Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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. Exclude "Fishers and Related Fishing Workers" (45-3011), "Athletes and Sports Competitors" (27-2021), and "Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers" (33-3051).

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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)
2,660 23.4 % $18.13 $37,700 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.15 $13.43 $16.38 $20.57 $28.39
Annual Wage (2) $23,190 $27,930 $34,070 $42,790 $59,050

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other support services 450 $22.40 $46,600
Other heavy construction 310 $17.90 $37,230
Highway, street, and bridge construction 220 $17.15 $35,670
Architectural and engineering services 200 $20.43 $42,490
General medical and surgical hospitals 50 $14.30 $29,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other support services 450 $22.40 $46,600
Architectural and engineering services 200 $20.43 $42,490
Support activities for water transportation 50 $20.16 $41,940
Other heavy construction 310 $17.90 $37,230
Amusement parks and arcades (7) $17.46 $36,310

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Louisiana 160 $17.38 $36,160 0.009%
Florida 240 $20.51 $42,660 0.003%
South Carolina 30 $14.38 $29,900 0.002%
California 170 $20.11 $41,820 0.001%
New York 60 $22.56 $46,920 0.001%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii (7) $27.68 $57,580 (7)
Illinois (7) $22.60 $47,010 (7)
New York 60 $22.56 $46,920 0.001%
Florida 240 $20.51 $42,660 0.003%
California 170 $20.11 $41,820 0.001%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 40 $19.78 $41,140 0.001%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Honolulu, HI MSA (7) $28.19 $58,640 (7)
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 40 $19.78 $41,140 0.001%
Houston, TX PMSA (7) $17.30 $35,980 (7)
Orlando, FL MSA (7) $13.75 $28,600 (7)

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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