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Commercial divers only work about 160 days a year, but can still earn a yearly booty from $18,000 to $80,000, reports careers website JobMonkey.com. Furthermore, “It’s not unrealistic for a commercial diver to make over $1,000 a day,” the report says.

Of course, there’s a reason it’s so well paid. The diver’s life is constantly at risk, and they must have completed specialized training. It’s not for the faint of heart or body, so the deeper dives and more claustrophobia-inspiring missions command the best pay.

While commercial diving pays adventurous divers to salvage, perform searches for law enforcement, or work for the petroleum industry all over the world, the more laid-back branch of diving employment, Scuba instructors, earn significantly less and consider the tropical locations to be their high compensation.

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