Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
36,390 7.0 % $39.61 $82,380 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.03 $23.17 $33.26 $48.43 $69.56
Annual Wage (2) $35,410 $48,190 $69,180 $100,730 $144,690


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 8,950 34.42 $42.97 $89,380
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 8,780 22.98 $39.06 $81,250
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,580 9.25 $42.33 $88,040
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 3,010 18.53 $25.39 $52,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,340 0.07 $38.48 $80,040

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 8,950 34.42 $42.97 $89,380
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 8,780 22.98 $39.06 $81,250
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 3,010 18.53 $25.39 $52,810
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,580 9.25 $42.33 $88,040
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 820 0.70 $39.07 $81,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 140 0.04 $54.92 $114,230
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $49.89 $103,780
Inland Water Transportation 8,950 34.42 $42.97 $89,380
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,580 9.25 $42.33 $88,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 (7) $40.70 $84,650


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)
Florida 6,050 0.70 2.79 $37.92 $78,880
Louisiana 5,680 2.97 11.81 $44.72 $93,010
Texas 3,050 0.25 1.00 $49.98 $103,950
New York 2,040 0.22 0.86 $45.85 $95,370
Virginia 1,970 0.51 2.04 $37.20 $77,370




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 5,680 2.97 11.81 $44.72 $93,010
Hawaii 1,320 2.06 8.18 $25.40 $52,830
Alaska 640 2.04 8.09 $34.89 $72,570
Florida 6,050 0.70 2.79 $37.92 $78,880
Mississippi 730 0.65 2.58 (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 3,050 0.25 1.00 $49.98 $103,950
Oregon 310 0.16 0.65 $48.15 $100,150
New York 2,040 0.22 0.86 $45.85 $95,370
Louisiana 5,680 2.97 11.81 $44.72 $93,010
Washington 1,440 0.44 1.75 $43.70 $90,890





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)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,080 1.57 6.26 $36.88 $76,700
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,390 4.33 17.20 $47.69 $99,200
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,240 0.24 0.94 $45.31 $94,240
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,080 24.66 98.08 $47.76 $99,350
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,070 0.69 2.75 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,890 2.50 9.96 $37.28 $77,540
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,250 0.63 2.51 $44.93 $93,450
Jacksonville, FL 630 0.92 3.64 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 490 0.11 0.42 $27.98 $58,190
Lafayette, LA 490 2.48 9.87 $32.45 $67,490




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 2,080 24.66 98.08 $47.76 $99,350
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,390 4.33 17.20 $47.69 $99,200
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,890 2.50 9.96 $37.28 $77,540
Lafayette, LA 490 2.48 9.87 $32.45 $67,490
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 260 1.61 6.41 (8) (8)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,080 1.57 6.26 $36.88 $76,700
Barnstable Town, MA 120 1.18 4.69 $24.15 $50,230
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 120 1.04 4.14 (8) (8)
Ocean City, NJ 40 0.99 3.93 $32.15 $66,870
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 130 0.92 3.66 $26.50 $55,110




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)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,080 24.66 98.08 $47.76 $99,350
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,390 4.33 17.20 $47.69 $99,200
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 270 0.23 0.91 $46.16 $96,020
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,240 0.24 0.94 $45.31 $94,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,250 0.63 2.51 $44.93 $93,450
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 460 0.19 0.75 $44.13 $91,780
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL (8) (8) (8) $42.96 $89,360
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 440 0.32 1.28 $42.29 $87,960
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 60 0.77 3.07 $40.91 $85,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 270 0.19 0.74 $40.12 $83,440

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 880 5.86 23.31 $33.88 $70,470
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 5.12 20.34 $35.00 $72,810
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 6.61 26.29 (8) (8)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 240 3.48 13.82 $32.03 $66,620
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 230 2.32 9.21 $20.94 $43,560

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 6.61 26.29 (8) (8)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 880 5.86 23.31 $33.88 $70,470
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 5.12 20.34 $35.00 $72,810
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 240 3.48 13.82 $32.03 $66,620
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 220 2.91 11.56 $28.50 $59,280

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $44.36 $92,260
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 1.77 $37.24 $77,470
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 0.63 $36.86 $76,680
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.83 $36.53 $75,990
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 5.12 20.34 $35.00 $72,810


About May 2018 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019