|Average annual wages of coal chief |
executives and managers (Times graphic)
For example, from 2004 to 2016 the average pay for chief executives in the coal industry rose 60 percent from $125,000 to $200,000, Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the Times. During the same period pay for truck and tractor operators rose 15 percent, from $38,060 to $43,770, and construction jobs in mining rose 11 percent, from $31,470 to $35,080.
"Pay for chief executives in the coal industry also grew much faster, on average, than that of their counterparts across the wider economy, while the average pay for coal industry construction workers failed to keep up with similar jobs in other fields," Tabuchi writes. "Data excludes bonuses, share options and other perks, which often inflate executive compensation—and the pay gap—many times more." (Times graphic: Changes in coal wages from 2004 to 2016)