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Commercial Diver Salary (United States)

Commercial Divers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.27 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Commercial Diver Salary (?
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$32,209 - $133,955
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MEDIAN: $60,678
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Commercial Diver Salary (?
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$14.84 - $52.35
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$32,209 - $133,955  
   
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$0.00 - $7,035  
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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$32,596 - $152,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $52.35  
   
Overtime
$23.33 - $77.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,035  
   
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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$32,596 - $152,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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.
For many Commercial Divers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $52K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Commercial Divers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Commercial Divers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $102K.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$62,000
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Miami
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Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Commercial Diver Advice

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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
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Experienced
up arrow 41%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$62,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
female alumni
 
Male
100%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 28%