Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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. Include seismograph shooters. Exclude "Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas" (47-5021) who may also work with explosives.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
5,150 7.6 % $18.58 $38,640 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.69 $14.80 $17.69 $21.29 $26.10
Annual Wage (2) $26,390 $30,780 $36,790 $44,280 $54,280

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 1,430 $17.22 $35,810
Other specialty trade contractors 840 $21.20 $44,100
Support activities for mining 640 $16.37 $34,060
Coal mining 540 $19.39 $40,320
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 480 $16.16 $33,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Metal ore mining 280 $21.61 $44,950
Other specialty trade contractors 840 $21.20 $44,100
Other chemical product and preparation mfg. 190 $20.87 $43,400
Coal mining 540 $19.39 $40,320
Chemical merchant wholesalers 390 $18.96 $39,430

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
West Virginia 200 $18.21 $37,880 0.029%
Oklahoma 410 $15.29 $31,810 0.029%
Kentucky 400 $15.98 $33,230 0.023%
Montana 60 $25.10 $52,200 0.015%
Indiana 380 $16.93 $35,200 0.013%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Montana 60 $25.10 $52,200 0.015%
Connecticut (7) $24.39 $50,740 (7)
New Mexico 50 $23.53 $48,940 0.007%
New Hampshire 40 $23.13 $48,110 0.006%
Wisconsin 60 $22.61 $47,030 0.002%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lexington, KY MSA 240 $16.41 $34,130 0.092%
Charleston, WV MSA 50 $15.37 $31,980 0.039%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 190 $19.16 $39,850 0.007%
Atlanta, GA MSA 50 $13.99 $29,110 0.002%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA (7) $35.81 $74,490 (7)
Chicago, IL PMSA (7) $24.92 $51,840 (7)
Hartford, CT MSA (7) $24.65 $51,260 (7)
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA (7) $20.39 $42,420 (7)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 190 $19.16 $39,850 0.007%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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