The average hourly pay for a Blaster is $17.30.
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What Do Blasters Do?
Blasters work with large machinery in a rather risky position, as they must examine the strength needed to blast surfaces such as buildings, quarries, and underground mines.
Blasters typically mark areas and drilling holes before the actual blast occurs. They then pack these holes with explosives (ranging from dynamite to black powder) to compact a charge, and connect a wire from the explosives to a plunger that will detonate when a button is pushed. This work is typically performed outdoors in…Read more
- Detonate explosives to destroy structures and loosen and move heavy materials.
- Keep records of blasts and an inventory of explosives and blast devices.
- Operate supplemental power equipment, such as drills and jackhammers.
- Insert explosives manually into intended area of demolition.
- Calculate amount and type of explosive, blast pattern, and blast intensity to employ based on structure analysis.
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What Are Popular Skills for Blasters?
Skills in Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning and Abrasive Blasting.
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Blasters?
An entry-level Blaster with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.08 based on 43 salaries. An early career Blaster with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.97 based on 81 salaries. A mid-career Blaster with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.58 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Blaster with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.67 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $21.
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