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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
5,640 7.5 % $25.38 $52,780 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.58 $19.80 $23.97 $29.83 $36.57
Annual Wage (2) $34,500 $41,190 $49,860 $62,050 $76,070


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) 1,550 0.08 $22.79 $47,400
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 640 0.17 $27.42 $57,020
Support Activities for Mining 560 0.18 $21.88 $45,510
Machinery Manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only) 400 0.05 $20.96 $43,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 220 0.02 $30.30 $63,030

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 200 0.40 $31.08 $64,640
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 220 0.22 $29.22 $60,780
Support Activities for Mining 560 0.18 $21.88 $45,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 640 0.17 $27.42 $57,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,550 0.08 $22.79 $47,400

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 50 0.04 $37.90 $78,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $33.22 $69,100
Scientific Research and Development Services 80 0.01 $33.00 $68,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $31.57 $65,670
Coal Mining 200 0.40 $31.08 $64,640


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 760 0.06 1.61 $19.73 $41,050
Oklahoma 680 0.43 10.99 $20.80 $43,260
Indiana 410 0.13 3.43 $24.15 $50,220
Tennessee 270 0.09 2.33 $22.61 $47,040
Pennsylvania 260 0.04 1.14 $29.73 $61,830




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 190 0.71 18.23 $31.63 $65,800
Oklahoma 680 0.43 10.99 $20.80 $43,260
West Virginia 120 0.17 4.34 $22.85 $47,530
Alaska 50 0.16 4.03 $30.59 $63,620
Arkansas 170 0.14 3.70 $19.90 $41,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin 80 0.03 0.68 $36.73 $76,390
New York 110 0.01 0.29 $34.66 $72,090
California 160 0.01 0.23 $33.17 $68,980
Nevada 40 0.03 0.86 $31.66 $65,860
Wyoming 190 0.71 18.23 $31.63 $65,800





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)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.19 4.90 $23.47 $48,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.82 $27.27 $56,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 70 0.02 0.53 $19.15 $39,820
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.23 $23.81 $49,530
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 60 0.01 0.17 $34.56 $71,890
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 1.49 $20.87 $43,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 40 0.01 0.18 $37.31 $77,610
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 30 0.30 7.74 $28.20 $58,660




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)
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 30 0.30 7.74 $28.20 $58,660
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.19 4.90 $23.47 $48,820
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.23 $23.81 $49,530
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.06 1.49 $20.87 $43,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.82 $27.27 $56,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 70 0.02 0.53 $19.15 $39,820
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 60 0.01 0.17 $34.56 $71,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 40 0.01 0.18 $37.31 $77,610




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 40 0.01 0.18 $37.31 $77,610
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 60 0.01 0.17 $34.56 $71,890
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $32.46 $67,530
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 30 0.30 7.74 $28.20 $58,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 100 0.03 0.82 $27.27 $56,730
Appleton, WI (8) (8) (8) $23.92 $49,750
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.09 2.23 $23.81 $49,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (8) (8) (8) $23.76 $49,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 180 0.19 4.90 $23.47 $48,820
Jacksonville, FL (8) (8) (8) $22.85 $47,520

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)
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.62 41.56 $22.40 $46,590
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 27.39 $23.32 $48,500
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.03 52.03 $31.71 $65,960
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 20.50 $25.88 $53,830
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 11.53 $31.85 $66,240

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)
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.03 52.03 $31.71 $65,960
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.62 41.56 $22.40 $46,590
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 27.39 $23.32 $48,500
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 20.50 $25.88 $53,830
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 11.53 $31.85 $66,240

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 11.53 $31.85 $66,240
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 170 2.03 52.03 $31.71 $65,960
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 9.52 $28.90 $60,120
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.80 20.50 $25.88 $53,830
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 27.39 $23.32 $48,500


About May 2018 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019