Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
5,210 4.1 % $22.62 $47,040 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.61 $18.18 $21.81 $26.35 $30.83
Annual Wage (2) $32,460 $37,810 $45,370 $54,800 $64,120


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) 1,660 0.08 $20.63 $42,900
Support Activities for Mining 800 0.25 $22.69 $47,200
Metal Ore Mining 660 1.73 $23.65 $49,200
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 390 0.07 $24.68 $51,320
Coal Mining 330 0.40 $24.84 $51,660

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 660 1.73 $23.65 $49,200
Coal Mining 330 0.40 $24.84 $51,660
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 300 0.33 $19.59 $40,750
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 320 0.26 $23.89 $49,690
Support Activities for Mining 800 0.25 $22.69 $47,200

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) $29.06 $60,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction (8) (8) $27.59 $57,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $26.38 $54,880
Coal Mining 330 0.40 $24.84 $51,660
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 390 0.07 $24.68 $51,320


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 480 0.28 6.85 $20.16 $41,930
Oklahoma 460 0.31 7.59 $19.55 $40,670
Indiana 400 0.15 3.60 $20.27 $42,170
Montana 370 0.86 21.18 $24.06 $50,040
Arkansas 290 0.26 6.35 $17.14 $35,650




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 370 0.86 21.18 $24.06 $50,040
Wyoming 190 0.71 17.49 $26.25 $54,600
Oklahoma 460 0.31 7.59 $19.55 $40,670
Alaska 90 0.30 7.44 $28.86 $60,040
Kentucky 480 0.28 6.85 $20.16 $41,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wisconsin (8) (8) (8) $29.48 $61,320
Alaska 90 0.30 7.44 $28.86 $60,040
Illinois 80 0.01 0.35 $28.49 $59,260
Nevada 270 0.25 6.08 $27.90 $58,030
New Mexico 80 0.10 2.56 $27.31 $56,810





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 0.06 1.60 $26.57 $55,270
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.52 $21.18 $44,050
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 3.70 $22.87 $47,570
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.84 $25.84 $53,740
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.26 $20.54 $42,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.24 $39.04 $81,190




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)
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.52 $21.18 $44,050
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 3.70 $22.87 $47,570
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.84 $25.84 $53,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.60 $26.57 $55,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.26 $20.54 $42,720
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.24 $39.04 $81,190




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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 40 0.01 0.24 $39.04 $81,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.60 $26.57 $55,270
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 60 0.07 1.84 $25.84 $53,740
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.15 3.70 $22.87 $47,570
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.22 5.52 $21.18 $44,050
Kansas City, MO-KS 50 0.05 1.26 $20.54 $42,720
Charleston, WV (8) (8) (8) $16.57 $34,460

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)
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 400 2.51 61.93 $20.03 $41,660
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 370 2.37 58.31 $20.14 $41,880
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 350 9.77 240.72 $23.94 $49,790
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 230 4.22 104.02 $28.27 $58,790
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 220 1.45 35.73 $20.11 $41,820

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 350 9.77 240.72 $23.94 $49,790
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 230 4.22 104.02 $28.27 $58,790
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.08 75.87 $26.15 $54,390
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 400 2.51 61.93 $20.03 $41,660
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 370 2.37 58.31 $20.14 $41,880

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 230 4.22 104.02 $28.27 $58,790
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 150 3.08 75.87 $26.15 $54,390
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 4.23 $24.42 $50,780
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 350 9.77 240.72 $23.94 $49,790
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 11.76 $22.93 $47,690


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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