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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Sailors and Marine Oilers
Industry profile for Sailors and Marine Oilers
Geographic profile for Sailors and Marine Oilers

National estimates for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
25,570 4.0 % $ 26.77 $ 55,680 9.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.36 $ 15.91 $ 21.60 $ 28.99 $ 37.59
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,710 $ 33,100 $ 44,920 $ 60,300 $ 78,190


Industry profile for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,320 7.18 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Inland Water Transportation 5,940 24.02 $ 24.01 $ 49,940
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,980 10.89 $ 23.17 $ 48,200
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,080 0.10 $ 21.33 $ 44,360
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,320 0.06 $ 25.37 $ 52,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 5,940 24.02 $ 24.01 $ 49,940
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,280 11.43 $ 17.68 $ 36,780
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,980 10.89 $ 23.17 $ 48,200
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,320 7.18 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,030 0.86 $ 22.27 $ 46,320

Top paying industries for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,320 7.18 $ 37.26 $ 77,500
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 140 0.48 $ 36.34 $ 75,600
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 420 0.01 $ 30.20 $ 62,820
Gambling Industries 240 0.14 $ 27.42 $ 57,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $ 26.16 $ 54,410


Geographic profile for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

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





States with the highest employment level in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 6,720 3.73 20.29 (8) (8)
Texas 2,590 0.21 1.17 $ 22.63 $ 47,070
Virginia 2,120 0.57 3.12 $ 21.14 $ 43,980
Washington 1,940 0.61 3.30 $ 27.62 $ 57,440
Florida 1,760 0.21 1.13 $ 19.79 $ 41,150




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 6,720 3.73 20.29 (8) (8)
Alaska 450 1.53 8.30 $ 23.73 $ 49,370
Kentucky 1,240 0.70 3.79 $ 25.99 $ 54,060
Washington 1,940 0.61 3.30 $ 27.62 $ 57,440
Virginia 2,120 0.57 3.12 $ 21.14 $ 43,980




Top paying states for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 540 0.21 1.16 $ 27.91 $ 58,050
Washington 1,940 0.61 3.30 $ 27.62 $ 57,440
Kentucky 1,240 0.70 3.79 $ 25.99 $ 54,060
Illinois 690 0.12 0.67 $ 25.38 $ 52,800
Oregon 260 0.14 0.78 $ 24.94 $ 51,860





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,840 5.50 29.95 $ 22.98 $ 47,800
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,500 30.56 166.24 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,060 2.87 15.61 $ 21.25 $ 44,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,840 0.62 3.37 $ 22.88 $ 47,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,630 0.83 4.54 $ 27.88 $ 57,990
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,490 0.17 0.92 $ 25.22 $ 52,460
Jacksonville, FL 740 1.08 5.87 $ 21.74 $ 45,210
Baton Rouge, LA 620 1.68 9.14 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 470 0.36 1.97 $ 27.82 $ 57,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.15 0.81 $ 25.23 $ 52,470




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,500 30.56 166.24 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,840 5.50 29.95 $ 22.98 $ 47,800
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,060 2.87 15.61 $ 21.25 $ 44,210
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.36 12.86 $ 23.32 $ 48,520
Lake Charles, LA 200 2.00 10.89 $ 19.65 $ 40,870
Baton Rouge, LA 620 1.68 9.14 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Jacksonville, FL 740 1.08 5.87 $ 21.74 $ 45,210
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 120 1.08 5.86 $ 20.13 $ 41,860
Corpus Christi, TX 180 1.01 5.51 $ 17.71 $ 36,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,630 0.83 4.54 $ 27.88 $ 57,990




Top paying metropolitan areas for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 60 0.67 3.64 $ 30.17 $ 62,750
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 29.36 $ 61,070
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 28.62 $ 59,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,630 0.83 4.54 $ 27.88 $ 57,990
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 470 0.36 1.97 $ 27.82 $ 57,860
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.04 0.24 $ 27.52 $ 57,230
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 26.31 $ 54,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 310 0.27 1.45 $ 25.35 $ 52,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 350 0.15 0.81 $ 25.23 $ 52,470
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,490 0.17 0.92 $ 25.22 $ 52,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 550 3.90 21.21 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 420 4.17 22.71 (8) (8)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 390 5.67 30.82 $ 20.88 $ 43,440
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.52 $ 17.85 $ 37,140
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 1.99 $ 20.40 $ 42,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 390 5.67 30.82 $ 20.88 $ 43,440
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 420 4.17 22.71 (8) (8)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 550 3.90 21.21 (8) (8)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 3.47 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.52 $ 17.85 $ 37,140

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 2.35 $ 31.51 $ 65,530
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 3.47 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 390 5.67 30.82 $ 20.88 $ 43,440
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 80 0.37 1.99 $ 20.40 $ 42,440
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 2.52 $ 17.85 $ 37,140


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021