Offshore Welding Jobs Wages



For starting above-water offshore welding positions, wages range from 66k to 80k a year. Salaries for offshore welding jobs vary greatly on experience, skill sets, and years of experience, as well as the number of previous projects and project locations.  Pay will progress in your offshore welding career as you acquire more skills and certifications, and becoming the rig maintenance supervisor (and the 6 figure salary that goes with it) is a distinct possibility.

Underwater welding jobs can start around $80,000; experienced underwater welders can pull down up to $200,000.00 a year, and day rates of $1000 are quite common. Most divers do it because they love it, so getting paid well to do something you love is a real bonus.

Salaries for underwater welding jobs depend greatly on experience, skill sets, and years of experience, as well as the number of previous projects and project location.  Pay is usually by the project; as you progress in your career and acquire more skills (Certified Welding Inspection is a great one), the salary you can command will grow, often dramatically.  A few recent job postings showed the following wages being paid today:

  • Underwater welder - Gulf of Mexico, US $80,000 year.
  • CSWIP 3.2 Inspection Divers - Gulf of Thailand, USD 450 per day.
  • Underwater welder-diver - Offshore Australia, USD 870 per day.

For more in-depth information on current wages, please visit Rigworker and OilJobsGuide.



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