Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
3,480 10.1 % $26.32 $54,750 3.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.47 $17.06 $22.54 $29.30 $45.15
Annual Wage (2) $30,110 $35,490 $46,880 $60,950 $93,910


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 1.07 $28.97 $60,250
Support Activities for Water Transportation 70 0.08 $33.25 $69,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 (8) (8)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.03 $13.95 $29,030
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 0.00 $23.41 $48,700

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 1.07 $28.97 $60,250
Support Activities for Water Transportation 70 0.08 $33.25 $69,160
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 40 0.03 $13.95 $29,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 50 0.00 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 70 0.08 $33.25 $69,160
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,070 1.07 $28.97 $60,250
Other Support Services (8) (8) $24.38 $50,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 30 (7) $23.41 $48,700
Inland Water Transportation (8) (8) $17.37 $36,120


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 980 0.52 19.52 $23.48 $48,840
California 450 0.03 1.17 $34.39 $71,520
Texas 230 0.02 0.83 $24.67 $51,310
Connecticut 230 0.14 5.27 $25.09 $52,180
Florida 200 0.03 1.01 $17.46 $36,310




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 980 0.52 19.52 $23.48 $48,840
Connecticut 230 0.14 5.27 $25.09 $52,180
Washington 170 0.06 2.29 $38.91 $80,940
Tennessee 110 0.04 1.59 $17.71 $36,830
New Jersey 140 0.04 1.42 $34.78 $72,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 140 0.02 0.62 $40.43 $84,100
Washington 170 0.06 2.29 $38.91 $80,940
New Jersey 140 0.04 1.42 $34.78 $72,350
California 450 0.03 1.17 $34.39 $71,520
Virginia 120 0.03 1.28 $27.37 $56,930





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-Kenner, LA 410 0.79 29.64 $21.41 $44,530
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 1.84 $22.42 $46,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 3.06 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 110 0.15 5.76 $28.23 $58,710
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 2.98 (8) (8)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 7.13 $40.54 $84,330
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 1.43 $23.08 $48,000
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.43 $47.53 $98,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.17 $37.79 $78,610




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 410 0.79 29.64 $21.41 $44,530
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 7.13 $40.54 $84,330
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 110 0.15 5.76 $28.23 $58,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 3.06 (8) (8)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 2.98 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 1.84 $22.42 $46,630
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 1.43 $23.08 $48,000
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.43 $47.53 $98,860
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.17 $37.79 $78,610




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 1.43 $47.53 $98,860
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 7.13 $40.54 $84,330
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 1.17 $37.79 $78,610
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 110 0.15 5.76 $28.23 $58,710
St. Louis, MO-IL 50 0.04 1.43 $23.08 $48,000
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC (8) (8) (8) $22.47 $46,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 130 0.05 1.84 $22.42 $46,630
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 410 0.79 29.64 $21.41 $44,530
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA (8) (8) (8) $18.11 $37,670
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (8) (8) (8) $16.66 $34,660

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 41.75 $20.37 $42,370

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 41.75 $20.37 $42,370

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.12 41.75 $20.37 $42,370


About May 2012 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 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) 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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