Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
6,310 6.8 % $26.24 $54,580 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.65 $20.00 $25.08 $32.26 $37.82
Annual Wage (2) $34,630 $41,600 $52,170 $67,110 $78,660


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) 1,460 0.07 $22.04 $45,850
Metal Ore Mining 1,070 2.66 $33.12 $68,890
Support Activities for Mining 820 0.29 $24.75 $51,480
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 380 0.30 $24.15 $50,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 330 0.02 $28.81 $59,930

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 1,070 2.66 $33.12 $68,890
Coal Mining 300 0.55 $29.93 $62,250
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 380 0.30 $24.15 $50,230
Support Activities for Mining 820 0.29 $24.75 $51,480
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 220 0.24 $24.86 $51,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metal Ore Mining 1,070 2.66 $33.12 $68,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $32.92 $68,480
State Government (OES Designation) 50 (7) $30.63 $63,710
Coal Mining 300 0.55 $29.93 $62,250
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 130 0.01 $29.62 $61,600


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 720 0.06 1.36 $19.89 $41,370
Oklahoma 470 0.29 6.53 $20.86 $43,390
Indiana 370 0.12 2.74 $21.94 $45,630
West Virginia 320 0.46 10.19 $27.95 $58,140
Kentucky 300 0.16 3.54 $21.82 $45,390




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 210 0.75 16.76 $33.60 $69,880
West Virginia 320 0.46 10.19 $27.95 $58,140
Oklahoma 470 0.29 6.53 $20.86 $43,390
New Mexico 180 0.22 4.87 $26.97 $56,110
Kentucky 300 0.16 3.54 $21.82 $45,390




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) $33.72 $70,140
Wyoming 210 0.75 16.76 $33.60 $69,880
Nevada 50 0.04 0.80 $33.22 $69,100
New York 100 0.01 0.24 $31.68 $65,890
Massachusetts 50 0.01 0.29 $30.34 $63,120





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 260 0.26 5.89 $17.82 $37,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.71 $27.20 $56,580
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.22 $19.70 $40,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.55 $19.44 $40,440
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.70 $20.54 $42,730
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.12 $35.42 $73,680
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.18 3.97 $29.62 $61,600




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 260 0.26 5.89 $17.82 $37,060
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.18 3.97 $29.62 $61,600
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.22 $19.70 $40,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.71 $27.20 $56,580
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.70 $20.54 $42,730
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.55 $19.44 $40,440
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.12 $35.42 $73,680




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 0.12 $35.42 $73,680
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 30 0.18 3.97 $29.62 $61,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.37 $61,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 80 0.03 0.71 $27.20 $56,580
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $25.42 $52,870
Tucson, AZ (8) (8) (8) $23.90 $49,700
Lexington-Fayette, KY (8) (8) (8) $22.77 $47,360
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 40 0.03 0.70 $20.54 $42,730
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 70 0.14 3.22 $19.70 $40,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 50 0.02 0.55 $19.44 $40,440

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 320 1.72 38.16 $21.16 $44,010
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 3.29 73.30 $34.00 $70,720
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.88 $22.89 $47,600
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 8.47 $26.03 $54,130
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 19.05 $34.26 $71,260

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 160 3.29 73.30 $34.00 $70,720
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 320 1.72 38.16 $21.16 $44,010
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.86 19.05 $34.26 $71,260
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 8.47 $26.03 $54,130
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.88 $22.89 $47,600

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 0.86 19.05 $34.26 $71,260
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 160 3.29 73.30 $34.00 $70,720
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 8.47 $26.03 $54,130
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.88 $22.89 $47,600
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 320 1.72 38.16 $21.16 $44,010


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017