Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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).

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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)
22,530 3.5 % $24.73 $51,430 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $17.48 $23.97 $30.20 $37.04
Annual Wage (2) $25,540 $36,360 $49,850 $62,810 $77,050

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for water transportation 6,490 $26.87 $55,890 1 2
Inland water transportation 3,930 $25.82 $53,700 2 5
Sea, coastal, and Great Lakes transportation 3,790 $26.44 $55,000 3 3
Scenic and sightseeing transportation, water 1,990 $17.33 $36,040 4 21
Federal government (OES designation) 820 $27.00 $56,170 5 1

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 820 $27.00 $56,170 5 1
Support activities for water transportation 6,490 $26.87 $55,890 1 2
Sea, coastal, and Great Lakes transportation 3,790 $26.44 $55,000 3 3
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 120 $25.87 $53,810 15 4
Inland water transportation 3,930 $25.82 $53,700 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 5,400 $24.68 $51,340 0.294% 98
Alaska 320 $25.60 $53,240 0.112% 119
Hawaii 440 $19.18 $39,890 0.080% 218
Virginia 1,630 $26.82 $55,790 0.048% 110
Florida 2,720 $23.13 $48,100 0.038% 158

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware (6) $30.13 $62,680 (6) 67
Washington 800 $28.44 $59,150 0.031% 113
Pennsylvania 440 $27.59 $57,380 0.008% 108
New York 1,340 $27.43 $57,050 0.016% 163
Virginia 1,630 $26.82 $55,790 0.048% 110

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Houma, LA MSA 1,810 $24.89 $51,770 2.244%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 200 $22.99 $47,830 0.229%
New Orleans, LA MSA 1,220 $23.28 $48,420 0.208%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 570 $27.57 $57,350 0.195%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 1,340 $26.91 $55,970 0.193%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lake Charles, LA MSA 110 $33.63 $69,950 0.135%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 60 $30.81 $64,090 0.081%
Detroit, MI PMSA 60 $30.60 $63,640 0.003%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 220 $30.39 $63,200 0.009%
New York, NY PMSA 690 $29.59 $61,540 0.017%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan 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 Excel files(XLS).

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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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