Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

53-5022 Motorboat Operators

Operate small motor-driven boats to carry passengers and freight between ships, or ship to shore. May patrol harbors and beach areas. May assist in navigational activities.

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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)
3,600 18.7 % $14.71 $30,590 6.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.51 $8.77 $12.71 $19.83 $24.84
Annual Wage (2) $15,620 $18,240 $26,440 $41,250 $51,670

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 980 $19.57 $40,710 1 2
Inland water transportation 340 $13.18 $27,420 2 6
Federal government (OES designation) 210 $21.17 $44,030 3 1
Scenic and sightseeing transportation, water 210 $15.01 $31,230 4 3
Local government (OES designation) 90 $13.23 $27,510 5 5

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 210 $21.17 $44,030 3 1
Support activities for water transportation 980 $19.57 $40,710 1 2
Scenic and sightseeing transportation, water 210 $15.01 $31,230 4 3
Other heavy construction (6) $13.84 $28,800 (6) 4
Local government (OES designation) 90 $13.23 $27,510 5 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 510 $13.99 $29,100 0.028% 356
Hawaii 50 $14.80 $30,780 0.009% 327
Florida 610 $13.36 $27,800 0.009% 420
Rhode Island 30 $10.16 $21,130 0.006% 455
Texas 300 $17.88 $37,190 0.003% 269

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 350 $22.20 $46,180 0.002% 268
Washington 40 $20.85 $43,360 0.002% 281
Delaware (6) $20.04 $41,670 (6) 182
Illinois 120 $18.44 $38,360 0.002% 310
Texas 300 $17.88 $37,190 0.003% 269

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
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 50 $20.20 $42,010 0.057%
New Orleans, LA MSA 290 $14.34 $29,820 0.049%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 70 $16.67 $34,680 0.010%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA 40 $12.50 $26,000 0.003%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 60 $23.94 $49,790 0.001%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 60 $23.94 $49,790 0.001%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 50 $20.20 $42,010 0.057%
Chicago, IL PMSA 40 $17.50 $36,390 0.001%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA (6) $16.96 $35,280 (6)
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 70 $16.67 $34,680 0.010%

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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).

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(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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