Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

49-9092 Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life. Exclude "Fishers and Related Fishing Workers" (45-3011), "Athletes and Sports Competitors" (27-2021), and "Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers" (33-3051).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,030 17.7 % $27.91 $58,060 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.63 $18.53 $25.26 $33.25 $45.25
Annual Wage (2) $32,510 $38,540 $52,540 $69,160 $94,130


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other Support Services 900 $30.56 $63,560
Support Activities for Mining 610 $28.58 $59,440
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 340 $30.82 $64,110
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 $20.90 $43,470
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 100 $27.02 $56,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Utility System Construction (8) $32.37 $67,330
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 340 $30.82 $64,110
Other Support Services 900 $30.56 $63,560
Support Activities for Mining 610 $28.58 $59,440
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 100 $27.02 $56,210


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 1,350 $28.33 $58,920 0.719
Alaska 70 (8) (8) 0.234
Hawaii 70 $20.51 $42,670 0.113
Michigan 180 (8) (8) 0.047
Texas 340 $28.63 $59,550 0.033

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 140 $39.76 $82,690 0.010
New Jersey 120 $39.47 $82,090 0.030
Texas 340 $28.63 $59,550 0.033
Louisiana 1,350 $28.33 $58,920 0.719
Missouri 60 $26.00 $54,070 0.021


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 70 $29.28 $60,910 0.696
Anchorage, AK 50 $31.51 $65,540 0.331
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 $40.12 $83,450 0.174
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 140 $22.28 $46,330 0.159
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 $36.46 $75,840 0.057

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 $40.12 $83,450 0.174
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 150 $36.46 $75,840 0.057
Anchorage, AK 50 $31.51 $65,540 0.331
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 70 $29.28 $60,910 0.696
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) $28.95 $60,210 (8)


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010