A pyrotechnician makes anywhere from $30 to $80 per hour. Some work for major attractions that use pyrotechnics everyday, and others work on a contract basis for special events.
Those interested in a pyrotechnician career will go through an apprenticeship program. The level of pyrotechnics they work with, and they pay they receive, depends on the level of certifications they have.
These professionals work with explosives, mostly fireworks, for holidays and other events. Others work in the movie and television industry, creating special effects. Strong knowledge of explosives is required as well as continuing education in the technology end of the industry.