Salary for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Also known as:  Blast Setter, Blaster, Dynamite Shooter, Dynamiter, Explosive Ordnance Handler, Explosive Technician, Tier and Detonator, Unexploded Ordnance Quality Control Worker

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The main duty of this employee is to place and/or detonate explosives. This is usually done in order to demolish a building, loosen rock or structure or to remove or displace rocks, minerals or other items. These employees work in dangerous conditions with heavy equipment and machinery, so many precautions must be taken while on the job. To become an explosives worker, ordinance handling expert or blaster, a high school diploma or GED is usually required. Job training is sometimes completed on-site, but some employers do prefer that their employees complete an apprenticeship program before beginning work.

An Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster receives a wage ranging between 32000 to 48000 based on education and experience. Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters earn wages of Forty Seven Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters can receive the highest pay in Connecticut, where they can earn average pay scales of near $59350. These employees can make the highest salaries in Construction, where they can receive average pay of $58930.

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ANNUAL SALARY
HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.01 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $58,930
Construction $50,620
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $48,360
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $46,590
Wholesale Trade $46,020
Manufacturing $43,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Manufacturing $43,450
Wholesale Trade $46,020
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $46,590
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $48,360
Construction $50,620
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $58,930
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