Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
36,720 6.6 % $39.19 $81,520 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.81 $23.91 $34.94 $49.34 $64.61
Annual Wage (2) $34,950 $49,740 $72,680 $102,630 $134,390


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)
Inland Water Transportation 9,620 34.13 $39.96 $83,130
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,240 8.94 $43.12 $89,690
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 8,230 20.82 $41.40 $86,100
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 3,060 20.45 $24.42 $50,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,420 0.07 $37.20 $77,390

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 9,620 34.13 $39.96 $83,130
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 8,230 20.82 $41.40 $86,100
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 3,060 20.45 $24.42 $50,790
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,240 8.94 $43.12 $89,690
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 1,140 1.03 $36.61 $76,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Freight Transportation Arrangement 270 0.13 $49.56 $103,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 30 (7) $48.10 $100,040
Support Activities for Mining 560 0.20 $47.96 $99,760
Other Support Services 40 0.01 $44.36 $92,270
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $43.92 $91,360


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 7,700 4.00 15.31 $44.63 $92,830
Florida 4,020 0.49 1.87 $39.79 $82,760
Texas 3,080 0.26 1.00 $53.90 $112,100
Virginia 2,220 0.59 2.25 $37.53 $78,070
Washington 2,160 0.71 2.70 $40.27 $83,760




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 7,700 4.00 15.31 $44.63 $92,830
Hawaii 1,300 2.06 7.88 $25.68 $53,410
Alaska 600 1.85 7.09 $34.73 $72,230
Kentucky 1,500 0.80 3.06 $43.46 $90,410
Mississippi 850 0.76 2.91 $49.49 $102,930




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,080 0.26 1.00 $53.90 $112,100
Mississippi 850 0.76 2.91 $49.49 $102,930
Alabama 220 0.11 0.44 $45.33 $94,290
Oregon 260 0.14 0.55 $44.83 $93,250
Louisiana 7,700 4.00 15.31 $44.63 $92,830





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 3,120 5.58 21.35 $47.46 $98,720
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 2,680 29.76 113.79 $41.86 $87,070
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,370 2.11 8.06 $43.34 $90,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,230 0.76 2.91 $55.69 $115,840
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,130 2.88 11.01 $37.67 $78,350
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,990 1.25 4.78 $40.93 $85,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.25 0.97 $37.68 $78,370
Baton Rouge, LA 750 1.90 7.26 $43.18 $89,810
Urban Honolulu, HI 740 1.59 6.08 $28.86 $60,030
Jacksonville, FL 580 0.90 3.43 $43.72 $90,930




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 2,680 29.76 113.79 $41.86 $87,070
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,120 5.58 21.35 $47.46 $98,720
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 290 4.05 15.47 $20.03 $41,660
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,130 2.88 11.01 $37.67 $78,350
Lafayette, LA 450 2.19 8.36 $39.82 $82,830
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,370 2.11 8.06 $43.34 $90,140
Baton Rouge, LA 750 1.90 7.26 $43.18 $89,810
Urban Honolulu, HI 740 1.59 6.08 $28.86 $60,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,990 1.25 4.78 $40.93 $85,140
Savannah, GA 160 0.97 3.73 $34.25 $71,240




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 2,230 0.76 2.91 $55.69 $115,840
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 3,120 5.58 21.35 $47.46 $98,720
Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL 30 0.45 1.71 $45.69 $95,030
Brunswick, GA 40 0.93 3.56 $45.46 $94,570
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $44.90 $93,400
Jacksonville, FL 580 0.90 3.43 $43.72 $90,930
Anchorage, AK 70 0.43 1.63 $43.45 $90,370
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 250 0.24 0.92 $43.36 $90,180
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,370 2.11 8.06 $43.34 $90,140
Baton Rouge, LA 750 1.90 7.26 $43.18 $89,810

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 1,160 7.58 28.98 $43.65 $90,790
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 300 4.17 15.95 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 270 3.72 14.24 $34.07 $70,870
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 270 2.83 10.80 $23.21 $48,280
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.46 24.70 $33.79 $70,280

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,160 7.58 28.98 $43.65 $90,790
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.46 24.70 $33.79 $70,280
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 300 4.17 15.95 (8) (8)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 270 3.72 14.24 $34.07 $70,870
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 270 2.83 10.80 $23.21 $48,280

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 1,160 7.58 28.98 $43.65 $90,790
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.30 $83,810
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.84 3.20 $35.13 $73,070
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 270 3.72 14.24 $34.07 $70,870
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.46 24.70 $33.79 $70,280


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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