UNDERWATER WELDING CAREER & SALARY

Learning underwater welding is a key part of our Commercial Diver Program. Commercial diving is a competitive industry, and DIT trains its divers in the necessary skills to compete.

Divers Institute Training Lets Divers Work World-Wide

DIT offers you the underwater welding training you’ll need as well as the specialized programs necessary to work in the underwater construction industry. Underwater welding courses include welding, underwater welding, underwater cutting and burning and more. We are one of the only dive schools in the U.S. to be internationally certified by the DCBC. These certifications allow our graduates to dive all over the world. DIT training is conducted in open water, giving students real-world experience that can’t be duplicated in pools, tanks or quarries. Learn more about commercial diving courses with DIT and find out how the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can help with tuition costs.

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Divers Institute of Technology has been training divers for commercial diving careers since 1968 and is VA Approved.

Underwater Welding & Commercial Diving Salary

The salary of a Commercial Diver/ Underwater Welder is determined by:

  • Previous Experience
  • The Employer
  • The Location
  • Depth of the dive

Find out where Commercial Divers & Underwater Welders Work, and How to Begin a career in Commercial Diving & Underwater Welding:

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
3,370 10.3 % $25.96 $53,990 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.76 $18.03 $23.60 $29.62 $40.26
Annual Wage (2) $30,700 $37,510 $49,090 $61,610 $83,730

 


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 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 70 0.04 $15.46 $32,150

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 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Other Support Services 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 70 0.04 $15.46 $32,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360

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 130 0.01 $34.31 $71,360
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 0.17 $31.18 $64,850
Other Support Services 1,470 0.48 $25.63 $53,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,020 0.92 $24.62 $51,210
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $17.50 $36,400