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Highest Paying Industries for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

The top 39 highest paying industries for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $66,760, research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences is the highest paying industry for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters. It is followed by scientific research and development services industry (average annual salary $66,760). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 39 Highest Paying Industries for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$66,760
60
2 Scientific Research and Development Services
$66,760
60
3 Metal Ore Mining
$65,450
n/a
4 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$63,500
2,120
5 Specialty Trade Contractors
$63,080
380
6 Other Specialty Trade Contractors
$63,070
380
7 Coal Mining
$61,080
330
8 Construction
$59,840
480
9 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$58,380
250
10 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$58,380
250
11 Mining
$58,250
3,600
12 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$57,850
160
13 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,360
840
14 Engineering Services
$55,400
520
15 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$55,280
520
16 Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$54,530
n/a
17 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$54,530
n/a
18 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,530
n/a
19 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$52,560
100
20 Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$50,870
50
21 Chemical Manufacturing
$50,700
50
22 Utility System Construction
$50,500
60
23 Support Activities for Mining
$50,430
1,480
24 Manufacturing
$49,590
500
25 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$47,590
480
26 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$47,360
480
27 Wholesale Trade
$46,770
570
28 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$45,710
250
29 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$42,450
80
30 Federal government, including USPS
$41,960
1,460
31 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$41,960
1,460
32 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$41,960
1,500
33 Administrative and Support Services
$39,570
230
34 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,570
230
35 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,270
100
36 Machinery Manufacturing
$29,630
180
37 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$29,270
170
38 Temporary Help Services
$28,900
30
39 Employment Services
$28,620
40
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