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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
26,610 3.7 % $ 27.79 $ 57,800 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Sailors and Marine Oilers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.00 $ 17.01 $ 22.46 $ 29.53 $ 37.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,120 $ 35,380 $ 46,720 $ 61,430 $ 78,340


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 7,040 7.83 $ 36.03 $ 74,940
Inland Water Transportation 6,330 24.81 $ 26.44 $ 54,980
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,310 10.24 $ 28.07 $ 58,390
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,120 0.10 $ 21.44 $ 44,600
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,380 12.27 $ 17.12 $ 35,610

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 6,330 24.81 $ 26.44 $ 54,980
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,380 12.27 $ 17.12 $ 35,610
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,310 10.24 $ 28.07 $ 58,390
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,040 7.83 $ 36.03 $ 74,940
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 90 0.30 $ 26.22 $ 54,540

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 7,040 7.83 $ 36.03 $ 74,940
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance (8) (8) $ 35.02 $ 72,840
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 650 0.01 $ 30.59 $ 63,630
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $ 28.41 $ 59,080
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,310 10.24 $ 28.07 $ 58,390


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.



Map of employment of sailors and marine oilers by state, May 2021


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 7,300 4.07 21.54 $ 36.29 $ 75,490
Virginia 2,390 0.64 3.37 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Texas 2,120 0.17 0.92 $ 24.22 $ 50,370
California 2,080 0.13 0.67 $ 25.19 $ 52,400
Washington 1,660 0.52 2.75 $ 29.08 $ 60,490


Map of location quotient of sailors and marine oilers by state, May 2021


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 7,300 4.07 21.54 $ 36.29 $ 75,490
Alaska 390 1.33 7.05 $ 30.19 $ 62,800
Kentucky 1,530 0.83 4.41 $ 18.67 $ 38,840
Virginia 2,390 0.64 3.37 $ 23.27 $ 48,400
Washington 1,660 0.52 2.75 $ 29.08 $ 60,490


Map of annual mean wages of sailors and marine oilers by state, May 2021


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)
Louisiana 7,300 4.07 21.54 $ 36.29 $ 75,490
Oregon 360 0.20 1.04 $ 34.14 $ 71,010
Maryland 650 0.26 1.35 $ 33.95 $ 70,620
Alaska 390 1.33 7.05 $ 30.19 $ 62,800
Washington 1,660 0.52 2.75 $ 29.08 $ 60,490



Map of employment of sailors and marine oilers by area, May 2021


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 2,610 5.16 27.32 $ 27.32 $ 56,830
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,330 3.28 17.35 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,170 27.26 144.33 (8) (8)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,680 0.19 1.03 $ 28.12 $ 58,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,650 0.57 3.01 $ 25.54 $ 53,130
Baton Rouge, LA 1,400 3.81 20.15 $ 31.12 $ 64,720
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,340 0.70 3.70 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 900 0.16 0.83 $ 24.40 $ 50,750
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 530 0.42 2.25 $ 32.56 $ 67,730
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 500 0.21 1.09 $ 18.48 $ 38,450


Map of location quotient of sailors and marine oilers by area, May 2021


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 2,170 27.26 144.33 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,610 5.16 27.32 $ 27.32 $ 56,830
Baton Rouge, LA 1,400 3.81 20.15 $ 31.12 $ 64,720
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,330 3.28 17.35 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Lake Charles, LA 280 3.05 16.13 $ 24.48 $ 50,920
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.00 10.61 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
Lafayette, LA 280 1.51 7.99 $ 23.38 $ 48,620
Corpus Christi, TX 180 1.00 5.28 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 90 0.80 4.22 $ 21.57 $ 44,870
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,340 0.70 3.70 $ 29.41 $ 61,170


Map of annual mean wages of sailors and marine oilers by area, May 2021


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)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 340 0.30 1.61 $ 35.37 $ 73,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 390 0.17 0.91 $ 35.06 $ 72,930
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 180 0.07 0.35 $ 32.61 $ 67,820
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 530 0.42 2.25 $ 32.56 $ 67,730
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.50 2.66 $ 31.31 $ 65,120
Baton Rouge, LA 1,400 3.81 20.15 $ 31.12 $ 64,720
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 50 0.02 0.08 $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,340 0.70 3.70 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
St. Louis, MO-IL 200 0.16 0.83 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
Urban Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $ 28.37 $ 59,010

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 1,100 7.66 40.57 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 400 6.05 32.06 $ 20.50 $ 42,650
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.26 17.24 $ 27.86 $ 57,940
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 3.99 21.14 $ 19.51 $ 40,580
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.63 $ 27.00 $ 56,160

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,100 7.66 40.57 $ 17.59 $ 36,590
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 400 6.05 32.06 $ 20.50 $ 42,650
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 280 3.99 21.14 $ 19.51 $ 40,580
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.26 17.24 $ 27.86 $ 57,940
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.63 $ 27.00 $ 56,160

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 3.26 17.24 $ 27.86 $ 57,940
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.63 $ 27.00 $ 56,160
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 1.97 $ 25.28 $ 52,570
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 1.67 $ 21.79 $ 45,330
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 400 6.05 32.06 $ 20.50 $ 42,650


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022