Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
7,970 8.8 % $25.56 $53,160 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.37 $20.09 $25.07 $31.21 $35.91
Annual Wage (2) $34,050 $41,790 $52,140 $64,910 $74,690


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)
Support Activities for Mining 1,480 0.35 $26.26 $54,620
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 0.07 $21.32 $44,350
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 520 0.04 $26.64 $55,410
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 480 0.37 $23.47 $48,810
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 380 0.06 $28.03 $58,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 330 0.45 $28.49 $59,270
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 480 0.37 $23.47 $48,810
Support Activities for Mining 1,480 0.35 $26.26 $54,620
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 250 0.27 $23.88 $49,660
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,460 0.07 $21.32 $44,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $31.34 $65,200
Metal Ore Mining (8) (8) $29.93 $62,250
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 160 0.01 $29.21 $60,760
Coal Mining 330 0.45 $28.49 $59,270
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 380 0.06 $28.03 $58,310


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)
Texas 700 0.06 1.05 $20.31 $42,250
Maryland 550 0.22 3.67 $25.39 $52,800
Oklahoma 520 0.33 5.64 $20.32 $42,280
Montana 440 0.99 16.72 $27.00 $56,170
West Virginia 410 0.58 9.82 $25.82 $53,700



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)
Wyoming 340 1.20 20.30 $31.84 $66,220
Montana 440 0.99 16.72 $27.00 $56,170
West Virginia 410 0.58 9.82 $25.82 $53,700
Oklahoma 520 0.33 5.64 $20.32 $42,280
Nevada 330 0.28 4.72 $28.40 $59,070



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois (8) (8) (8) $33.69 $70,070
Alaska 90 0.27 4.51 $33.09 $68,830
Washington (8) (8) (8) $32.71 $68,040
Wyoming 340 1.20 20.30 $31.84 $66,220
Hawaii (8) (8) (8) $30.00 $62,390




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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.25 4.19 $25.34 $52,710
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 3.96 $16.60 $34,520
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 90 0.19 3.19 $25.03 $52,050
Charleston, WV 90 0.62 10.54 $23.01 $47,860
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.24 $24.00 $49,920
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 90 0.05 0.81 $19.80 $41,180
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 0.76 $23.49 $48,860
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.16 $32.16 $66,890



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)
Charleston, WV 90 0.62 10.54 $23.01 $47,860
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.25 4.19 $25.34 $52,710
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 3.96 $16.60 $34,520
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 90 0.19 3.19 $25.03 $52,050
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.24 $24.00 $49,920
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 90 0.05 0.81 $19.80 $41,180
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 0.76 $23.49 $48,860
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.16 $32.16 $66,890



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 40 0.01 0.16 $32.16 $66,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.78 $66,100
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $29.88 $62,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA (8) (8) (8) $28.87 $60,040
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $28.59 $59,470
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.25 4.19 $25.34 $52,710
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 90 0.19 3.19 $25.03 $52,050
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $24.70 $51,370
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 2.24 $24.00 $49,920
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 60 0.04 0.76 $23.49 $48,860

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 430 11.73 198.88 $27.00 $56,160
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 290 5.84 99.02 $32.16 $66,890
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.75 29.67 $21.27 $44,250
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 210 3.77 63.99 $27.77 $57,760
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 10.75 $14.66 $30,490

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)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 430 11.73 198.88 $27.00 $56,160
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 290 5.84 99.02 $32.16 $66,890
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 210 3.77 63.99 $27.77 $57,760
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 280 1.75 29.67 $21.27 $44,250
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 10.75 $14.66 $30,490

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 40 0.53 8.99 $34.18 $71,100
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 290 5.84 99.02 $32.16 $66,890
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.50 $61,350
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.20 $58,660
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 210 3.77 63.99 $27.77 $57,760


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015