Commercial Diver Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Commercial Divers earn an average of $22.41 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although the larger part have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, one-third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,187 - $122,554
$28K
$57K
$120K
MEDIAN: $57,474
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$16.21 - $40.79
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$41
MEDIAN: $22.41
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$0$122K
Salary $28,187 - $122,554
Bonus $1,977
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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$33,304 - $117,115
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 38
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $16.21 - $40.79
Overtime $21.58 - $62.88
Annual Data $0$117K
Bonus $1,977
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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$33,304 - $117,115
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 85

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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.

Commercial Diver Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Commercial Diver

Pay by Experience for a Commercial Diver has a positive trend. An entry-level Commercial Diver with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 73 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Commercial Diver with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Commercial Diver which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 38 salaries. A Commercial Diver with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 15 salaries.

Commercial Diver Reviews

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

Commercial Diver in Largo:
"Hard work, long hours."
Pros: Consistency, new learning opportunities.
Cons: Irregular hours, heavy lifting.

Commercial Diver in Stevensville:
Pros:
Cons: Long hours, no flexibility, always on the road, dangerous work, always in weather,

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
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Commercial Diver Salaries

Experienced
▲47%

Mid-Career
▲14%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 34%
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