How much money do new divers make?

If you want to know how much money new divers in different industries make, you have come to the right place, in this post we will cover how much first year divers should expect to make depending on there chosen career path.

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High earning graduates?

The salaries of commercial divers vary alot depending on the choice of specific occupation and whether they are onshore or offshore.

onshore Divers, work in a wide variety of tasks, resulting in different pros and cons in regards to remuneration and benefits.

The most common occupations onshore in Australia are, Aquaculture, Civil and Construction as well as the various sciences. Some of these, divers work as contractors and others divers work as employees. the benefits of both options as well as the common entry salaries for each will be discussed below.

Offshore Divers in Australia make a killing. Maybe that seems like a dramatic usage of words, yet it is true, the union rate for offshore divers is staggering and it pays dividends to work towards getting offshore for at least one dive stint.

Saturation (ADAS Part Four Divers, Closed Bell) divers are even higher again, to a sat diver, perhaps offshore air divers, are not paid to much. Sat divers are away laughing all the way to the bank.

To answer the main question though, does the Commercial Dive Academy of Tasmania have high earning graduates. We think so, it is hard to think of any courses, that are less than three months that can earn even close to what a diver makes straight out of school.

Below is a brief outline, on specific starting salaries for different industries.

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Diver Salary specifics

There is a lot of money to be made diving. Which is great, for most, you are out doing something you love and you are getting paid for it.

take the most expensive dive trip that you have paid to enjoy, now imagine the smile you would have if you didn’t pay to play, but got paid to play. That is commercial diving,

To the right is common starting salaries for commercial divers in Australia.


when be offered your first job, it is important not only to consider salaries but also other factors, such as security, benefits like superannuation, annual leave and job consistency.


yes one contract of $800 a day might be great, but when it ends, you may need to look for a new job only one month later.


Because of this, at the Commercial Dive Academy we have contacts through out all of the potential dive industries, and will help you find work that suits the lifestyle you would like to live.


No matter where you want to work, we will aid you in finding the best possible job to meet your needs.

Scientific diver - varied

A scientific diver is a diver whose main focus is likely research. There pay, is usually not based around there diving skills but instead linked to the pay of there specific researchers role. As such, diving is usually not a major sallary boost, but instead a requirement of a project made a lot more fun.

Aquaculture diver - $80,000 Per annum

An Aquaculture diver is a diver who supports the production of farmed marine species such as Salmon, or Tuna. An Aquaculture diver usually has the benefit of being a salaried employee (think holiday pay, superannuation etc)

first year Aquaculture divers in Tasmania, think Huon and Tassal have a base pay, and then a dive top up pay.

Typically the base pay is about $50-60k a year and then is topped up per dive completed and over time.

it is expected that most first year divers, should make about $80,000 a year working at either Tassal or petuna, depending on the amount of diving and overtime worked.

Construction Diver - up to $800 a day

An onshore construction diver is a diver who works inland up to maximum depths of around 50 meters.
For a first year diver, you will usually be a contract worker, though salaried is not uncommon either.
wages are often paid by a day rate or hourly depending on the company and contract.

A common hourly rate for a fresh diver is $40 an hour with a lot of our graduates starting with these roles.

The larger contractors typically pay between $400 and $500 a day, with top up for night shift and over time. On night shift, it is not uncommon for these contractors to pay around $800 a day.

As a fresh diver, it is unheard of to get a job with these large contractors straight out of school with a part two certificate. you will need part three to have a shot at the higher paying roles.

offshore diver - $1,500 a day

The offshore divers have a very stong union that have increased expected earnings dramatically. A first time offshore diver in Australia, should earn more than $1,500 a day.

Sat Diver - $3,000 a day

A closed Bell diver is the peak of diving. whilst, you are not new to the industry as you have been a part three diver for at least one year to do the course, you will still have your first sat job.

You should earn in Australia no less and potentially much more than $3,000 a day.

Sat is the high money, high skill and high reward industry, and something to definitely consider once you are an offshore diver.

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