You make much less than a Janitor.What is considered overpaid? That's a comparative thing. To someone working in fast food, what a coal miner makes would seem large. To someone that makes much more than a coal miner, they would think are underpaid. I probably make much more than the average miner, but I can't imagine someone thinking that miners are over paid. Sure, mining is much safer than it was years ago, but the work conditions are not what most would consider ideal. I have family members and friends who work in the mines and I can't think of one that really wants to be there. But it does pay better than most other jobs, so they stay. Still, it isn't that great of money considering the economy now and what the kind of work most miners do.