Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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

Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard. Excludes "Motorboat Operators" (53-5022).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
29,280 3.2 % $33.89 $70,500 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.76 $20.52 $30.86 $44.11 $56.40
Annual Wage (2) $30,690 $42,690 $64,180 $91,750 $117,310


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,780 8.79 $39.81 $82,800
Inland Water Transportation 6,970 27.90 $32.51 $67,630
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 4,900 14.30 $34.89 $72,560
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,830 21.61 $22.57 $46,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,150 0.06 $34.39 $71,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 6,970 27.90 $32.51 $67,630
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,830 21.61 $22.57 $46,940
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 4,900 14.30 $34.89 $72,560
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,780 8.79 $39.81 $82,800
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 810 0.74 $36.96 $76,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $43.96 $91,430
Freight Transportation Arrangement 170 0.10 $42.83 $89,090
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $40.46 $84,150
Other Support Services 50 0.02 $40.28 $83,780
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,780 8.79 $39.81 $82,800


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 7,440 4.06 17.62 $37.03 $77,020
Texas 2,890 0.29 1.25 $40.81 $84,880
Florida 2,870 0.40 1.75 $26.87 $55,900
Virginia 1,780 0.50 2.19 $36.18 $75,240
New York 1,650 0.20 0.86 $35.04 $72,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 7,440 4.06 17.62 $37.03 $77,020
Alaska 620 2.03 8.79 $30.13 $62,670
Hawaii 410 0.71 3.09 $30.21 $62,830
Virginia 1,780 0.50 2.19 $36.18 $75,240
Kentucky 850 0.50 2.15 $33.79 $70,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 570 0.22 0.96 $43.12 $89,700
Alabama 360 0.20 0.86 $41.05 $85,390
Texas 2,890 0.29 1.25 $40.81 $84,880
Missouri 330 0.13 0.56 $39.99 $83,170
Delaware 60 0.15 0.63 $39.20 $81,540

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,920 32.28 140.10 $39.52 $82,200
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,560 5.07 22.00 $35.13 $73,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,450 0.98 4.26 $42.25 $87,890
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,680 2.34 10.17 $36.66 $76,260
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.24 1.03 $36.80 $76,540
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,020 1.06 4.62 $25.13 $52,260
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 840 0.63 2.72 $37.44 $77,870
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 690 0.63 2.75 $32.99 $68,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 630 0.51 2.19 $36.74 $76,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 470 0.12 0.53 (8) (8)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,920 32.28 140.10 $39.52 $82,200
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,560 5.07 22.00 $35.13 $73,080
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 220 4.71 20.43 $32.03 $66,620
Lafayette, LA 390 2.76 11.99 $28.15 $58,550
Lake Charles, LA 230 2.57 11.17 $33.85 $70,410
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,680 2.34 10.17 $36.66 $76,260
Savannah, GA 240 1.64 7.12 $33.39 $69,440
Mobile, AL 270 1.58 6.86 $42.28 $87,950
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 150 1.36 5.89 $26.30 $54,710
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 1,020 1.06 4.62 $25.13 $52,260




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA (8) (8) (8) $50.80 $105,660
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $48.49 $100,870
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 170 0.33 1.44 $42.77 $88,960
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 170 0.18 0.77 $42.39 $88,180
Mobile, AL 270 1.58 6.86 $42.28 $87,950
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,450 0.98 4.26 $42.25 $87,890
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 2.09 $40.86 $84,990
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 0.65 $40.67 $84,590
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.26 1.15 $40.51 $84,250
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,920 32.28 140.10 $39.52 $82,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 940 7.07 30.69 $38.46 $80,000
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 3.74 16.25 $35.97 $74,820
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 320 3.27 14.18 $28.35 $58,960
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 4.25 18.44 $27.63 $57,470
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.89 29.91 $28.85 $60,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 940 7.07 30.69 $38.46 $80,000
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.89 29.91 $28.85 $60,010
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 4.25 18.44 $27.63 $57,470
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 3.74 16.25 $35.97 $74,820
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 320 3.27 14.18 $28.35 $58,960

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 2.95 $40.91 $85,090
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 940 7.07 30.69 $38.46 $80,000
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 2.11 $37.04 $77,040
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 540 3.74 16.25 $35.97 $74,820
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 1.62 $34.13 $71,000


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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