Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

53-5021 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Excludes "Motorboat Operators" (53-5022).


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)
35,780 6.9 % $38.93 $80,970 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.13 $23.72 $34.10 $48.80 $66.65
Annual Wage (2) $35,640 $49,340 $70,920 $101,510 $138,620


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)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 9,760 27.03 $40.46 $84,150
Inland Water Transportation 8,770 33.70 $42.56 $88,530
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,690 8.46 $39.20 $81,540
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,950 18.54 $25.97 $54,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,400 0.07 $37.39 $77,770

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 8,770 33.70 $42.56 $88,530
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 9,760 27.03 $40.46 $84,150
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,950 18.54 $25.97 $54,010
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,690 8.46 $39.20 $81,540
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 890 0.80 $38.50 $80,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 140 0.04 $53.05 $110,330
Freight Transportation Arrangement (8) (8) $47.21 $98,190
Inland Water Transportation 8,770 33.70 $42.56 $88,530
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 9,760 27.03 $40.46 $84,150
Support Activities for Mining 460 0.17 $39.67 $82,520


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 6,290 3.31 13.19 $43.32 $90,100
Florida 5,650 0.67 2.67 $35.51 $73,860
Texas 2,820 0.24 0.95 $53.34 $110,940
Virginia 2,060 0.54 2.17 $37.22 $77,420
New York 1,850 0.20 0.80 $44.88 $93,350




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 6,290 3.31 13.19 $43.32 $90,100
Alaska 750 2.37 9.45 $33.02 $68,680
Hawaii 1,190 1.88 7.47 $25.53 $53,100
Mississippi 910 0.81 3.22 $59.29 $123,330
Florida 5,650 0.67 2.67 $35.51 $73,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mississippi 910 0.81 3.22 $59.29 $123,330
New Hampshire 50 0.08 0.32 $55.21 $114,840
Texas 2,820 0.24 0.95 $53.34 $110,940
Oregon 280 0.15 0.60 $46.98 $97,710
Washington 1,800 0.57 2.26 $46.84 $97,430



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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 3,950 3.46 13.80 $37.46 $77,910
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,850 5.16 20.55 $44.07 $91,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,140 0.73 2.91 $58.15 $120,960
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,040 24.23 96.53 $46.23 $96,170
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,980 2.67 10.62 $37.21 $77,410
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.96 3.83 $48.10 $100,040
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.21 0.84 $42.49 $88,380
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 580 0.44 1.77 $44.64 $92,840
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.37 1.46 $45.66 $94,960
Baton Rouge, LA 500 1.27 5.05 $39.77 $82,720


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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 2,040 24.23 96.53 $46.23 $96,170
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,850 5.16 20.55 $44.07 $91,660
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,950 3.46 13.80 $37.46 $77,910
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,980 2.67 10.62 $37.21 $77,410
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 180 2.48 9.87 $22.36 $46,520
Lafayette, LA 460 2.35 9.38 $35.74 $74,330
Baton Rouge, LA 500 1.27 5.05 $39.77 $82,720
Savannah, GA 180 1.04 4.16 $37.05 $77,070
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 120 0.97 3.85 $17.45 $36,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.96 3.83 $48.10 $100,040


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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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,140 0.73 2.91 $58.15 $120,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.96 3.83 $48.10 $100,040
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,040 24.23 96.53 $46.23 $96,170
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.37 1.46 $45.66 $94,960
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 580 0.44 1.77 $44.64 $92,840
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 2,850 5.16 20.55 $44.07 $91,660
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 240 0.21 0.82 $42.80 $89,020
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.21 0.84 $42.49 $88,380
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 200 0.14 0.54 $41.71 $86,750
Jacksonville, FL 350 0.52 2.09 $41.45 $86,220

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 800 5.25 20.90 $35.22 $73,260
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 6.64 26.47 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 410 5.82 23.20 $30.90 $64,260
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 230 2.38 9.50 $22.86 $47,550
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 5.97 23.77 $35.40 $73,640

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 Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 470 6.64 26.47 (8) (8)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 5.97 23.77 $35.40 $73,640
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 410 5.82 23.20 $30.90 $64,260
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 800 5.25 20.90 $35.22 $73,260
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 200 3.41 13.59 $34.11 $70,940

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)
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.71 $88,830
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.07 4.26 $40.84 $84,950
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.46 $80,000
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 210 5.97 23.77 $35.40 $73,640
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 800 5.25 20.90 $35.22 $73,260


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