Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-5011 Sailors and Marine Oilers

Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,570 4.0 % $20.63 $42,910 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.79 $14.41 $19.84 $25.62 $31.82
Annual Wage (2) $22,440 $29,980 $41,260 $53,290 $66,190


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,870 17.42 $20.00 $41,600
Inland Water Transportation 6,660 23.59 $22.19 $46,150
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,100 6.29 $20.83 $43,330
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,090 0.11 $19.91 $41,420
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,480 10.09 $14.66 $30,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 6,660 23.59 $22.19 $46,150
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,870 17.42 $20.00 $41,600
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,480 10.09 $14.66 $30,490
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,100 6.29 $20.83 $43,330
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 350 0.32 $20.02 $41,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utility System Construction 30 0.01 $27.35 $56,890
Other Support Services 40 0.01 $25.67 $53,390
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 50 0.04 $25.27 $52,550
Support Activities for Mining 700 0.17 $23.92 $49,750
Freight Transportation Arrangement 320 0.16 $23.06 $47,960


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.




States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 6,930 3.57 16.11 $21.38 $44,470
Texas 2,600 0.23 1.02 $21.75 $45,230
Virginia 2,130 0.58 2.61 $19.47 $40,500
California 1,980 0.13 0.58 $16.91 $35,170
New York 1,600 0.18 0.80 $21.02 $43,720



States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 6,930 3.57 16.11 $21.38 $44,470
Alaska 1,060 3.25 14.64 $22.18 $46,130
Kentucky 1,140 0.62 2.80 $16.26 $33,830
Virginia 2,130 0.58 2.61 $19.47 $40,500
Tennessee 1,060 0.38 1.70 $19.32 $40,180



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 760 0.13 0.58 $26.90 $55,960
Oregon 180 0.10 0.46 $25.93 $53,940
Maryland 500 0.19 0.87 $23.97 $49,860
Washington (8) (8) (8) $23.43 $48,730
Alaska 1,060 3.25 14.64 $22.18 $46,130




Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,350 2.18 9.83 $23.40 $48,680
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,820 5.06 22.82 $21.10 $43,880
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,200 22.69 102.33 $22.63 $47,070
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,090 2.86 12.91 $19.50 $40,560
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,770 0.60 2.72 $22.42 $46,620
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.20 0.91 $23.17 $48,200
Lafayette, LA 550 2.54 11.47 $19.81 $41,190
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 500 0.39 1.77 $17.04 $35,430
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 390 0.22 0.99 $15.38 $32,000
Jacksonville, FL 370 0.59 2.68 $21.71 $45,160



Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,200 22.69 102.33 $22.63 $47,070
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,820 5.06 22.82 $21.10 $43,880
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,090 2.86 12.91 $19.50 $40,560
Lafayette, LA 550 2.54 11.47 $19.81 $41,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,350 2.18 9.83 $23.40 $48,680
Mobile, AL 280 1.67 7.53 $19.91 $41,410
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.21 5.47 $16.24 $33,780
Anchorage, AK 170 0.94 4.24 $24.09 $50,110
Baton Rouge, LA 360 0.93 4.20 $17.79 $37,010
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.83 3.76 $17.77 $36,960



Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.21 0.93 $27.57 $57,340
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.57 2.56 $26.36 $54,820
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.34 1.55 $26.01 $54,110
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 360 0.27 1.22 $24.67 $51,310
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $24.62 $51,220
Anchorage, AK 170 0.94 4.24 $24.09 $50,110
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.80 $49,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,350 2.18 9.83 $23.40 $48,680
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.20 0.91 $23.17 $48,200
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,200 22.69 102.33 $22.63 $47,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 660 4.29 19.37 $17.14 $35,650
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 640 9.94 44.83 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 550 7.20 32.48 $20.53 $42,700
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 350 9.65 43.52 $23.85 $49,610
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 130 1.37 6.20 $12.48 $25,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 640 9.94 44.83 (8) (8)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 350 9.65 43.52 $23.85 $49,610
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 550 7.20 32.48 $20.53 $42,700
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 660 4.29 19.37 $17.14 $35,650
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 1.49 6.70 $17.22 $35,820

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 350 9.65 43.52 $23.85 $49,610
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.30 5.85 $22.23 $46,240
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 550 7.20 32.48 $20.53 $42,700
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.69 $36,790
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 1.49 6.70 $17.22 $35,820


About May 2015 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016