Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Salary in Sector of Mining

The salary statistics of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in the industry sector of mining are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare explosives worker, ordnance handling experts, and blasters salaries in different industries within the mining sector.

Average Annual Salary of Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,840
25th Percentile Wage
$40,560
50th Percentile Wage
$56,660
75th Percentile Wage
$72,770
90th Percentile Wage
$81,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in the industry sector of mining. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is $81,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $56,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is $32,840.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in the industry sector of mining from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$56,660
-14.53% 9.95%
2016
$64,890
13.85% -
2015
$55,900
-4.20% -
2014
$58,250
12.91% -
2013
$50,730
-0.57% -
2012
$51,020
- -

Compare Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Salary in Different Industries within the Mining Sector

The average salaries of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in six industries in the mining sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for explosives worker, ordnance handling experts, and blasters occupations is the metal ore mining industry with an annual salary $72,360. The lowest paying industry is the support activities for mining industry (annual salary $38,540). For detailed explosives worker, ordnance handling experts, and blasters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Metal Ore Mining
$72,360
Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$67,890
Coal Mining
$64,520
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$48,870
Support Activities for Mining
$38,540
Support Activities for Mining
$38,540

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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