Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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. Excludes "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
Geographic 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)
3,720 12.4 % $27.12 $56,400 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.33 $18.24 $24.69 $32.29 $43.06
Annual Wage (2) $31,890 $37,940 $51,360 $67,160 $89,560


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 570 0.21 $28.67 $59,630
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 550 0.56 $31.78 $66,100
Support Activities for Water Transportation 170 0.20 $21.03 $43,750
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.04 $25.41 $52,860
Utility System Construction 60 0.02 $31.59 $65,700

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 550 0.56 $31.78 $66,100
Support Activities for Mining 570 0.21 $28.67 $59,630
Support Activities for Water Transportation 170 0.20 $21.03 $43,750
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.04 $25.41 $52,860
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.03 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 550 0.56 $31.78 $66,100
Utility System Construction 60 0.02 $31.59 $65,700
Support Activities for Mining 570 0.21 $28.67 $59,630
Other Support Services (8) (8) $27.04 $56,230
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 110 0.04 $25.41 $52,860


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 1,660 0.91 30.94 $26.84 $55,830
Texas 380 0.04 1.30 $26.66 $55,450
California 250 0.02 0.62 $36.78 $76,500
Florida 200 0.03 0.99 $21.35 $44,420
Michigan 140 0.04 1.30 (8) (8)




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 1,660 0.91 30.94 $26.84 $55,830
Alaska 50 0.16 5.61 $27.30 $56,780
Hawaii 30 0.06 2.09 $29.29 $60,930
Washington 130 0.05 1.64 $30.83 $64,130
Texas 380 0.04 1.30 $26.66 $55,450




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 50 0.01 0.41 $37.99 $79,010
California 250 0.02 0.62 $36.78 $76,500
New York (8) (8) (8) $32.09 $66,750
Washington 130 0.05 1.64 $30.83 $64,130
Hawaii 30 0.06 2.09 $29.29 $60,930

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.16 5.30 $21.56 $44,840
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 70 0.05 1.81 $23.43 $48,740
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 6.50 $41.00 $85,280
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 2.60 $22.43 $46,660
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.40 13.74 $54.65 $113,660
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 5.57 $31.43 $65,370




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.40 13.74 $54.65 $113,660
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 6.50 $41.00 $85,280
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 5.57 $31.43 $65,370
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 130 0.16 5.30 $21.56 $44,840
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 2.60 $22.43 $46,660
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 70 0.05 1.81 $23.43 $48,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.40 13.74 $54.65 $113,660
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.19 6.50 $41.00 $85,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.01 $66,580
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 5.57 $31.43 $65,370
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA (8) (8) (8) $29.26 $60,850
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $28.27 $58,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $27.45 $57,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 70 0.05 1.81 $23.43 $48,740
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 50 0.08 2.60 $22.43 $46,660
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $22.06 $45,890

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 420 3.18 108.66 $24.73 $51,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 420 3.18 108.66 $24.73 $51,430

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 420 3.18 108.66 $24.73 $51,430


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011