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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,630
25th Percentile Wage
$41,600
50th Percentile Wage
$52,170
75th Percentile Wage
$67,110
90th Percentile Wage
$78,660

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 $78,660. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $52,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,630. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 127% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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 from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201652,1703.76%6.80%
201550,210-3.84%-
201452,1405.50%-
201349,2701.32%-
201248,620--

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 9 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 mining sector with an annual salary $64,890. The lowest paying sector is the federal, state, and local government sector (annual salary $43,780).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$64,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$55,460
Wholesale Trade
$51,420
Construction
$50,610
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$48,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,370
Manufacturing
$46,020
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,780

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 $37,750 to $75,180. The highest paying state for explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters is Washington with a median annual salary of $75,180. The lowest paying state is Georgia with a median annual salary of $37,750. 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
$75,180
Illinois
$72,650
Wyoming
$71,910
Alaska
$69,910
Nevada
$69,230
Louisiana
$69,070
Hawaii
$66,810
Michigan
$65,460
Connecticut
$65,200
California
$63,480
West Virginia
$58,120
Maryland
$57,170
Montana
$56,000
Tennessee
$55,170
North Carolina
$54,970
New Mexico
$51,680
Iowa
$50,870
Utah
$50,280
Virginia
$49,640
Alabama
$49,340
Arizona
$49,330
Pennsylvania
$47,810
Colorado
$44,250
Missouri
$43,260
Kentucky
$42,970
Indiana
$42,790
Oklahoma
$41,590
Wisconsin
$39,730
Texas
$39,720
Arkansas
$39,160
Georgia
$37,750


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