Underwater Welders Make Up To $300,000 a Year

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Some commercial divers’ underwater welding salary can hit up to $300,000+ annually. The primary factors that affect your income are Experience, Certification, Environment, Depth of Work, Dive Methods, Underwater Welding Equipment, Distance Offshore and Overtime.

There are two primary types of underwater welders:

Offshore Divers (welders)

The starting salary of offshore underwater welder is between $40,000 – $60,000 and with 3-5+ years experience it can go from $75,000 – $100,000+

Onshore Divers (welders)

The starting salary of onshore underwater welder is between $25,000 – $40,000 and with 3-5+ years experience it can go from $50,000 – $80,000

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Underwater welders

Saturation divers make up to $45,000 – $90,000 per month and over $500,000 annually. They receive “depth pay” which typically pays out an additional $1 – $4 per foot. Usually, it’s $1 per foot up to 100 feet, then it raises up to $2 per foot after that.  Income is dependent upon the length and depth of their project plus tenure of the diver.

Those who undergo a lengthy dive projects involving saturation diving (saturating body tissue with pressurized gases) can earn additional bonuses due to the time and physical strain that your body receives.

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These are the top 10 diving companies with underwater welding job:

Bisso Marine

Midco Diving & Marine

Dryden Diving, Inc.

Subsea Global Solutions

Phoenix International

Dive-Tech International, Inc.

US Underwater Services

Logan Diving & Salvage

Sea Sub Systems, Inc.


Source: waterwelders.com


  1. This is all make believe, your lucky to hit $110,000 with 10+ years experience working 60 to 70 hours a week offshore or inland, underwater welders pay doesn’t change from doing any other work diving, & Saturation divers are lucky to make $20,000 a month, & will not be in more than 6 months out of the year, & depth pay in sat doesn’t start until 500′ & is typically $1 a foot after.
    There is very little work in the oil fields now wit gas prices being low, so the inland markets being flooded with offshore divers, so until the oil field picks up don’t waist your money in dive school.

  2. What a complete load of shit. I dove in the GOM for 8 years and made shit the whole time. Also I was never on a welding job or even heard about any happening. The piece of shit dive schools write this kinda crap to sicker poor bastards with dreams of grandeur and easy money into blowing their college fund on an overpriced education and them drag up 6 months later when they find out break out time is 4 years if you are lucky and the average income for established divers I’d 50k.

  3. Where is a school in the bay area? I’m an excellent welder but am I too old at 49 to do this? I’m in pretty good shape


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