Commercial Diving Job Outlook, Salary and Overview


Hello Divers!

I stumbled upon something that I believe might alleviate some angst regarding new divers questions on the industry future. I have seen multiple postings of divers wanting answers regarding this topic, so when they ask you can send them here!


Below is an overview of job training, experience, education and average salary.

Top Skills

Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management
Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Key Abilities

Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Arm-Hand Steadiness
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.



Below are graphs and tables that refer to industry strengths, salary trends, hourly rates and low/high paying states.


Below are the fastest/slowest growing states, the states with the most/least diving jobs and the amount of projected future jobs.


This study was done in 2010 and can be viewed here: for interactive graphs and more information.



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