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
$36,440
25th Percentile Wage
$46,010
50th Percentile Wage
$64,890
75th Percentile Wage
$75,250
90th Percentile Wage
$81,040

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 $81,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $64,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is $36,440.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in the industry sector of mining from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201664,89013.85%21.37%
201555,900-4.20%-
201458,25012.91%-
201350,730-0.57%-
201251,020--

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 $71,630. The lowest paying industry is the support activities for mining industry (annual salary $47,510). 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
$71,630
Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$68,900
Coal Mining
$64,820
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$47,950
Support Activities for Mining
$47,510
Support Activities for Mining
$47,510

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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