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How much do underwater welders get paid?

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, underwater welders make around $58,000 per year on average as of May 2011. Underwater welders work below the water's surface, using scuba gear to install, inspect and repair structures and equipment.

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Underwater welders require at least 20 weeks of professional training, which is offered at commercial diving schools. Most underwater welders work for oil companies and perform maintenance on offshore oil rig facilities all over the world. While they can be located anywhere, the majority of offshore oil rigs are located in the Gulf of Mexico. In the June 2012 issue of "Underwater Magazine," Association of Diving Contractors International President Mike Brown reported that opportunities in this profession are increasing in both the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

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