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Explosives Worker, Ordinance Handling Expert and Blaster Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

  Pay Period Low Median High
  Hourly $13.78 $19.18 $27.01
  Annual $28,700 $39,900 $56,200
  • “High” indicates 90% of workers earn less and 10% earn more.
  • “Median” indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
  • “Low” indicates 10% of workers earn less and 90% earn more.
  • “N/A” indicates the data is not available.

Notes: The yearly wage data presented above represents U.S. workers who are employed full-time with year-round schedules.

Occupation Description

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Include seismograph shooters. Exclude “Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas” who may also work with explosives.