Underwater Welding Career and Salary

Underwater welding and commercial diving is a great career for adventure-seeking individuals. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have an underwater welding career?

Underwater welding is an exciting and lucrative career for veterans, ex-military, and any adventure-seeking individual who desires more than just your average nine-to-five job. 

As a commercial diver and underwater welder, you will be expected to perform under the most challenging of circumstances, requiring the diver to be highly trained, certified and to be in peak physical and mental condition.

What is it like working as an underwater welder?

As you embark on your underwater welding career, you will find most commercial divers are employed by leading diving contractors. Therefore, on a typical day you might find yourself reporting for duty at the dock with all of your gear. From there, a transport vessel will take you to the work site - perhaps many miles offshore. Once you're at the dive site, you will then suit up, run through your checklist, and then dive into the water.

Once submerged, you will descend to the proper depth, review your project, report to top-side, and then go to work making the proper repairs/welds needed. After the job has been completed, you will communicate with top-side that the task has been fulfilled and will then begin making your ascent towards the surface.

If necessary, you may complete in-water decompression and, upon surfacing, enter into a decompression chamber to ensure you do not display the symptoms of decompression sickness. This results from bubble formation (similar to that in a carbonated beverage) within the tissues of the diver. 

Underwater Welding Salary

The salary of the underwater welder is often determined by 4 distinct factors:

    Diver experience
    Employer
    Location
    Depth of the dive
 

Experienced commercial divers can earn upwards of $100,000 or more depending on location and type of work. 

To view more interesting facts and statistics about commercial diving and underwater welding careers for those able to work in the U.S., click here.