Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
3,380 9.5 % $28.59 $59,470 3.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.81 $18.19 $23.63 $32.00 $52.01
Annual Wage (2) $30,810 $37,840 $49,140 $66,570 $108,170


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 1,070 0.91 $32.81 $68,240
Other Support Services 1,030 0.33 $27.22 $56,610
Support Activities for Water Transportation 180 0.19 $30.35 $63,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 0.01 $21.26 $44,210
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.90 $51,790

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 1,070 0.91 $32.81 $68,240
Other Support Services 1,030 0.33 $27.22 $56,610
Support Activities for Water Transportation 180 0.19 $30.35 $63,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 120 0.01 $21.26 $44,210
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 0.00 $24.90 $51,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction (8) (8) $34.31 $71,360
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,070 0.91 $32.81 $68,240
Support Activities for Water Transportation 180 0.19 $30.35 $63,140
Other Support Services 1,030 0.33 $27.22 $56,610
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 50 (7) $24.90 $51,790


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 380 0.04 1.89 $21.01 $43,700
California 270 0.02 0.69 $33.92 $70,540
Texas 270 0.02 0.94 $24.10 $50,130
Louisiana 250 0.13 5.62 $22.46 $46,720
Alaska 150 0.48 20.36 $41.64 $86,600




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 150 0.48 20.36 $41.64 $86,600
New Hampshire 80 0.13 5.55 $36.30 $75,500
Louisiana 250 0.13 5.62 $22.46 $46,720
Alabama 90 0.05 1.95 $27.12 $56,410
Florida 380 0.04 1.89 $21.01 $43,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 150 0.48 20.36 $41.64 $86,600
Washington (8) (8) (8) $40.62 $84,480
New Jersey 80 0.02 0.81 $37.06 $77,080
New Hampshire 80 0.13 5.55 $36.30 $75,500
Connecticut (8) (8) (8) $34.81 $72,400





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 200 0.07 2.91 $24.62 $51,210
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.19 8.00 $28.31 $58,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 100 0.02 0.67 $40.56 $84,370
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 2.60 $26.99 $56,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.02 0.98 $33.85 $70,410
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.09 3.83 $28.77 $59,840
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 60 0.11 4.70 $22.59 $46,980
Anchorage, AK 60 0.33 14.30 $40.00 $83,210
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 60 0.02 0.93 $20.04 $41,670
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.45 19.34 $39.21 $81,550




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 0.45 19.34 $39.21 $81,550
Anchorage, AK 60 0.33 14.30 $40.00 $83,210
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.19 8.00 $28.31 $58,890
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 60 0.11 4.70 $22.59 $46,980
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.09 3.83 $28.77 $59,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 200 0.07 2.91 $24.62 $51,210
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 2.60 $26.99 $56,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.02 0.98 $33.85 $70,410
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 60 0.02 0.93 $20.04 $41,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 100 0.02 0.67 $40.56 $84,370




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 100 0.02 0.67 $40.56 $84,370
Anchorage, AK 60 0.33 14.30 $40.00 $83,210
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.45 19.34 $39.21 $81,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (8) (8) (8) $34.09 $70,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.02 0.98 $33.85 $70,410
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $33.79 $70,280
Jacksonville, FL 60 0.09 3.83 $28.77 $59,840
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $28.71 $59,710
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.19 8.00 $28.31 $58,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 2.60 $26.99 $56,130

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 0.55 23.46 $17.95 $37,340

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 0.55 23.46 $17.95 $37,340

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.65 $88,700
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 23.46 $17.95 $37,340


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019