Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
5,850 6.2 % $25.38 $52,790 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.50 $19.37 $23.87 $30.19 $36.96
Annual Wage (2) $34,320 $40,290 $49,650 $62,790 $76,870


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) 1,490 0.07 $22.45 $46,700
Metal Ore Mining 610 1.59 $34.05 $70,820
Support Activities for Mining 580 0.21 $19.96 $41,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 490 0.15 $24.65 $51,280
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 380 0.06 $25.72 $53,500

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 610 1.59 $34.05 $70,820
Coal Mining 220 0.43 $30.16 $62,730
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 230 0.24 $25.36 $52,740
Support Activities for Mining 580 0.21 $19.96 $41,510
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) 490 0.15 $24.65 $51,280

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 60 0.05 $36.49 $75,900
Metal Ore Mining 610 1.59 $34.05 $70,820
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $33.24 $69,150
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $31.38 $65,280
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $30.62 $63,700


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 880 0.07 1.80 $19.37 $40,280
Oklahoma 530 0.34 8.22 $21.05 $43,780
Indiana 410 0.13 3.29 $23.38 $48,640
Montana 410 0.88 21.43 $34.65 $72,070
Kentucky 270 0.14 3.49 $23.40 $48,660




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 410 0.88 21.43 $34.65 $72,070
Wyoming 140 0.54 13.14 $32.78 $68,180
Oklahoma 530 0.34 8.22 $21.05 $43,780
New Mexico 120 0.15 3.65 $29.33 $61,010
Kentucky 270 0.14 3.49 $23.40 $48,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 40 0.01 0.31 $49.12 $102,160
Nevada 50 0.04 0.88 $34.86 $72,500
New York 100 0.01 0.26 $34.67 $72,120
Montana 410 0.88 21.43 $34.65 $72,070
Wyoming 140 0.54 13.14 $32.78 $68,180



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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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 6.01 $17.98 $37,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 150 0.16 3.89 $20.86 $43,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.94 $26.43 $54,980
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 80 0.08 1.83 $21.45 $44,610
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 60 0.03 0.75 $20.91 $43,500
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 2.03 $24.41 $50,760
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.09 2.21 $17.01 $35,380
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.04 1.01 $20.78 $43,220
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.13 $37.67 $78,360


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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)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 6.01 $17.98 $37,410
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 150 0.16 3.89 $20.86 $43,380
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 50 0.09 2.21 $17.01 $35,380
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 80 0.08 1.83 $21.45 $44,610
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 2.03 $24.41 $50,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.94 $26.43 $54,980
Kansas City, MO-KS 40 0.04 1.01 $20.78 $43,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 60 0.03 0.75 $20.91 $43,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.13 $37.67 $78,360


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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.13 $37.67 $78,360
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $32.16 $66,900
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $30.28 $62,990
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $29.73 $61,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.94 $26.43 $54,980
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.08 2.03 $24.41 $50,760
Appleton, WI (8) (8) (8) $23.42 $48,720
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 80 0.08 1.83 $21.45 $44,610
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 60 0.03 0.75 $20.91 $43,500
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 150 0.16 3.89 $20.86 $43,380

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 39.42 $22.02 $45,800
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.05 25.58 $22.84 $47,500
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.35 57.24 $32.80 $68,220
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 9.09 $25.64 $53,320
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.96 23.30 $34.89 $72,580

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)
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.35 57.24 $32.80 $68,220
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 300 1.62 39.42 $22.02 $45,800
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.19 28.90 $22.89 $47,620
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.05 25.58 $22.84 $47,500
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.96 23.30 $34.89 $72,580

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.96 23.30 $34.89 $72,580
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 2.35 57.24 $32.80 $68,220
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.07 $58,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 9.09 $25.64 $53,320
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 1.19 28.90 $22.89 $47,620


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018