Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
5,710 4.5 % $22.30 $46,370 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.56 $17.32 $21.03 $25.65 $31.00
Annual Wage (2) $30,280 $36,020 $43,730 $53,350 $64,480


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) 1,740 0.09 $20.39 $42,400
Support Activities for Mining 810 0.31 $20.70 $43,060
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.56 $25.10 $52,200
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 490 0.09 $25.66 $53,380
Coal Mining 400 0.50 $23.62 $49,140

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 530 1.56 $25.10 $52,200
Coal Mining 400 0.50 $23.62 $49,140
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 330 0.36 $20.71 $43,070
Support Activities for Mining 810 0.31 $20.70 $43,060
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 310 0.26 $23.78 $49,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $46.29 $96,280
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $27.11 $56,380
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 490 0.09 $25.66 $53,380
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.56 $25.10 $52,200
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing (8) (8) $24.30 $50,540


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)
Kentucky 600 0.35 7.77 $19.63 $40,820
Oklahoma 520 0.35 7.73 $18.66 $38,820
West Virginia 450 0.66 14.68 $19.99 $41,580
Indiana 390 0.14 3.19 $20.37 $42,370
Arkansas 370 0.32 7.22 $16.52 $34,370




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 340 0.80 17.91 $23.59 $49,060
Wyoming 190 0.69 15.28 $24.22 $50,370
West Virginia 450 0.66 14.68 $19.99 $41,580
Kentucky 600 0.35 7.77 $19.63 $40,820
Oklahoma 520 0.35 7.73 $18.66 $38,820




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 200 0.18 4.08 $31.30 $65,100
Alaska 80 0.27 6.01 $29.07 $60,480
Wisconsin 70 0.03 0.56 $28.42 $59,120
Illinois 80 0.02 0.33 $28.07 $58,370
Texas 220 0.02 0.49 $26.43 $54,970

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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.07 1.47 $28.86 $60,040
Charleston, WV 90 0.65 14.37 $19.39 $40,340
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.14 3.07 $22.46 $46,720
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.14 $20.25 $42,120
Bangor, ME 40 0.70 15.50 $15.33 $31,890
Denver-Aurora, CO 40 0.03 0.71 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.25 $37.36 $77,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30 0.02 0.45 $28.04 $58,330




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)
Bangor, ME 40 0.70 15.50 $15.33 $31,890
Charleston, WV 90 0.65 14.37 $19.39 $40,340
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.14 3.07 $22.46 $46,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.07 1.47 $28.86 $60,040
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.14 $20.25 $42,120
Denver-Aurora, CO 40 0.03 0.71 (8) (8)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30 0.02 0.45 $28.04 $58,330
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.25 $37.36 $77,720




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-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.25 $37.36 $77,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.07 1.47 $28.86 $60,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 30 0.02 0.45 $28.04 $58,330
Salt Lake City, UT 80 0.14 3.07 $22.46 $46,720
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.14 $20.25 $42,120
Charleston, WV 90 0.65 14.37 $19.39 $40,340
Birmingham-Hoover, AL (8) (8) (8) $18.41 $38,300
Bangor, ME 40 0.70 15.50 $15.33 $31,890

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)
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 370 2.37 52.72 $20.28 $42,180
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 330 9.10 202.70 $23.54 $48,970
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 150 3.02 67.34 $29.87 $62,130
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 16.55 $25.41 $52,850
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 15.12 $21.15 $43,990

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 330 9.10 202.70 $23.54 $48,970
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 150 3.02 67.34 $29.87 $62,130
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 370 2.37 52.72 $20.28 $42,180
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 16.55 $25.41 $52,850
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 15.12 $21.15 $43,990

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 150 3.02 67.34 $29.87 $62,130
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 16.55 $25.41 $52,850
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 330 9.10 202.70 $23.54 $48,970
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.22 $44,140
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 15.12 $21.15 $43,990


About May 2010 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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