Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
32,220 6.8 % $22.20 $46,180 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.48 $14.32 $19.66 $26.38 $34.86
Annual Wage (2) $23,880 $29,790 $40,900 $54,860 $72,510


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 8,700 9.38 $22.11 $45,980
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,280 19.07 $26.03 $54,130
Inland Water Transportation 7,140 27.47 $19.42 $40,390
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,200 13.56 $16.18 $33,660
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,900 0.09 $21.44 $44,590

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 7,140 27.47 $19.42 $40,390
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,280 19.07 $26.03 $54,130
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,200 13.56 $16.18 $33,660
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,700 9.38 $22.11 $45,980
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 440 0.37 $21.39 $44,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $30.06 $62,520
Support Activities for Mining 260 0.08 $28.71 $59,710
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,280 19.07 $26.03 $54,130
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 450 0.01 $24.98 $51,960
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,210 0.06 $24.58 $51,130


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 6,280 3.28 14.74 $22.32 $46,430
Florida 3,660 0.43 1.91 $30.91 $64,300
Texas 2,730 0.23 1.01 $19.33 $40,210
Virginia 2,230 0.58 2.61 $21.18 $44,060
Washington 1,860 0.57 2.57 $24.87 $51,720




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 6,280 3.28 14.74 $22.32 $46,430
Alaska 750 2.39 10.76 $20.73 $43,120
Kentucky 1,220 0.65 2.91 $19.54 $40,640
Virginia 2,230 0.58 2.61 $21.18 $44,060
Washington 1,860 0.57 2.57 $24.87 $51,720




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 3,660 0.43 1.91 $30.91 $64,300
Michigan 240 0.06 0.25 $25.70 $53,450
Minnesota 110 0.04 0.17 $25.21 $52,430
Washington 1,860 0.57 2.57 $24.87 $51,720
Missouri 130 0.05 0.21 $24.38 $50,720





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 2,590 4.69 21.06 $18.88 $39,270
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,520 0.97 4.38 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,180 2.89 13.00 $21.25 $44,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,120 0.71 3.19 $18.84 $39,190
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,050 24.30 109.17 $25.56 $53,160
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,820 0.19 0.86 $22.07 $45,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,620 0.82 3.68 $25.12 $52,250
Jacksonville, FL 640 0.93 4.17 $23.26 $48,370
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 530 0.11 0.51 $20.44 $42,520
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 480 0.35 1.58 $24.95 $51,900




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 2,050 24.30 109.17 $25.56 $53,160
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,590 4.69 21.06 $18.88 $39,270
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,180 2.89 13.00 $21.25 $44,200
Ocean City, NJ 90 2.35 10.56 $19.22 $39,970
Lafayette, LA 450 2.31 10.36 (8) (8)
Lake Charles, LA 210 1.80 8.10 $19.64 $40,840
Baton Rouge, LA 460 1.15 5.17 $21.91 $45,580
Mobile, AL 200 1.13 5.07 $19.03 $39,590
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,520 0.97 4.38 (8) (8)
Jacksonville, FL 640 0.93 4.17 $23.26 $48,370




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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 110 0.08 0.37 $26.71 $55,550
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $26.56 $55,250
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (8) (8) (8) $25.69 $53,440
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,050 24.30 109.17 $25.56 $53,160
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.08 0.36 $25.33 $52,690
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.54 2.44 $25.29 $52,600
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.22 0.99 $25.18 $52,380
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,620 0.82 3.68 $25.12 $52,250
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 480 0.35 1.58 $24.95 $51,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.08 0.37 $23.62 $49,120

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 5.50 24.73 $21.40 $44,500
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 630 5.97 26.82 $21.39 $44,500
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.59 20.61 $19.94 $41,470
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.53 2.36 $15.07 $31,350
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 1.23 5.52 $18.07 $37,590

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 630 5.97 26.82 $21.39 $44,500
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.50 24.73 $21.40 $44,500
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.59 20.61 $19.94 $41,470
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 1.23 5.52 $18.07 $37,590
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 2.89 $14.71 $30,590

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)
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.56 $59,400
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 1.59 $21.46 $44,630
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.50 24.73 $21.40 $44,500
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 630 5.97 26.82 $21.39 $44,500
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 320 4.59 20.61 $19.94 $41,470


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.

(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