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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

49-9092 Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using surface-supplied air or scuba equipment 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 “Athletes and Sports Competitors” (27-2021), “Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers” (33-3051), and “Fishing and Hunting Workers” (45-3031).


National estimates for Commercial Divers
Industry profile for Commercial Divers
Geographic profile for Commercial Divers

National estimates for Commercial Divers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Commercial Divers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,670 13.7 % $ 39.43 $ 82,010 10.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Commercial Divers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.85 $ 22.66 $ 29.02 $ 55.45 $ 76.98
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,130 $ 47,120 $ 60,360 $ 115,330 $ 160,110


Industry profile for Commercial Divers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Commercial Divers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 1,350 0.48 $ 40.18 $ 83,580
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 800 0.66 $ 44.37 $ 92,290
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $ 35.49 $ 73,820
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.04 $ 25.92 $ 53,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Commercial Divers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 800 0.66 $ 44.37 $ 92,290
Other Support Services 1,350 0.48 $ 40.18 $ 83,580
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $ 16.42 $ 34,160
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.04 $ 25.92 $ 53,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $ 35.49 $ 73,820

Top paying industries for Commercial Divers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 800 0.66 $ 44.37 $ 92,290
Other Support Services 1,350 0.48 $ 40.18 $ 83,580
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 140 0.01 $ 35.49 $ 73,820
Building Equipment Contractors (8) (8) $ 33.59 $ 69,870
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.04 $ 25.92 $ 53,920


Geographic profile for Commercial Divers:

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



Map of employment of commercial divers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Commercial Divers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 490 0.06 3.01 $ 23.05 $ 47,940
Louisiana 350 0.19 10.28 $ 30.16 $ 62,730
Washington 180 0.06 2.97 $ 58.68 $ 122,050
New Jersey 150 0.04 2.12 $ 43.10 $ 89,660
Virginia 150 0.04 2.11 $ 28.78 $ 59,870


Map of location quotient of commercial divers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Commercial Divers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 350 0.19 10.28 $ 30.16 $ 62,730
Vermont 30 0.12 6.48 $ 22.47 $ 46,730
New Hampshire 50 0.09 4.52 $ 32.47 $ 67,540
Florida 490 0.06 3.01 $ 23.05 $ 47,940
Washington 180 0.06 2.97 $ 58.68 $ 122,050


Map of annual mean wages of commercial divers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Commercial Divers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California (8) (8) (8) $ 77.50 $ 161,210
Washington 180 0.06 2.97 $ 58.68 $ 122,050
New Jersey 150 0.04 2.12 $ 43.10 $ 89,660
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $ 39.07 $ 81,260
New Hampshire 50 0.09 4.52 $ 32.47 $ 67,540



Map of employment of commercial divers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Commercial Divers:

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 290 0.03 1.75 $ 52.95 $ 110,130
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.26 13.59 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 70 0.06 2.94 $ 22.91 $ 47,660
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30 0.01 0.69 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.14 7.47 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 30 0.01 0.54 $ 44.28 $ 92,100


Map of location quotient of commercial divers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Commercial Divers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.26 13.59 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.14 7.47 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 70 0.06 2.94 $ 22.91 $ 47,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 1.75 $ 52.95 $ 110,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30 0.01 0.69 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 30 0.01 0.54 $ 44.28 $ 92,100


Map of annual mean wages of commercial divers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Commercial Divers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 74.74 $ 155,470
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 290 0.03 1.75 $ 52.95 $ 110,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 30 0.01 0.54 $ 44.28 $ 92,100
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 30 0.01 0.69 $ 42.10 $ 87,570
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $ 38.55 $ 80,190
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 130 0.26 13.59 $ 31.66 $ 65,850
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC (8) (8) (8) $ 26.28 $ 54,660
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 30 0.14 7.47 $ 25.47 $ 52,970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 24.91 $ 51,810
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 70 0.06 2.94 $ 22.91 $ 47,660


About May 2021 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022