Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2008

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
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)
32,420 4.2 % $17.25 $35,880 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.15 $12.77 $16.53 $21.19 $24.95
Annual Wage (2) $21,110 $26,550 $34,390 $44,080 $51,890


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
Inland Water Transportation 7,830 $16.60 $34,530
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,470 $17.94 $37,320
Federal Executive Branch (OES designation) 2,110 $17.96 $37,350
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,480 $12.34 $25,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 730 $17.57 $36,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) $20.25 $42,120
Ship and Boat Building (8) $18.34 $38,150
Traveler Accommodation 30 $18.20 $37,860
Local Government (OES designation) (8) $18.15 $37,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 200 $18.05 $37,540


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 Percent of State employment
Louisiana 8,210 $17.16 $35,690 0.435%
Alaska 660 $19.15 $39,830 0.214%
Virginia 3,050 $18.96 $39,430 0.083%
Washington 1,980 $21.24 $44,180 0.069%
West Virginia 400 $17.54 $36,490 0.056%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 1,980 $21.24 $44,180 0.069%
Michigan 360 $19.18 $39,900 0.009%
Alaska 660 $19.15 $39,830 0.214%
South Carolina 170 $18.97 $39,450 0.009%
Virginia 3,050 $18.96 $39,430 0.083%


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 Percent of MSA employment
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,700 $17.97 $37,380 2.858%
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,750 $16.08 $33,450 0.534%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 3,040 $18.98 $39,470 0.401%
Baton Rouge, LA 1,110 $16.61 $34,560 0.301%
Mobile, AL 510 $12.59 $26,180 0.282%

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,730 $21.40 $44,520 0.119%
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 $21.25 $44,200 0.060%
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 870 $20.90 $43,480 0.017%
Charleston-North Charleston, SC (8) $20.73 $43,120 (8)
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 300 $20.55 $42,750 0.039%


About May 2008 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 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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2008 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2008 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 04, 2009

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