Information Regarding Scuba Diving Salary


How Much Do Oil Rig Divers Get Paid?

Most people that scuba dive do so for their enjoyment. They probably go five or ten times a summer, or maybe even once or twice a year. They do not want any scuba diving salary.

Some are Divemasters. They lead the recreational divers and shake their heads when the recreational divers do silly things. It costs somewhere between eight and twelve hundred dollars to learn, about twelve hundred to three grand for the gear, and a few hundred for insurance. Divemasters make negative dollars. 

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Scuba Diving Salary

The key here is to make sure it IS your equipment and pool.

This leads us to Dive Shop owners. They go bankrupt. 😀

Commercial divers, who usually do NOT use SCUBA, by the way, average about $55,000 a year. The top ten percent make about $100,000 a year. There is a big range because not all commercial divers are in training to do extremely deep or saturation dives, not all are willing to work extended periods at remote locations, and experience matters a lot too. 

What Is Like To Be A Professional Diver?

I worked full time as a scuba instructor for about eight years from 2004-2012, half in the Fiji Islands and half in Clinton Township, a suburb of Metro Detroit. Both were glorious.

 I landed in the Fiji Islands fresh out of an Instructor course and a three-month gig working on a liveaboard in the Whitsundays, Australia. I dove my neoprene socks off in Fiji, worked at resorts from budget backpackers to 5* luxury boutiques, taught hundreds of classes from Open Water thru Dive Master, had some blissful experiences, also some near-death, sank a couple of boats, swam with a bunch of bull sharks, stopped wearing underwear, racked up a decent amount of debt, drank several pool loads of intoxicating beverages, learned a lot about life, made some life-long friendships, met and married the woman of my dreams, moved back to Michigan.

 I trawled a few local dive shops before hooking up with an OG Great Lakes Wreck Diver with a self-built scuba facility comprising pool, retail floor, weekend dive charter boat, and DOT-approved hydro-testing center. I dove my neoprene boots off in Lake Huron, certified tanks during the week, sold scuba gear, took classes up to Instructor Trainer. I had some blissful experiences. Also some near-death, dove some bad old wrecks, swam with lake sturgeon, paid off a bunch of debt, met good people, drank several pool loads of intoxicating beverages, learned a lot about life, made some life-long friendships, moved to California.

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 Now I build eCommerce websites full time (I had always made sites too and started to do it more when I moved back to the US – the Internet connections are generally better here.)

 I’ll be honest. I got a little burnt out in the Great Lakes because it is frigid, even in the summer. Enthusing about something I love became harder and harder. The weekends working became a drag. Much as I hate to admit it, I am getting older (I am 35). Excess nitrogen, even when moderated, literally beats the energy out of you. When you have to fill 60 tanks AND entertain people late into the night and then be up hours before them to prep the boat, check gear, short crew, it starts to wear you down, even though you do your best not to let it.

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