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What is a Commercial Diver?

Commercial Diver Job Description 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.

What Do Commercial Divers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Cultivate or harvest marine species or perform routine work on fish farms.
  • Communicate with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones.
  • Set or guide placement of pilings or sandbags to provide support for structures such as docks, bridges, cofferdams, or platforms.
  • Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges.
  • Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea.
  • Inspect and test docks, ships, buoyage systems, plant intakes or outflows, or underwater pipelines, cables, or sewers, using closed circuit television, still photography, and testing equipment.

Commercial Diver Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Commercial Divers say are important on the job.

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

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.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

Types of Commercial Diver

  • Dive Tender
  • Diving Supervisor
  • Deep Sea Diver
  • Skin Diver
  • Marine Diver

Commercial Diver Job Outlook

There were about 4,100 jobs for Commercial Diver in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 400 new jobs for Commercial Diver by 2026. There will be an estimated 400 positions for Commercial Diver per year.


The states with the most job growth for Commercial Diver are Alaska, Missouri, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Wisconsin, New Jersey, or Alabama. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Commercial Divers Salary

Commercial Divers make between $30,810 and $108,170 a year.


Commercial Divers who work in Alaska, New Jersey, or Alabama, make the highest salaries.

How much do Commercial Divers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $56,410
Alaska $86,600
California $70,540
Connecticut $72,400
Florida $43,700
Indiana $65,860
Louisiana $46,720
Maryland $59,710
Michigan $53,590
Missouri $38,340
New Hampshire $75,500
New Jersey $77,080
New York $68,210
North Carolina $38,430
Ohio $36,270
South Carolina $31,270
Tennessee $41,960
Texas $50,130
Virginia $50,950
Washington $84,480

What Tools do Commercial Divers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Commercial Divers:

  • Web browser software

Becoming a Commercial Diver

Individuals working as a Commercial Diver have obtained the following education levels:


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Where Commercial Divers Work


Below are examples of industries where Commercial Divers work:


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