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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
Industry profile for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
Geographic profile for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

National estimates for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
27,590 3.9 % $ 43.14 $ 89,740 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.70 $ 24.89 $ 37.08 $ 52.07 $ 73.59
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,810 $ 51,770 $ 77,130 $ 108,310 $ 153,070


Industry profile for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 8,840 35.76 $ 42.39 $ 88,160
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,660 6.43 $ 54.86 $ 114,120
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,210 8.77 $ 40.22 $ 83,650
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,390 21.33 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,290 0.06 $ 41.16 $ 85,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 8,840 35.76 $ 42.39 $ 88,160
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,390 21.33 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 3,210 8.77 $ 40.22 $ 83,650
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,660 6.43 $ 54.86 $ 114,120
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,180 0.98 $ 40.51 $ 84,250

Top paying industries for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 70 0.23 $ 66.44 $ 138,190
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,660 6.43 $ 54.86 $ 114,120
Support Activities for Mining 330 0.12 $ 47.90 $ 99,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 30 (7) $ 44.28 $ 92,090
Inland Water Transportation 8,840 35.76 $ 42.39 $ 88,160


Geographic profile for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 5,090 2.83 14.26 (8) (8)
Florida 3,010 0.36 1.80 $ 38.99 $ 81,110
Texas 2,560 0.21 1.07 $ 40.98 $ 85,230
Virginia 1,630 0.44 2.22 $ 39.32 $ 81,780
New York 1,480 0.17 0.86 $ 40.19 $ 83,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 5,090 2.83 14.26 (8) (8)
Alaska 350 1.18 5.96 $ 45.57 $ 94,780
Hawaii 580 1.01 5.08 $ 27.12 $ 56,410
Kentucky 1,260 0.70 3.55 $ 41.95 $ 87,260
Mississippi 650 0.60 3.03 $ 51.11 $ 106,310




Top paying states for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 650 0.60 3.03 $ 51.11 $ 106,310
Indiana 220 0.07 0.38 $ 47.33 $ 98,450
Michigan 220 0.06 0.28 $ 47.32 $ 98,430
Illinois 700 0.12 0.62 $ 45.70 $ 95,050
Alaska 350 1.18 5.96 $ 45.57 $ 94,780





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,050 3.98 20.04 $ 59.00 $ 122,730
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,780 0.20 1.01 $ 41.32 $ 85,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,570 2.19 11.03 $ 39.43 $ 82,020
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,550 0.52 2.63 $ 39.08 $ 81,290
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,130 1.86 9.39 $ 33.24 $ 69,140
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,060 0.54 2.72 $ 42.78 $ 88,980
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 620 0.47 2.38 $ 30.03 $ 62,460
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 520 0.40 2.03 $ 39.47 $ 82,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 500 0.09 0.43 $ 38.43 $ 79,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.20 1.02 $ 52.19 $ 108,560




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,050 3.98 20.04 $ 59.00 $ 122,730
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 340 2.79 14.04 $ 41.62 $ 86,570
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,570 2.19 11.03 $ 39.43 $ 82,020
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 130 2.01 10.14 $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,130 1.86 9.39 $ 33.24 $ 69,140
Brunswick, GA 60 1.54 7.74 $ 37.44 $ 77,880
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.30 6.55 $ 35.60 $ 74,050
Lafayette, LA 240 1.29 6.49 $ 39.43 $ 82,010
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 390 1.15 5.80 $ 37.21 $ 77,390
Punta Gorda, FL 40 0.95 4.78 $ 20.71 $ 43,080




Top paying metropolitan areas for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,050 3.98 20.04 $ 59.00 $ 122,730
Baton Rouge, LA 340 0.91 4.60 $ 53.62 $ 111,530
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 260 0.43 2.17 $ 53.43 $ 111,140
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 470 0.20 1.02 $ 52.19 $ 108,560
Tuscaloosa, AL (8) (8) (8) $ 48.86 $ 101,630
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 120 0.45 2.29 $ 48.56 $ 101,010
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 46.53 $ 96,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.21 1.05 $ 44.65 $ 92,870
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $ 43.63 $ 90,760
Burlington-South Burlington, VT (8) (8) (8) $ 43.59 $ 90,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 510 7.31 36.85 $ 50.14 $ 104,290
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 450 3.20 16.14 $ 36.81 $ 76,560
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 370 5.48 27.61 $ 42.98 $ 89,390
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 3.01 15.15 (8) (8)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 190 2.55 12.85 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 510 7.31 36.85 $ 50.14 $ 104,290
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 370 5.48 27.61 $ 42.98 $ 89,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 450 3.20 16.14 $ 36.81 $ 76,560
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 3.01 15.15 (8) (8)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 190 2.55 12.85 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 57.68 $ 119,980
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 510 7.31 36.85 $ 50.14 $ 104,290
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 0.76 $ 46.47 $ 96,660
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 2.11 $ 45.33 $ 94,280
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 370 5.48 27.61 $ 42.98 $ 89,390


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.

(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 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