Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-5031 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters. Excludes "Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas" (47-5021) who may also work with explosives.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,330 5.2 % $23.74 $49,380 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $19.06 $23.38 $27.61 $32.94
Annual Wage (2) $32,510 $39,630 $48,620 $57,430 $68,520


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,630 0.08 $20.69 $43,040
Support Activities for Mining 1,100 0.29 $24.81 $51,600
Metal Ore Mining 940 2.22 $24.94 $51,870
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 630 0.12 $25.79 $53,650
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 350 0.29 $25.78 $53,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 940 2.22 $24.94 $51,870
Coal Mining 340 0.39 $26.08 $54,250
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 340 0.37 $20.38 $42,390
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 350 0.29 $25.78 $53,630
Support Activities for Mining 1,100 0.29 $24.81 $51,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 40 0.04 $28.93 $60,180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $28.11 $58,480
Coal Mining 340 0.39 $26.08 $54,250
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 630 0.12 $25.79 $53,650
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 350 0.29 $25.78 $53,630


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 540 1.25 25.76 $26.39 $54,890
Oklahoma 530 0.35 7.16 $19.00 $39,520
Nevada 500 0.44 9.16 $27.27 $56,730
Indiana 460 0.16 3.38 $20.93 $43,530
Kentucky 410 0.23 4.78 $21.45 $44,610




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 540 1.25 25.76 $26.39 $54,890
Wyoming 280 1.02 20.97 $26.81 $55,760
Nevada 500 0.44 9.16 $27.27 $56,730
Oklahoma 530 0.35 7.16 $19.00 $39,520
Alaska 90 0.29 5.89 $29.81 $62,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 60 0.01 0.23 $33.87 $70,450
Wisconsin (8) (8) (8) $29.96 $62,320
Alaska 90 0.29 5.89 $29.81 $62,010
Washington 90 0.03 0.69 $29.46 $61,280
Nevada 500 0.44 9.16 $27.27 $56,730





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.32 $26.70 $55,540
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.12 2.48 $23.17 $48,200
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.53 $26.01 $54,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $36.38 $75,670




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.12 2.48 $23.17 $48,200
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.53 $26.01 $54,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.32 $26.70 $55,540
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $36.38 $75,670




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.30 $36.38 $75,670
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.39 $65,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.32 $26.70 $55,540
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.53 $26.01 $54,100
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $25.77 $53,600
Salt Lake City, UT 70 0.12 2.48 $23.17 $48,200
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $22.82 $47,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ (8) (8) (8) $21.75 $45,250
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $17.79 $37,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 490 8.68 178.62 $27.47 $57,130
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 430 2.66 54.66 $19.56 $40,690
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 380 2.40 49.47 $20.33 $42,290
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.72 97.13 $26.93 $56,020
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.45 29.81 $21.05 $43,790

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 490 8.68 178.62 $27.47 $57,130
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.72 97.13 $26.93 $56,020
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 430 2.66 54.66 $19.56 $40,690
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 380 2.40 49.47 $20.33 $42,290
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 230 1.45 29.81 $21.05 $43,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.42 8.60 $29.19 $60,720
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 490 8.68 178.62 $27.47 $57,130
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 230 4.72 97.13 $26.93 $56,020
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.58 11.84 $24.29 $50,530
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.01 $47,860


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013