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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
31,290 4.5 % $25.60 $53,250 9.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.11 $15.24 $20.90 $28.20 $36.31
Annual Wage (2) $25,190 $31,710 $43,480 $58,650 $75,520


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)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,020 7.34 $37.54 $78,080
Inland Water Transportation 6,590 24.57 $20.96 $43,590
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,160 15.91 $21.19 $44,080
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,800 0.13 $27.41 $57,020
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,050 12.08 $16.56 $34,440

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 6,590 24.57 $20.96 $43,590
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,160 15.91 $21.19 $44,080
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,050 12.08 $16.56 $34,440
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,020 7.34 $37.54 $78,080
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,030 0.84 $20.90 $43,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,020 7.34 $37.54 $78,080
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 80 0.25 $36.07 $75,030
Support Activities for Mining 220 0.06 $33.17 $68,990
Employment Services 200 0.01 $29.19 $60,720
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,800 0.13 $27.41 $57,020


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)
Louisiana 7,340 3.82 17.93 (8) (8)
Washington 3,500 1.06 4.96 $27.05 $56,270
Florida 3,130 0.36 1.67 $17.36 $36,100
Texas 2,570 0.21 0.97 $20.93 $43,540
Virginia 1,960 0.51 2.37 $21.54 $44,800




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 7,340 3.82 17.93 (8) (8)
Alaska 730 2.29 10.73 $21.06 $43,800
Washington 3,500 1.06 4.96 $27.05 $56,270
Kentucky 1,340 0.71 3.33 $20.46 $42,560
Virginia 1,960 0.51 2.37 $21.54 $44,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 580 0.22 1.02 $27.11 $56,390
Washington 3,500 1.06 4.96 $27.05 $56,270
Minnesota 110 0.04 0.18 $25.92 $53,910
California 1,700 0.10 0.46 $24.76 $51,490
Oregon 250 0.13 0.61 $24.58 $51,120





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)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,390 6.08 28.52 $20.63 $42,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,220 1.59 7.48 $27.31 $56,810
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,290 26.93 126.40 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,900 2.51 11.77 $21.72 $45,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,890 0.62 2.91 $21.08 $43,840
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,870 0.19 0.91 $23.74 $49,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,670 0.63 2.97 $15.40 $32,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,010 0.16 0.76 $26.10 $54,290
Jacksonville, FL 950 1.35 6.36 $20.39 $42,400
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.34 6.30 $20.45 $42,540




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 2,290 26.93 126.40 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,390 6.08 28.52 $20.63 $42,900
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,900 2.51 11.77 $21.72 $45,180
Ocean City, NJ 90 2.32 10.88 $20.65 $42,950
Lake Charles, LA 200 1.76 8.24 $18.14 $37,740
Lafayette, LA 340 1.74 8.15 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,220 1.59 7.48 $27.31 $56,810
Jacksonville, FL 950 1.35 6.36 $20.39 $42,400
Baton Rouge, LA 530 1.34 6.30 $20.45 $42,540
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 70 0.79 3.72 $27.46 $57,120




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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 490 0.36 1.67 $28.03 $58,290
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $27.70 $57,620
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 70 0.79 3.72 $27.46 $57,120
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3,220 1.59 7.48 $27.31 $56,810
Pittsburgh, PA 270 0.23 1.10 $26.86 $55,870
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.09 0.45 $26.63 $55,390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.18 0.87 $26.11 $54,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,010 0.16 0.76 $26.10 $54,290
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.20 0.92 $25.39 $52,820
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 150 0.05 0.24 $25.26 $52,530

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 830 5.57 26.14 $22.43 $46,650
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 590 5.46 25.65 $21.16 $44,010
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 400 5.68 26.68 $20.62 $42,890
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.47 6.90 $20.65 $42,940
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.45 2.11 $16.28 $33,860

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 Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 400 5.68 26.68 $20.62 $42,890
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.57 26.14 $22.43 $46,650
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 590 5.46 25.65 $21.16 $44,010
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.47 6.90 $20.65 $42,940
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 2.89 $19.34 $40,220

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)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.28 $50,500
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.57 26.14 $22.43 $46,650
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 0.61 2.85 $21.40 $44,510
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 590 5.46 25.65 $21.16 $44,010
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 140 1.47 6.90 $20.65 $42,940


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020