Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
32,530 6.6 % $22.20 $46,170 3.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.03 $14.47 $20.22 $26.37 $34.66
Annual Wage (2) $22,940 $30,100 $42,060 $54,860 $72,100


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 8,010 8.69 $21.26 $44,230
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,900 19.99 $25.38 $52,790
Inland Water Transportation 6,660 23.62 $21.86 $45,470
State Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.12 $23.18 $48,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $20.49 $42,630

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 6,660 23.62 $21.86 $45,470
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,900 19.99 $25.38 $52,790
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,600 10.71 $15.37 $31,980
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,010 8.69 $21.26 $44,230
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 520 0.47 $20.55 $42,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Support Services 40 0.01 $27.32 $56,830
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 7,900 19.99 $25.38 $52,790
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 100 0.07 $24.66 $51,280
Utility System Construction (8) (8) $24.42 $50,790
State Government (OES Designation) 2,630 0.12 $23.18 $48,220


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 6,590 3.43 14.79 $21.83 $45,410
Washington 3,210 1.05 4.52 $23.56 $49,000
Florida 2,820 0.34 1.48 (8) (8)
Texas 2,660 0.23 0.98 $20.94 $43,550
Virginia 2,270 0.60 2.60 $20.56 $42,770




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 6,590 3.43 14.79 $21.83 $45,410
Alaska 810 2.50 10.78 $22.96 $47,760
Washington 3,210 1.05 4.52 $23.56 $49,000
Hawaii 580 0.92 3.96 $16.28 $33,860
Virginia 2,270 0.60 2.60 $20.56 $42,770




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 220 0.12 0.54 $26.64 $55,420
Michigan 220 0.05 0.23 $26.39 $54,890
Washington 3,210 1.05 4.52 $23.56 $49,000
New York 1,620 0.18 0.77 $23.14 $48,130
Alaska 810 2.50 10.78 $22.96 $47,760





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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,030 1.91 8.23 $23.68 $49,250
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,520 4.51 19.45 $21.10 $43,900
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,200 2.98 12.86 $20.65 $42,950
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,170 24.11 104.06 $23.70 $49,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,940 0.66 2.86 $20.69 $43,030
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.54 6.65 (8) (8)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.21 0.90 $23.44 $48,760
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 740 1.15 4.98 (8) (8)
Jacksonville, FL 630 0.98 4.21 $26.02 $54,120
Lafayette, LA 520 2.55 11.02 $19.82 $41,220




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 2,170 24.11 104.06 $23.70 $49,290
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,520 4.51 19.45 $21.10 $43,900
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,200 2.98 12.86 $20.65 $42,950
Lafayette, LA 520 2.55 11.02 $19.82 $41,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,030 1.91 8.23 $23.68 $49,250
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,730 1.54 6.65 (8) (8)
Mobile, AL 220 1.29 5.56 $21.29 $44,280
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 740 1.15 4.98 (8) (8)
Muskegon, MI 70 1.07 4.63 $25.60 $53,250
Baton Rouge, LA 420 1.05 4.55 $20.43 $42,500




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)
Jacksonville, FL 630 0.98 4.21 $26.02 $54,120
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.54 2.34 $25.65 $53,350
Muskegon, MI 70 1.07 4.63 $25.60 $53,250
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 220 0.20 0.85 $25.50 $53,050
Anchorage, AK 90 0.51 2.18 $25.24 $52,500
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.20 0.85 $24.63 $51,230
Cleveland-Elyria, OH (8) (8) (8) $24.26 $50,460
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,170 24.11 104.06 $23.70 $49,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,030 1.91 8.23 $23.68 $49,250
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL (8) (8) (8) $23.52 $48,920

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 660 4.31 18.61 $18.97 $39,460
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 6.21 26.78 $21.31 $44,320
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 430 7.11 30.67 (8) (8)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 260 7.37 31.79 $25.18 $52,370
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 2.15 $16.59 $34,520

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 260 7.37 31.79 $25.18 $52,370
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 430 7.11 30.67 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 6.21 26.78 $21.31 $44,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 660 4.31 18.61 $18.97 $39,460
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 4.64 $23.86 $49,640

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) $32.51 $67,620
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 260 7.37 31.79 $25.18 $52,370
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 4.64 $23.86 $49,640
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 460 6.21 26.78 $21.31 $44,320
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 660 4.31 18.61 $18.97 $39,460


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017