Underwater Welder Salary vs Welder Pay Scale


  Minimum Average Maximum
Underwater Welders Salary $100,000 $125,000 $200,000
Welder Salary $24,990 $39,110 $57,120(+)


Highest Salary Industries


  Annual Average Pay Hourly Average Pay    
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $62,100 $29.86    
Support Activities for Water Transportation $61,280 $29.46    
Specialty Trade Contractors $53,110 $25.53    
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $51,790 $24.90    



Dangers of Welding Underwater


Although the profession can be rewarding and exciting, there are a number of dangers associated with the field. In underwater environments, there is the risk of pressure-related injuries and conditions to occur. Additionally, underwater welders must be prepared for dangers such as:

  • electrocution
  • equipment malfunction
  • interaction with underwater life

In spite of the dangers that can occur, specialists enjoy many benefits from pursuing a career in the field.




Overall underwater or hyperbaric welding is a very lucrative and satisfying career path, however it takes more education and skill to get there over the regular welding jobs. Hyperbaric welding isn’t for the faint of heart, but for those that are seeking a little more excitement in their welding career.