2.7
$44k
Recreational vehicle service technician
2.6
$39k
Derrick operator
2.6
$47k
Glazier
2.6
$44k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are mining machine operators happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do mining machine operators find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as mining machine operators?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are mining machine operator’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are mining machine operators making the best use of their abilities?

Are mining machine operators happy with their salary?