Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
6,540 5.9 % $24.19 $50,310 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.02 $19.18 $23.69 $28.19 $33.56
Annual Wage (2) $33,330 $39,890 $49,270 $58,630 $69,810


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) 1,430 0.07 $21.12 $43,920
Support Activities for Mining 1,270 0.32 $24.73 $51,440
Metal Ore Mining 820 1.82 $24.88 $51,740
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 620 0.11 $27.16 $56,490
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 400 0.32 $24.80 $51,590

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 820 1.82 $24.88 $51,740
Coal Mining 360 0.45 $26.67 $55,470
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 400 0.32 $24.80 $51,590
Support Activities for Mining 1,270 0.32 $24.73 $51,440
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 290 0.32 $21.98 $45,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $30.67 $63,790
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing (8) (8) $28.38 $59,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 110 0.01 $27.35 $56,890
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 620 0.11 $27.16 $56,490
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 330 0.02 $26.68 $55,500


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 570 0.05 1.06 $21.51 $44,730
Nevada 530 0.46 9.26 $27.01 $56,190
Oklahoma 440 0.28 5.73 $20.70 $43,060
Montana 430 0.99 19.99 $26.72 $55,590
Indiana 400 0.14 2.82 $20.92 $43,520




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 430 0.99 19.99 $26.72 $55,590
Wyoming 250 0.89 18.11 $27.55 $57,310
Nevada 530 0.46 9.26 $27.01 $56,190
Oklahoma 440 0.28 5.73 $20.70 $43,060
Alaska 90 0.27 5.48 $30.51 $63,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 60 0.01 0.22 $35.66 $74,170
Washington (8) (8) (8) $31.36 $65,220
Wisconsin 160 0.06 1.21 $30.74 $63,940
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $30.59 $63,620
Alaska 90 0.27 5.48 $30.51 $63,460





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 110 0.05 0.97 $25.61 $53,270
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.20 4.15 $23.03 $47,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 100 0.05 1.09 $19.95 $41,500
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 90 0.10 2.08 $21.06 $43,810
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.10 1.94 $24.57 $51,100
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.29 $37.56 $78,120
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.05 1.10 $19.34 $40,220




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 100 0.20 4.15 $23.03 $47,910
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 90 0.10 2.08 $21.06 $43,810
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.10 1.94 $24.57 $51,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.97 $25.61 $53,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 100 0.05 1.09 $19.95 $41,500
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 40 0.05 1.10 $19.34 $40,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.29 $37.56 $78,120




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 50 0.01 0.29 $37.56 $78,120
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI (8) (8) (8) $31.53 $65,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.97 $25.61 $53,270
Salt Lake City, UT 60 0.10 1.94 $24.57 $51,100
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO (8) (8) (8) $24.21 $50,350
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $23.75 $49,400
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 100 0.20 4.15 $23.03 $47,910
Kansas City, MO-KS (8) (8) (8) $22.04 $45,840
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 90 0.10 2.08 $21.06 $43,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 100 0.05 1.09 $19.95 $41,500

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 390 6.92 140.22 $26.36 $54,820
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 370 2.28 46.13 $20.14 $41,890
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 340 2.10 42.47 $20.59 $42,830
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 4.40 89.07 $27.79 $57,800
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 18.30 $21.64 $45,010

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 390 6.92 140.22 $26.36 $54,820
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 4.40 89.07 $27.79 $57,800
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 370 2.28 46.13 $20.14 $41,890
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 340 2.10 42.47 $20.59 $42,830
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 18.30 $21.64 $45,010

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 11.69 $30.17 $62,760
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.47 $59,230
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 210 4.40 89.07 $27.79 $57,800
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 6.71 $27.23 $56,640
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 390 6.92 140.22 $26.36 $54,820


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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