Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.


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)
31,500 5.1 % $19.11 $39,760 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.66 $13.66 $18.36 $23.21 $28.83
Annual Wage (2) $22,170 $28,420 $38,190 $48,280 $59,970


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)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 9,350 23.59 $18.59 $38,670
Inland Water Transportation 7,670 31.58 $19.26 $40,060
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,390 5.94 $20.21 $42,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,090 0.10 $19.95 $41,490
State Government (OES Designation) 1,370 0.06 $20.16 $41,940

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 7,670 31.58 $19.26 $40,060
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 9,350 23.59 $18.59 $38,670
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,200 8.71 $14.36 $29,870
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,390 5.94 $20.21 $42,030
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 830 0.65 $18.56 $38,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Freight Transportation Arrangement 110 0.06 $27.14 $56,440
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $26.75 $55,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 900 0.02 $22.88 $47,580
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $22.56 $46,920
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 110 0.33 $21.65 $45,040


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 5,920 3.17 13.11 $19.50 $40,560
Florida 2,950 0.41 1.68 $16.33 $33,970
Virginia 2,610 0.73 3.01 $20.35 $42,340
Texas 2,280 0.22 0.89 $19.26 $40,060
Washington 2,270 0.82 3.40 $22.48 $46,760




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 5,920 3.17 13.11 $19.50 $40,560
Alaska 850 2.67 11.03 $22.98 $47,800
Washington 2,270 0.82 3.40 $22.48 $46,760
Kentucky 1,300 0.74 3.05 $14.91 $31,020
Virginia 2,610 0.73 3.01 $20.35 $42,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,950 0.23 0.95 $25.80 $53,670
Alaska 850 2.67 11.03 $22.98 $47,800
Washington 2,270 0.82 3.40 $22.48 $46,760
Missouri 310 0.12 0.49 $22.43 $46,650
Oregon 210 0.13 0.53 $22.42 $46,640





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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,680 5.18 21.42 $19.25 $40,040
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,540 3.55 14.70 $20.35 $42,340
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,050 2.05 8.47 $15.57 $32,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,960 1.39 5.75 $22.92 $47,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,940 0.74 3.04 $19.74 $41,070
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,930 20.82 86.10 $19.52 $40,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.23 0.94 $27.81 $57,850
Mobile, AL 610 3.65 15.10 $16.67 $34,670
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 590 0.48 2.00 $21.93 $45,610
Baltimore-Towson, MD 410 0.32 1.33 $20.53 $42,700




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 1,930 20.82 86.10 $19.52 $40,600
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,680 5.18 21.42 $19.25 $40,040
Mobile, AL 610 3.65 15.10 $16.67 $34,670
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,540 3.55 14.70 $20.35 $42,340
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 260 2.40 9.93 $14.22 $29,570
Barnstable Town, MA 210 2.17 8.98 $22.12 $46,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,050 2.05 8.47 $15.57 $32,380
Ocean City, NJ 70 1.75 7.22 $18.54 $38,570
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.56 6.47 $19.91 $41,410
Lake Charles, LA 140 1.55 6.39 $13.65 $28,390




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)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 100 0.05 0.23 $33.60 $69,900
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,180 0.23 0.94 $27.81 $57,850
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 1.97 $24.69 $51,350
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $23.64 $49,180
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,960 1.39 5.75 $22.92 $47,670
St. Louis, MO-IL 350 0.27 1.13 $22.53 $46,870
Barnstable Town, MA 210 2.17 8.98 $22.12 $46,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $21.94 $45,630
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 590 0.48 2.00 $21.93 $45,610
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.66 2.72 $21.86 $45,460

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.63 23.27 $15.40 $32,040
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 710 5.29 21.88 $22.22 $46,220
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 440 12.67 52.41 $24.63 $51,240
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.48 18.52 $20.34 $42,300
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 2.14 8.85 $18.73 $38,950

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 440 12.67 52.41 $24.63 $51,240
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 830 5.63 23.27 $15.40 $32,040
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 710 5.29 21.88 $22.22 $46,220
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.48 18.52 $20.34 $42,300
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 210 2.14 8.85 $18.73 $38,950

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 440 12.67 52.41 $24.63 $51,240
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 710 5.29 21.88 $22.22 $46,220
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 330 4.48 18.52 $20.34 $42,300
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 120 1.75 7.25 $19.46 $40,470
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.26 $40,050


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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