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Commercial Diver Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Commercial Divers earn an average of $23.93 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a majority have medical coverage and just over two-fifths have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Commercial Divers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,741 - $126,045
(Median)
$34K
$61K
$130K
MEDIAN: $61,277
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$14.55 - $52.47
(Median)
$15
$24
$52
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$33,741 - $126,045  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,901  
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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$34,242 - $142,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $52.47  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $77.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,901  
   
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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$34,242 - $142,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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Job Description for Commercial Diver

  • 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.
  • Know the routine and emergency procedures.
  • Undertake dives and other duties as directed by the Supervisor.
  • Report any medical problem or symptoms experienced during or after the 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Commercial Divers. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $51K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. Commercial Divers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $85K. Commercial Divers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

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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.

 
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Experience Affects Commercial Diver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 36%

National Average
$63,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 31%
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