Commercial Diver Salary

Male Commercial Divers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $23.39 per hour in the United States. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Commercial Divers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,319 - $118,359
$29K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $59,185
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$16.13 - $48.68
$16
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$49
MEDIAN: $23.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,319 - $118,359  
   
Bonus
$2,048  
Total Pay (?
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$35,013 - $117,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $48.68  
   
Overtime
$20.65 - $60.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,048  
   
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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$35,013 - $117,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97

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Job Description for Commercial Diver

A commercial diver works below the surface of water to repair, inspect, remove and install structures or equipment. It is a underwater industrial construction position and may use a variety of power and hand tools such as torches, welding equipment and drills. Duties commonly performed by a commercial diver include carrying out tests for pipe leaks; inspecting, cleaning and repairing piping valves; and performing bridge inspection, repair and construction. They may also inspect ships, docks and sewers, as well as salvage wrecked ships, conduct rock drilling, provide seismic surveying and assist in search and rescue activities. Other duties including operating underwater video, sonar and/or other recording equipment.

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Commercial Diver Tasks

  • Undertake dives and other duties as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Report any medical problem or symptoms experienced during or after the dive.
  • Know the routine and emergency procedures.
  • Ensure full understanding of the dive plan and is competent to carry out the planned task.
  • Ensure that personal diving equipment is working correctly and is suitable for the planned dive.

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Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Diver

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Commercial Divers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $60K on average.

Commercial Diver Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Commercial Diver?

Commercial Diver in Lafayette:
"Not For The Weak Mentally Or Physically."
Will excel if savvy at construction, mathematics. Must not be claustrophobic and can handle pressure and time constraints well. Have the ability to work alone in dark environments while keeping tracked of numerous things.

Key Stats for Commercial Diver

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Commercial Diver Salaries

Experienced
▲35%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Late-Career
▲1%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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