Saturation Diver Salary: Shannon Hovey woke up in a metal tube, 20 feet long, and 7 feet in diameter, tucked deep inside the ship in the Gulf of Mexico for 52 straight days this winter, along with another five men. He had breakfast from a hatch, read a briefing during the day, and heard a disembodied voice telling him when the time was ripe to put on a suit and work.
Life in the tube was built around these same steps every day … while trying not to think about any unintended violation of his temporary metal home to lead to an agonizing and rapid death. Hovey works in one of the most unknown, dangerous, and, frankly, the weirdest professional.
Hovey works in one of the most unknown, dangerous professions on Earth, and frankly, the most weird. He is a saturation diver — one of the men (all were men*) who work at a depth of up to 1000 feet or more beneath the sea surface.
The average underwater welding salary is $53,990 per annum and $25,96 per hour, according to the trade divers and global statistics. Most revenue, however, is around 25,000 dollars – 80,000 dollars. The top 10% of Diver Sweaters earn $83,730 while the bottom 10% make $30,700.