Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
30,220 3.1 % $34.50 $71,760 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.82 $20.78 $30.73 $44.57 $57.35
Annual Wage (2) $30,820 $43,210 $63,920 $92,710 $119,280


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 7,490 8.29 $41.10 $85,500
Inland Water Transportation 7,150 29.01 $32.37 $67,320
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,500 15.14 $35.38 $73,590
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,610 19.55 $23.63 $49,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,260 0.06 $34.11 $70,950

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 7,150 29.01 $32.37 $67,320
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,610 19.55 $23.63 $49,140
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,500 15.14 $35.38 $73,590
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,490 8.29 $41.10 $85,500
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 1,130 0.97 $36.77 $76,480

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) $44.62 $92,810
Freight Transportation Arrangement 270 0.15 $42.54 $88,490
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,490 8.29 $41.10 $85,500
Other Support Services 30 0.01 $38.53 $80,150
Employment Services 80 (7) $37.56 $78,130


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 7,740 4.21 17.86 $36.44 $75,790
Texas 2,690 0.26 1.11 $38.75 $80,590
Florida 2,620 0.37 1.56 $28.61 $59,510
New York 1,690 0.20 0.85 $35.55 $73,950
California 1,640 0.12 0.50 $39.87 $82,920




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 7,740 4.21 17.86 $36.44 $75,790
Alaska 670 2.13 9.02 $31.08 $64,650
Hawaii 620 1.08 4.58 $27.31 $56,810
Kentucky 1,130 0.65 2.77 $37.43 $77,860
Mississippi 510 0.47 2.01 $33.06 $68,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 120 0.27 1.17 $59.42 $123,580
Tennessee 610 0.24 1.00 $43.29 $90,050
Maryland 780 0.31 1.33 $40.33 $83,880
California 1,640 0.12 0.50 $39.87 $82,920
Georgia 310 0.08 0.35 $39.17 $81,480





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 3,290 36.44 154.68 $37.40 $77,790
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,660 5.22 22.17 $35.09 $72,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,230 0.87 3.71 $39.44 $82,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,490 2.07 8.79 $35.61 $74,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.26 1.09 $36.39 $75,690
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 970 1.00 4.23 $25.49 $53,030
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 970 0.71 3.00 $36.73 $76,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.21 0.89 $41.27 $85,850
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.50 2.10 $41.03 $85,350
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 610 0.56 2.36 $37.29 $77,560




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 3,290 36.44 154.68 $37.40 $77,790
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,660 5.22 22.17 $35.09 $72,980
Lafayette, LA 400 2.78 11.78 $28.61 $59,500
Mobile, AL 390 2.31 9.83 $36.36 $75,640
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,490 2.07 8.79 $35.61 $74,080
Wilmington, NC 220 1.66 7.06 $26.41 $54,930
Savannah, GA 230 1.57 6.64 (8) (8)
Ocean City, NJ 50 1.47 6.24 $31.23 $64,950
Lake Charles, LA 110 1.24 5.28 $39.57 $82,310
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.16 4.91 $25.04 $52,090




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)
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.23 0.99 $59.08 $122,890
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.19 0.80 $51.24 $106,590
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.30 $102,550
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $47.31 $98,410
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 40 0.23 0.99 $46.76 $97,260
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 220 0.23 0.98 $43.15 $89,740
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.79 $89,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.21 0.89 $41.27 $85,850
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 230 0.40 1.70 $41.14 $85,580
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.50 2.10 $41.03 $85,350

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 990 7.50 31.86 $40.48 $84,200
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 780 5.33 22.64 $39.29 $81,730
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.55 19.31 $26.45 $55,020
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 280 1.83 7.78 $22.51 $46,830
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.53 27.70 $33.04 $68,710

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 990 7.50 31.86 $40.48 $84,200
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 230 6.53 27.70 $33.04 $68,710
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 780 5.33 22.64 $39.29 $81,730
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.55 19.31 $26.45 $55,020
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 280 1.83 7.78 $22.51 $46,830

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 (8) (8) (8) $41.61 $86,560
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 990 7.50 31.86 $40.48 $84,200
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 780 5.33 22.64 $39.29 $81,730
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.45 1.90 $34.12 $70,960
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 1.04 4.41 $33.92 $70,560


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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