Commercial Diver Salary

A sizeable majority of Commercial Divers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $23.57 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Commercial Divers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just under a half claim dental coverage as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,327 - $122,237
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$32K
$61K
$120K
MEDIAN: $60,517
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$14.53 - $51.60
(Median)
$15
$24
$52
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$32,327 - $122,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,916  
Total Pay (?
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$32,740 - $133,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $51.60  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $64.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,916  
   
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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$32,740 - $133,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Commercial Divers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Commercial Divers make a median salary of $85K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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 64%

Experienced
up arrow 37%

National Average
$62,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 33%
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