Potential Income For Commercial Divers
How much does Commercial Diving & Underwater Welding Pay?
A commercial divers career can be lucrative, but what determines your salary? Commercial Diving pay is ultimately based on three key aspects:
- The diver’s personal expertise
Commercial diving pay takes the individual’s level of skill into account. A fast, efficient, skilled diver will receive a salary corresponding to his or her expertise. As a result, diver’ salaries can increase rapidly as skill is demonstrated.
- The geographic location of the company
A commercial diver’s pay in Louisiana, for instance, will typically be less than a comparable job would receive in New York. There are two reasons for this: first, divers’ salaries may be influenced by union wages in one location and not in another. Second, the cost of living of the area usually influences salary levels across the board.
- The type and size of the company
Small commercial diving firms may have 1 to 5 crews, medium companies may have 8 to 12 crews, and large businesses may have 20 or more crews on staff. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the company, the more they can afford to pay.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Average Starting Salary for Graduates
Professional Commercial Diver (NJ) mean hourly wage $34.85 and Annual mean wage of $72,500.*
Given the above, you have a great deal of control over the pay you receive in your commercial diving career!