Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

53-5011 Sailors and Marine Oilers

Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Include able seamen and ordinary seamen.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
27,170 5.2 % $15.25 $31,710 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $11.06 $14.33 $18.69 $22.39
Annual Wage (2) $17,830 $23,000 $29,810 $38,880 $46,580

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for water transportation 7,430 $14.66 $30,500
Inland water transportation 6,030 $16.32 $33,940
Sea, coastal, and Great Lakes transportation 3,700 $15.19 $31,600
Scenic and sightseeing transportation, water 1,850 $11.01 $22,900
Federal government (OES designation) 1,810 $15.29 $31,810

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and gas extraction 660 $23.23 $48,330
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing (7) $20.99 $43,650
Local government (OES designation) 250 $18.15 $37,750
Support activities for mining 260 $18.11 $37,670
State government (OES designation) 1,090 $17.20 $35,790

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
Louisiana 5,870 $14.20 $29,530 0.317%
Alaska 650 $16.81 $34,970 0.224%
Virginia 2,390 $16.14 $33,580 0.070%
West Virginia 400 $15.32 $31,870 0.059%
Kentucky 1,000 $15.24 $31,700 0.058%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
New York 1,610 $18.81 $39,120 0.020%
Washington 1,390 $18.27 $38,000 0.054%
Indiana (7) $17.89 $37,210 (7)
California 2,810 $16.91 $35,180 0.019%
Alaska 650 $16.81 $34,970 0.224%

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 1,890 $13.25 $27,550 2.297%
Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA-NC MSA 2,330 $16.22 $33,740 0.330%
New Orleans, LA MSA 1,630 $14.11 $29,350 0.272%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 730 $16.44 $34,190 0.249%
Galveston-Texas City, TX PMSA 200 $11.80 $24,540 0.226%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 1,110 $20.39 $42,410 0.028%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 120 $19.32 $40,170 0.159%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 170 $18.71 $38,920 0.072%
Louisville, KY-IN MSA (7) $18.71 $38,910 (7)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 1,050 $18.53 $38,550 0.082%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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