Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
30,940 6.8 % $22.38 $46,560 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.47 $14.23 $19.58 $26.98 $35.52
Annual Wage (2) $23,850 $29,600 $40,730 $56,110 $73,870


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 7,830 8.62 $21.36 $44,430
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,490 20.74 $26.08 $54,250
Inland Water Transportation 6,850 26.33 $22.22 $46,230
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,140 13.49 $15.53 $32,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,900 0.09 $20.99 $43,650

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 6,850 26.33 $22.22 $46,230
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,490 20.74 $26.08 $54,250
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,140 13.49 $15.53 $32,300
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,830 8.62 $21.36 $44,430
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 410 0.37 $21.43 $44,570

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,490 20.74 $26.08 $54,250
Support Activities for Mining 480 0.17 $25.02 $52,050
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 440 0.13 $24.59 $51,140
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 160 0.11 $24.16 $50,260
Employment Services (8) (8) $23.81 $49,530


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 6,220 3.27 15.06 $22.53 $46,870
Florida 3,550 0.42 1.94 $31.01 $64,500
Texas 2,650 0.22 1.03 $20.14 $41,890
Virginia 2,240 0.59 2.72 $20.83 $43,320
Washington 1,930 0.61 2.79 $24.42 $50,800




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 6,220 3.27 15.06 $22.53 $46,870
Alaska 860 2.72 12.53 $21.09 $43,880
Hawaii 610 0.96 4.41 $18.56 $38,600
Washington 1,930 0.61 2.79 $24.42 $50,800
Kentucky 1,130 0.60 2.77 $20.60 $42,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 3,550 0.42 1.94 $31.01 $64,500
Indiana 820 0.27 1.26 $30.20 $62,820
Michigan 160 0.04 0.17 $26.00 $54,080
Oregon 270 0.15 0.67 $25.81 $53,690
Washington 1,930 0.61 2.79 $24.42 $50,800



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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)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,750 2.41 11.12 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,750 4.97 22.89 $21.60 $44,920
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,180 2.93 13.49 $20.91 $43,480
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,060 0.70 3.25 $20.60 $42,840
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,780 21.16 97.50 $24.49 $50,940
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.05 4.82 $24.72 $51,430
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.16 0.75 $23.45 $48,780
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 790 1.23 5.65 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.37 1.70 $24.92 $51,830
Lafayette, LA 500 2.55 11.75 $26.13 $54,360


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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 1,780 21.16 97.50 $24.49 $50,940
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,750 4.97 22.89 $21.60 $44,920
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,180 2.93 13.49 $20.91 $43,480
Lafayette, LA 500 2.55 11.75 $26.13 $54,360
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,750 2.41 11.12 (8) (8)
Ocean City, NJ 90 2.40 11.07 $18.19 $37,840
Mobile, AL 270 1.57 7.25 $21.30 $44,300
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 790 1.23 5.65 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 210 1.22 5.60 $19.57 $40,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.05 4.82 $24.72 $51,430


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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 180 0.13 0.60 $30.49 $63,420
Lafayette, LA 500 2.55 11.75 $26.13 $54,360
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 230 0.20 0.91 $25.78 $53,620
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $25.09 $52,190
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.38 $24.97 $51,940
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.37 1.70 $24.92 $51,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,720 1.05 4.82 $24.72 $51,430
Duluth, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $24.64 $51,240
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.10 0.45 $24.60 $51,160
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 1,780 21.16 97.50 $24.49 $50,940

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 760 4.98 22.94 $21.70 $45,130
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 8.78 40.44 $21.91 $45,580
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 300 5.22 24.05 $19.96 $41,520
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 2.50 $16.26 $33,820
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.83 8.41 $22.35 $46,490

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 8.78 40.44 $21.91 $45,580
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 300 5.22 24.05 $19.96 $41,520
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 760 4.98 22.94 $21.70 $45,130
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.83 8.41 $22.35 $46,490
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.57 2.61 $13.01 $27,050

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) $32.73 $68,080
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 80 1.83 8.41 $22.35 $46,490
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 8.78 40.44 $21.91 $45,580
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 760 4.98 22.94 $21.70 $45,130
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.35 $44,400


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018