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Industries at a Glance
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Water Transportation: NAICS 483

About the Water Transportation subsector

The water transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Water Transportation subsector provide water transportation of passengers and cargo using watercraft, such as ships, barges, and boats.

The subsector is composed of two industry groups: (1) one for deep sea, coastal, and Great Lakes; and (2) one for inland water transportation. This split typically reflects the difference in equipment used.

North American Industry Classification System

The water transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation: NAICS 4831
  • Inland Water Transportation: NAICS 4832

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in water transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

Data series Back
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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

60.7 60.6 (p)59.9 (p)59.8

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2020

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

12,050

General and operations managers

1,030

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,010

Sailors and marine oilers

9,930

Ship engineers

3,580

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for water transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings

Recent hourly and annual earnings for occupations commonly found in water transportation.

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2020
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

39.55 41.81 82,250 86,960

General and operations managers

59.86 70.65 124,510 146,950

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

19.08 21.70 39,680 45,140

Sailors and marine oilers

20.71 23.67 43,080 49,240

Ship engineers

37.08 39.57 77,120 82,310

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in water transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2016 2017 2018 2019

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

11 13 12 13

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2018

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

2.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

1.9

Cases involving days away from work

1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.5

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

Data series Back
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Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
Jun.
2021

Producer price index

(p)141.0 (p)143.3 (p)142.9 (p)148.2

Percent change from previous month

  (p)1.8% (p)1.6% (p)-0.3% (p)3.7%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in water transportation.

Establishments

Data series Back
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1st quarter
2020
2nd quarter
2020
3rd quarter
2020
4th quarter
2020

Number of establishments

Private industry

(p)2,113 (p)2,121 (p)2,148 (p)2,167

Local government

(p)9 (p)9 (p)9 (p)9

State government

(p)8 (p)8 (p)8 (p)9

Federal government

(p)1 (p)1 (p)1 (p)1

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: July 30, 2021