Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
3,370 10.3 % $25.96 $53,990 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.76 $18.03 $23.60 $29.62 $40.26
Annual Wage (2) $30,700 $37,510 $49,090 $61,610 $83,730


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 Support Services 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 70 0.04 $15.46 $32,150

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 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Other Support Services 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 70 0.04 $15.46 $32,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Other Support Services 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $17.50 $36,400


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 750 0.39 16.31 $24.81 $51,610
Florida 400 0.05 2.03 $23.37 $48,600
Texas 290 0.02 1.01 $24.27 $50,470
Washington 230 0.07 3.12 (8) (8)
Michigan 200 0.05 1.94 $25.47 $52,970




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 750 0.39 16.31 $24.81 $51,610
Alaska 100 0.32 13.40 (8) (8)
Washington 230 0.07 3.12 (8) (8)
Michigan 200 0.05 1.94 $25.47 $52,970
Florida 400 0.05 2.03 $23.37 $48,600




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 80 0.02 0.86 $44.15 $91,840
New York (8) (8) (8) $38.21 $79,470
New Hampshire (8) (8) (8) $27.87 $57,980
Virginia 170 0.04 1.85 $26.48 $55,090
Michigan 200 0.05 1.94 $25.47 $52,970





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 Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.61 25.30 $22.18 $46,130
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 250 0.08 3.52 $24.08 $50,080
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.18 7.61 $28.39 $59,040
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.63 26.26 $23.54 $48,970
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.03 1.38 $40.85 $84,960
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 3.38 (8) (8)




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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.63 26.26 $23.54 $48,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.61 25.30 $22.18 $46,130
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.18 7.61 $28.39 $59,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 250 0.08 3.52 $24.08 $50,080
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.08 3.38 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.03 1.38 $40.85 $84,960




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)
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 50 0.03 1.38 $40.85 $84,960
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 140 0.18 7.61 $28.39 $59,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 250 0.08 3.52 $24.08 $50,080
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 60 0.63 26.26 $23.54 $48,970
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.61 25.30 $22.18 $46,130


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017