The Economic Impact of Alabama’s Coal Industry
TOTAL EARNINGS IMPACT
2018 COAL PRODUCTION
80% of coal mined in Alabama is metallurgical (met) coal, worth $2 billion in 2018 and exported to steelmakers around the world.
20% of coal mined in Alabama is thermal coal, worth $190 million and used in local industry and for power production.
Met coal comprises the majority of Alabama’s coal industry, valued at $2B annually, vs. $190M for thermal coal.
Total employment impact across job sectors in Alabama.
Mining is one of Alabama’s major employers.
One of the highest paying industries in Alabama.
AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY
1.6 times greater than average Alabama salaries.