Commercial divers are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, commercial divers rate their career happiness 3.7 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 19% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy commercial divers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Commercial diver
3.7
$60k
Naval architect
3.4
$93k
Explosives worker
3.4
$50k
Rigger
3.3
$48k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are commercial divers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do commercial divers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as commercial divers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are commercial diver’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are commercial divers making the best use of their abilities?

Are commercial divers happy with their salary?

Commercial divers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.5/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most commercial divers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked commercial divers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

75 commercial divers

5 Star
27%

27% of commercial divers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
19%

19% of commercial divers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
37%

37% of commercial divers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
12%

12% of commercial divers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of commercial divers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do commercial divers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, commercial divers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.5/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked commercial divers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

76 commercial divers

5 Star
32%

32% of commercial divers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of commercial divers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of commercial divers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of commercial divers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of commercial divers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as commercial divers?

Commercial divers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.1/5. The majority of commercial divers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked commercial divers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

80 commercial divers

5 Star
44%

44% of commercial divers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of commercial divers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
15%

15% of commercial divers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of commercial divers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of commercial divers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a commercial diver’s work environment?

As a whole, commercial divers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.0/5. A solid majority of commercial divers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a commercial diver.

We asked commercial divers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

80 commercial divers

5 Star
40%

40% of commercial divers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
38%

38% of commercial divers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
13%

13% of commercial divers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of commercial divers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of commercial divers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are commercial divers making the best use of their abilities?

Former commercial divers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.6/5. Most commercial divers surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a commercial diver, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked commercial divers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

80 commercial divers

5 Star
33%

33% of commercial divers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of commercial divers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
11%

11% of commercial divers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
16%

16% of commercial divers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of commercial divers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars