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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
3,420 11.8 % $32.26 $67,100 5.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.61 $19.47 $24.03 $33.18 $57.61
Annual Wage (2) $32,470 $40,490 $49,980 $69,020 $119,830


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)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,260 1.03 $33.31 $69,280
Other Support Services 1,240 0.38 $35.77 $74,390
Support Activities for Water Transportation 100 0.11 $32.61 $67,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.00 $26.73 $55,600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $22.54 $46,880

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 1,260 1.03 $33.31 $69,280
Other Support Services 1,240 0.38 $35.77 $74,390
Support Activities for Water Transportation 100 0.11 $32.61 $67,820
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $22.54 $46,880
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 70 0.00 $26.73 $55,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 1,240 0.38 $35.77 $74,390
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,260 1.03 $33.31 $69,280
Support Activities for Water Transportation 100 0.11 $32.61 $67,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $31.16 $64,820
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $30.60 $63,650


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)
Florida 390 0.04 1.90 $25.79 $53,630
California 390 0.02 0.95 (8) (8)
Texas 250 0.02 0.87 $28.63 $59,560
Louisiana 210 0.11 4.65 $24.79 $51,560
Virginia 180 0.05 2.01 $28.08 $58,410




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)
Alaska 70 0.21 8.93 $37.13 $77,220
New Hampshire 90 0.14 5.96 $36.04 $74,960
Vermont 40 0.13 5.38 $30.87 $64,210
Louisiana 210 0.11 4.65 $24.79 $51,560
Virginia 180 0.05 2.01 $28.08 $58,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 90 0.03 1.17 $65.52 $136,290
New York 120 0.01 0.55 $41.46 $86,230
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $38.05 $79,140
Alaska 70 0.21 8.93 $37.13 $77,220
New Hampshire 90 0.14 5.96 $36.04 $74,960





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.58 $40.76 $84,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 110 0.04 1.52 $28.07 $58,390
Jacksonville, FL 100 0.15 6.24 $25.36 $52,740
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 100 0.07 2.82 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 80 0.10 4.44 $28.33 $58,920
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 70 0.05 2.27 $17.75 $36,930
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.23 9.76 $84.33 $175,420
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 50 0.02 0.73 $31.35 $65,210
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.37 16.04 $39.45 $82,050




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)
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.37 16.04 $39.45 $82,050
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.23 9.76 $84.33 $175,420
Jacksonville, FL 100 0.15 6.24 $25.36 $52,740
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 80 0.10 4.44 $28.33 $58,920
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 100 0.07 2.82 (8) (8)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 70 0.05 2.27 $17.75 $36,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 110 0.04 1.52 $28.07 $58,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 50 0.02 0.73 $31.35 $65,210
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.58 $40.76 $84,780




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)
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 50 0.23 9.76 $84.33 $175,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $52.47 $109,130
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 130 0.01 0.58 $40.76 $84,780
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.37 16.04 $39.45 $82,050
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $34.72 $72,230
Austin-Round Rock, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.88 $68,380
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 50 0.02 0.73 $31.35 $65,210
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $28.94 $60,190
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 80 0.10 4.44 $28.33 $58,920
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 110 0.04 1.52 $28.07 $58,390

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)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 27.11 (8) (8)

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)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 27.11 (8) (8)


About May 2019 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 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:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020