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Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Salary Information

The salary statistics of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,320
25th Percentile Wage
$40,290
50th Percentile Wage
$49,650
75th Percentile Wage
$62,790
90th Percentile Wage
$76,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is $76,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,320. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 123% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$49,650
-5.08% 2.07%
2016
$52,170
3.76% -
2015
$50,210
-3.84% -
2014
$52,140
5.50% -
2013
$49,270
1.32% -
2012
$48,620
- -

Table 2. Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $61,420. The lowest paying sector is the transportation and warehousing sector (annual salary $34,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,420
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$59,020
Mining
$56,660
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,190
Construction
$51,570
Wholesale Trade
$49,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,770
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,300
Manufacturing
$41,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$34,120

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters by States

From the above tables we note that not only explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $25,260 to $104,320. The highest paying state for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is Washington with a median annual salary of $104,320. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $25,260. For more salary information of explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$104,320
Montana
$73,710
Nevada
$73,190
New York
$69,800
Wyoming
$69,380
Michigan
$65,460
Connecticut
$65,200
California
$64,920
New Mexico
$63,680
Maryland
$62,680
Massachusetts
$61,770
New Hampshire
$60,560
Illinois
$59,540
Minnesota
$57,760
Hawaii
$57,420
Alaska
$57,400
North Carolina
$56,770
Idaho
$55,550
Wisconsin
$54,490
Florida
$52,990
Arizona
$52,180
Pennsylvania
$51,220
Utah
$50,980
Virginia
$48,620
Missouri
$48,350
Alabama
$47,650
Ohio
$47,170
Georgia
$46,750
West Virginia
$46,600
Iowa
$46,150
Louisiana
$45,590
Kentucky
$44,450
Colorado
$44,250
Indiana
$43,840
Oklahoma
$42,580
Arkansas
$40,090
Texas
$39,010
Tennessee
$37,030
Mississippi
$25,260



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