Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
3,450 13.4 % $26.27 $54,640 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.58 $18.43 $24.26 $29.90 $42.53
Annual Wage (2) $30,320 $38,330 $50,470 $62,190 $88,470


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 1,910 0.64 $25.46 $52,950
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 700 0.64 $26.27 $54,630
Support Activities for Water Transportation 140 0.15 $30.37 $63,170
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $40.59 $84,430
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 30 0.02 $15.75 $32,760

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 Support Services 1,910 0.64 $25.46 $52,950
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 700 0.64 $26.27 $54,630
Support Activities for Water Transportation 140 0.15 $30.37 $63,170
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 30 0.02 $15.75 $32,760
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 90 0.01 $40.59 $84,430

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 90 0.01 $40.59 $84,430
Support Activities for Water Transportation 140 0.15 $30.37 $63,170
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 700 0.64 $26.27 $54,630
Other Specialty Trade Contractors (8) (8) $25.78 $53,620
Other Support Services 1,910 0.64 $25.46 $52,950


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 740 0.38 15.35 $23.98 $49,890
Florida 300 0.04 1.53 $26.27 $54,640
Texas 290 0.03 1.02 $23.01 $47,860
Virginia 150 0.04 1.66 $27.77 $57,770
California 150 0.01 0.39 (8) (8)




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 740 0.38 15.35 $23.98 $49,890
Vermont 40 0.12 4.69 $24.58 $51,120
Washington 150 0.05 1.98 (8) (8)
Virginia 150 0.04 1.66 $27.77 $57,770
Florida 300 0.04 1.53 $26.27 $54,640




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 60 0.01 0.27 $40.84 $84,940
New Jersey 70 0.02 0.68 $40.42 $84,080
Virginia 150 0.04 1.66 $27.77 $57,770
Florida 300 0.04 1.53 $26.27 $54,640
Vermont 40 0.12 4.69 $24.58 $51,120





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 0.60 24.13 $20.93 $43,540
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 2.63 $23.82 $49,540
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 150 0.21 8.35 $27.77 $57,770
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 2.11 $38.71 $80,510
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.34 (8) (8)
Mobile, AL 40 0.25 9.90 $23.28 $48,420




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, LA 340 0.60 24.13 $20.93 $43,540
Mobile, AL 40 0.25 9.90 $23.28 $48,420
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 150 0.21 8.35 $27.77 $57,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 2.63 $23.82 $49,540
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 2.11 $38.71 $80,510
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 50 0.01 0.34 (8) (8)




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 70 0.05 2.11 $38.71 $80,510
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 150 0.21 8.35 $27.77 $57,770
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 2.63 $23.82 $49,540
Mobile, AL 40 0.25 9.90 $23.28 $48,420
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.60 24.13 $20.93 $43,540


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016