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

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Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

64.4 64.8 (p)64.3 (p)64.3

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2016

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

17,850

General and operations managers

1,390

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

2,250

Sailors and marine oilers

14,560

Ship engineers

4,380

(Source: Occupational Employment 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, 2016
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

37.16 40.62 77,300 84,500

General and operations managers

59.77 73.98 124,320 153,870

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

15.00 16.58 31,210 34,480

Sailors and marine oilers

20.68 23.77 43,010 49,440

Ship engineers

36.12 37.45 75,130 77,890

(Source: Occupational Employment 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 2012 2013 2014 2015

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

14 14 9 13

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

Data series 2015

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

Total recordable cases

2.0

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

1.4

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

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.

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Dec.
2016
Jan.
2017
Feb.
2017
Mar.
2017

Producer price index

(p)132.6 (p)129.9 (p)131.1 (p)129.6

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)-2.0% (p)0.9% (p)-1.1%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

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

Establishments

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4th quarter
2015
1st quarter
2016
2nd quarter
2016
3rd quarter
2016

Number of establishments

Private industry

2,092 (p)2,056 (p)2,061 (p)2,060

Local government

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

State government

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

Federal government

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

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: April 21, 2017