How Much Does An Explosives Worker Make?

Explosives workers do just that: They explode everything. They don’t exactly blow up objects for no reason. The work they do is beneficial because they destroy buildings that are already hazardous because the integrity of the structure has already been compromised.

They may also work in construction sites or oil rigs. The work they do can be dangerous but explosives workers are paid quite decently for their efforts.

Average Explosives Worker Annual Salary

$54,580

The average annual salary for explosives workers is $54,580 a year. Salaries start at $34,630 a year and go up to $78,660 a year.

Average Explosives Worker Hourly Wage

$26.24

The average hourly wage for a explosives worker is $26.24. Hourly wages were between $16.65 and $37.82 an hour.

Stats were based out of 6,310 employed explosives workers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Explosives Worker

$78,660/year $37.82/hour

(Top 10% of Explosives Workers)


Senior Explosives Worker

$67,110/year $32.26/hour

(Top 25% of Explosives Workers)


Mid Level Explosives Worker

$52,170/year $25.08/hour

(Median)


Junior Explosives Worker

$41,600/year $20.00/hour

(Bottom 25% of Explosives Workers)


Entry Level Explosives Worker

$34,630/year $16.65/hour

(Bottom 10% of Explosives Workers)


Explosives Worker Average Salary Comparison

Roof Bolters, Mining
$58k / year
$27 / hour
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Continuous Mining Machine Operators
$52k / year
$25 / hour
Extraction Workers, All Other
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
$50k / year
$24 / hour
Mining Machine Operators, All Other
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Explosives Workers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Explosives Workers

Explosives Worker Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Illinois $33.72 $70,140
#2 Wyoming $33.60 $69,880
#3 Nevada $33.22 $69,100
#4 New York $31.68 $65,890
#5 Massachusetts $30.34 $63,120
#6 California $30.34 $63,110
#7 Louisiana $29.83 $62,040
#8 New Hampshire $29.71 $61,790
#9 West Virginia $27.95 $58,140
#10 Tennessee $27.56 $57,320
#11 Minnesota $27.54 $57,280
#12 Maryland $27.28 $56,740
#13 Alabama $27.25 $56,680
#14 New Mexico $26.97 $56,110
#15 North Carolina $26.13 $54,360
#16 Iowa $24.68 $51,340
#17 Pennsylvania $24.40 $50,750
#18 Virginia $24.26 $50,470
#19 Florida $24.00 $49,920
#20 Utah $23.47 $48,810
#21 Arizona $23.33 $48,530
#22 Wisconsin $22.80 $47,410
#23 Missouri $22.24 $46,260
#24 Indiana $21.94 $45,630
#25 Kentucky $21.82 $45,390
#26 Oklahoma $20.86 $43,390
#27 Texas $19.89 $41,370
#28 Georgia $19.88 $41,340
#29 Arkansas $19.23 $40,000

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Explosives Worker

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