Measure depth of water at designated points along navigable waterway.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $41,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sounders do?

Measures depth of water at designated points along navigable waterway, using lead-weighted line marked to indicate depth, to facilitate charting of waterways and determine need for dredging or other marine construction activity.

Should I be a Sounder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Crushed-Stone Grader, Dump Grader, Group Leader, River-and-Harbor Soundings, Hose Tender, Stone Unloader

    How to become a Sounder

    Sounders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Sounder-related education!
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