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Old 03-18-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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Underwater welders - How much do they make?

Heard a story drinking with a buddy last night and need to call his bs. How much do underwater welders (working on rigs in gulf) make per week?
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #2
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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.
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Thanks, that's what I thought. He now owes me a bottle of bourbon....(he told me underwater welders make $10,000 a week....)
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Thanks, that's what I thought. He now owes me a bottle of bourbon....(he told me underwater welders make $10,000 a week....)
If $1000 a day is common, that would be $7K a week. Add a couple of hundred dollars to their day rate and you could approach 10K a week. Don't think they would make that on a very consistent basis, but it seems possible.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:11 PM   #5
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and i dont think a underwater welders life span is that long,as in career wise
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10,000 a week is very possible. Saturation divers (not welding) just construction can clear 1000 to 1600 a day. this all depends on depth, the deeper they are working the more they make. Most of the permanant underwater welding is done in what they call a habitat. basically build a room around the weld that needs to be done and pump the water out.

Roundman is right on too.
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and i dont think a underwater welders life span is that long,as in career wise

Not only career but life expectancy too, I was studying to go into UWW but got married instead, didn't make the money but at least I'm still kickin'.
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He tried to tell me that they make $520,000 a year.....
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He tried to tell me that they make $520,000 a year.....

No way. I am sure they take at least a couple of weeks of vacation.

Maybe 490-500K max. JK.
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In that job you are trading dollars for days of your life!

Note to the OP.... I thought about getting into the job when I was your age... the schools even told me I was too old to start!
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