Commercial Divers Salary Information

The salary statistics of commercial divers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of commercial divers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The commercial divers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Commercial Divers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,700
25th Percentile Wage
$37,510
50th Percentile Wage
$49,090
75th Percentile Wage
$61,610
90th Percentile Wage
$83,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for commercial divers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) commercial divers is $83,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $49,090. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,700. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 172% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of commercial divers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201649,090-2.81%4.50%
201550,4709.07%-
201445,890-4.45%-
201347,9302.19%-
201246,880--

Table 2. Commercial Divers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of commercial divers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for commercial divers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $64,420. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $32,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$64,420
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,750
Transportation and Warehousing
$52,330
Construction
$47,260
Health Care and Social Assistance
$46,610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,720
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$32,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Commercial Divers by States

From the above tables we note that not only commercial divers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of commercial divers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,220 to $96,050. The highest paying state for commercial divers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $96,050. The lowest paying state is North Carolina with a median annual salary of $35,220. For more salary information of commercial divers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$96,050
Washington
$79,820
New York
$74,650
California
$60,630
Louisiana
$52,310
Virginia
$47,620
Texas
$46,180
Connecticut
$45,530
Tennessee
$44,670
South Carolina
$43,920
Missouri
$40,600
Florida
$39,340
North Carolina
$35,220


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