Commercial diving jobs can make for an incredibly rewarding career. Individuals who enjoy scuba diving are likely to find it especially rewarding. Being paid to do something that one loves and would gladly do for free, is what most people desire but never realize.
For professional divers, this is often the case. It is important to note that while diving for a living can be incredibly exhilarating, it does require a great deal of hard work, dedication, skill and training.
However, commercial diver jobs do pay well and there are a myriad of opportunities available to those willing to do the work.
Below we will take a look at the types of jobs available to commercial divers, offering a brief description of each, along with salary information.
Before we list available commercial diving jobs, it is important to note that one of the best things about this field is that it is possible to find a job almost anywhere in the world. This bodes well for individuals who appreciate the flexibility of being able to work anywhere on the globe, not to mention the job security that this affords.
The compensation for commercial divers will obviously differ based on the job, the assignment and the qualifications of the diver. Commercial divers though, on the whole, make a very good income.
The range of salaries can be quite large, ranging from around $20,000 year and going up to well over $100,000 year for someone with experience. Depending on the type of diving involved, pay can include an hourly wage plus hazardous pay on top of that.
Overall, average starting salaries for a commercial diver are in the $40,000 to $60,000 range with full benefits included.
Offshore diving is probably one of the highest paid positions for commercial divers. A diver can make over $1,000 a day doing this type of work. Of course, it is not without risk and the pay reflects that. Inland divers generally will make less than offshore work but can still expect to make over $100 day.
For a list of resources to find commercial diving jobs, check out our page on scuba diving employment including resources to find dive jobs.
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