The average salary for an Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster is $50,421 per year.

$27,893 - $82,964
$28K
$50K
$83K
MEDIAN: $50,420
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$14.90 - $32.30
$15
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$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$27,893 - $82,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
Total Pay (?
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$29,235 - $82,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $32.30  
   
Overtime
$27.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,186  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,235 - $82,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster

Blasters - also known as explosives workers or ordnance handling experts - determine what sorts of explosives, and in what quantities, are necessary in order to carry out a job. Strong mathematical skills are important in this position to perform calculations, and the work is often carried out in order to clear areas for construction, mining, and other operations.

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Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster Tasks

  • Prepare explosives and safely secure the blast radius.
  • Detonate blasts and evaluate results to determine next steps.
  • Assess sites to determine quantity, type, and placement of explosives to remove rock or structures.

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Pay by Experience Level for Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Key Stats for Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Explosives Worker, Ordnance Handling Expert, or Blaster Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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