Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
30,860 3.7 % $35.46 $73,760 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.20 $21.38 $31.80 $45.09 $60.54
Annual Wage (2) $31,610 $44,460 $66,150 $93,790 $125,930


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 7,380 8.13 $40.88 $85,020
Inland Water Transportation 7,200 29.63 $34.53 $71,820
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,350 16.03 $37.51 $78,030
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,320 16.81 $23.47 $48,820
Support Activities for Mining 1,270 0.33 $34.81 $72,400

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 7,200 29.63 $34.53 $71,820
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,320 16.81 $23.47 $48,820
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,350 16.03 $37.51 $78,030
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,380 8.13 $40.88 $85,020
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 1,010 0.80 $36.88 $76,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $43.43 $90,340
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,380 8.13 $40.88 $85,020
Freight Transportation Arrangement 300 0.16 $38.63 $80,350
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $38.42 $79,910
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging 90 0.27 $37.77 $78,560


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 8,230 4.41 18.61 $37.45 $77,900
Florida 2,470 0.34 1.44 $30.41 $63,260
California 2,110 0.15 0.62 $41.17 $85,630
Texas 2,020 0.19 0.81 $38.53 $80,140
New York 1,800 0.21 0.89 $35.67 $74,190




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 8,230 4.41 18.61 $37.45 $77,900
Alaska 610 1.93 8.14 $33.21 $69,070
Hawaii 640 1.08 4.57 $25.49 $53,010
Kentucky 1,130 0.64 2.72 $39.34 $81,820
Washington 1,600 0.58 2.44 $35.11 $73,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 750 0.28 1.20 $43.72 $90,940
Maryland 800 0.32 1.34 $43.66 $90,820
California 2,110 0.15 0.62 $41.17 $85,630
Kentucky 1,130 0.64 2.72 $39.34 $81,820
Texas 2,020 0.19 0.81 $38.53 $80,140





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 3,610 38.98 164.57 $37.22 $77,430
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,400 4.65 19.63 $37.51 $78,020
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,640 0.62 2.63 $38.97 $81,050
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,530 2.14 9.05 $35.57 $73,990
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.98 4.16 $35.61 $74,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.24 1.00 $36.96 $76,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.28 1.19 $45.20 $94,020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 970 0.97 4.10 $24.64 $51,260
Lafayette, LA 800 5.27 22.26 $33.08 $68,810
Baltimore-Towson, MD 670 0.53 2.24 $44.78 $93,150




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 3,610 38.98 164.57 $37.22 $77,430
Lafayette, LA 800 5.27 22.26 $33.08 $68,810
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,400 4.65 19.63 $37.51 $78,020
Ocean City, NJ 80 2.16 9.12 $34.40 $71,560
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,530 2.14 9.05 $35.57 $73,990
Mobile, AL 340 2.01 8.50 $37.47 $77,940
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.33 5.60 $37.00 $76,960
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 130 1.18 4.98 $25.12 $52,250
Wilmington, NC 160 1.17 4.93 $22.63 $47,060
Barnstable Town, MA 100 1.03 4.33 $34.62 $72,000




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 180 0.19 0.80 $56.83 $118,210
Jacksonville, FL 260 0.45 1.92 $53.13 $110,500
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $47.97 $99,770
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 40 0.23 0.96 $47.32 $98,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.28 1.19 $45.20 $94,020
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 330 0.57 2.39 $44.98 $93,570
Baltimore-Towson, MD 670 0.53 2.24 $44.78 $93,150
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 220 0.22 0.95 $43.64 $90,780
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $43.35 $90,160
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.74 $88,900

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 950 7.07 29.86 $42.95 $89,340
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 820 5.54 23.40 $41.09 $85,460
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.02 16.96 $30.26 $62,940
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 290 1.85 7.81 $21.41 $44,540
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.91 29.16 $34.36 $71,470

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 950 7.07 29.86 $42.95 $89,340
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.91 29.16 $34.36 $71,470
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 820 5.54 23.40 $41.09 $85,460
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 4.02 16.96 $30.26 $62,940
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.87 7.88 $29.42 $61,190

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 950 7.07 29.86 $42.95 $89,340
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 820 5.54 23.40 $41.09 $85,460
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.62 $80,330
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 1.22 5.16 $37.42 $77,840
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 240 6.91 29.16 $34.36 $71,470


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.

(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 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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