Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

53-5021 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Excludes "Motorboat Operators" (53-5022).


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)
33,110 3.7 % $39.98 $83,150 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.42 $25.69 $36.91 $50.21 $64.88
Annual Wage (2) $38,310 $53,450 $76,780 $104,440 $134,950


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)
Inland Water Transportation 9,100 32.24 $39.04 $81,210
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,050 7.27 $50.92 $105,910
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,270 15.91 $39.61 $82,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,960 20.19 $24.34 $50,630
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,280 0.06 $36.76 $76,470

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 9,100 32.24 $39.04 $81,210
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,960 20.19 $24.34 $50,630
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,270 15.91 $39.61 $82,390
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,050 7.27 $50.92 $105,910
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 850 0.78 $34.64 $72,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,050 7.27 $50.92 $105,910
Freight Transportation Arrangement 280 0.14 $46.92 $97,600
Support Activities for Mining 920 0.22 $46.84 $97,420
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $46.65 $97,030
Other Support Services 40 0.01 $44.90 $93,380


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 8,920 4.60 19.17 $47.31 $98,400
Texas 2,890 0.25 1.04 $49.46 $102,870
Washington 1,990 0.67 2.78 $40.23 $83,680
Florida 1,840 0.23 0.97 $33.09 $68,830
Virginia 1,780 0.48 2.01 $38.29 $79,650



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 8,920 4.60 19.17 $47.31 $98,400
Alaska 720 2.20 9.18 $34.05 $70,810
Hawaii 1,150 1.86 7.75 $25.81 $53,690
Kentucky 1,420 0.77 3.23 $41.64 $86,610
Mississippi 800 0.72 3.02 (8) (8)



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,890 0.25 1.04 $49.46 $102,870
Louisiana 8,920 4.60 19.17 $47.31 $98,400
Oregon 230 0.13 0.54 $43.04 $89,510
Alabama 230 0.12 0.52 $41.80 $86,940
Kentucky 1,420 0.77 3.23 $41.64 $86,610




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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 3,550 36.63 152.57 $48.78 $101,470
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,030 5.44 22.67 $48.84 $101,580
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,050 0.70 2.92 $50.78 $105,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.16 4.84 $40.64 $84,540
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,720 2.35 9.79 $38.43 $79,940
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.25 1.02 $36.28 $75,470
Lafayette, LA 700 3.25 13.54 $39.61 $82,380
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.43 1.80 $40.55 $84,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.14 0.57 $32.43 $67,450
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 500 0.29 1.19 $29.65 $61,660



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 3,550 36.63 152.57 $48.78 $101,470
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,030 5.44 22.67 $48.84 $101,580
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 270 3.81 15.85 (8) (8)
Lafayette, LA 700 3.25 13.54 $39.61 $82,380
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,720 2.35 9.79 $38.43 $79,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.16 4.84 $40.64 $84,540
Ocean City, NJ 40 1.07 4.46 $31.68 $65,890
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.01 4.19 $44.96 $93,510
Barnstable Town, MA 90 0.87 3.62 (8) (8)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 60 0.79 3.31 $35.29 $73,410



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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,050 0.70 2.92 $50.78 $105,620
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,030 5.44 22.67 $48.84 $101,580
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 3,550 36.63 152.57 $48.78 $101,470
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $46.89 $97,530
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.01 4.19 $44.96 $93,510
New Haven, CT 170 0.59 2.47 $43.15 $89,760
Wilmington, NC (8) (8) (8) $42.38 $88,140
Baton Rouge, LA (8) (8) (8) $42.24 $87,860
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.18 0.74 $41.46 $86,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,790 1.16 4.84 $40.64 $84,540

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 1,060 6.92 28.82 $42.51 $88,420
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 310 4.12 17.18 $52.79 $109,810
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 8.24 34.31 $32.63 $67,870
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 3.90 16.23 $33.07 $68,780
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 220 2.34 9.76 $24.19 $50,320

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 8.24 34.31 $32.63 $67,870
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,060 6.92 28.82 $42.51 $88,420
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 310 4.12 17.18 $52.79 $109,810
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 3.90 16.23 $33.07 $68,780
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 220 2.34 9.76 $24.19 $50,320

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)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 310 4.12 17.18 $52.79 $109,810
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,060 6.92 28.82 $42.51 $88,420
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.08 $87,530
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 120 0.36 1.50 $34.24 $71,220
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 3.90 16.23 $33.07 $68,780


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