Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats, that travel into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, and sounds and on rivers, lakes, bays, and oceans. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Exclude "Motorboat Operators" (53-5022).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
30,450 3.5 % $34.01 $70,740 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.79 $21.09 $30.88 $43.00 $55.15
Annual Wage (2) $30,760 $43,870 $64,240 $89,440 $114,720


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support Activities for Water Transportation 8,460 $36.56 $76,040
Inland Water Transportation 7,130 $33.41 $69,500
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,050 $42.19 $87,750
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 3,220 $21.23 $44,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,120 $33.07 $68,780

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) $42.82 $89,060
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,050 $42.19 $87,750
Employment Services 160 $38.13 $79,310
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 690 $37.42 $77,840
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging (8) $36.88 $76,710


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 8,010 $35.43 $73,690 4.278
Alaska 740 $28.60 $59,490 2.405
Hawaii 450 $27.90 $58,020 0.770
Virginia 1,880 $38.23 $79,520 0.525
Florida 3,420 $36.74 $76,430 0.464

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 30 $49.18 $102,290 0.082
Tennessee (8) $45.89 $95,440 (8)
Texas 2,860 $40.51 $84,250 0.278
Virginia 1,880 $38.23 $79,520 0.525
Alabama 410 $37.33 $77,650 0.219


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 3,260 $36.12 $75,130 34.429
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,600 $34.99 $72,780 5.109
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,830 $38.48 $80,040 2.488
Pascagoula, MS 120 $33.48 $69,650 2.225
Mobile, AL 320 $37.67 $78,350 1.831

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 50 $56.79 $118,130 0.269
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,410 $50.58 $105,210 1.439
Anchorage, AK 100 $49.26 $102,460 0.627
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) $48.41 $100,680 (8)
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 140 $47.98 $99,810 0.274


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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 mean 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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010