Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
28,810 4.2 % $19.56 $40,690 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.30 $13.69 $18.73 $23.84 $30.56
Annual Wage (2) $21,410 $28,470 $38,960 $49,590 $63,560


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 6,940 17.53 $18.70 $38,890
Inland Water Transportation 6,910 25.86 $21.26 $44,220
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,630 6.10 $19.95 $41,500
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,980 0.10 $20.05 $41,710
State Government (OES Designation) 1,210 0.06 $20.11 $41,840

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 6,910 25.86 $21.26 $44,220
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,940 17.53 $18.70 $38,890
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,200 8.58 $13.87 $28,850
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,630 6.10 $19.95 $41,500
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 780 0.58 $19.32 $40,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $26.34 $54,790
Freight Transportation Arrangement 270 0.14 $25.73 $53,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 820 0.01 $23.85 $49,600
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 350 0.37 $22.65 $47,100
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $21.32 $44,340


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 6,620 3.51 16.15 $20.05 $41,710
Texas 2,340 0.21 0.99 $20.43 $42,500
California 2,240 0.15 0.70 $15.14 $31,500
Washington 2,150 0.76 3.49 $22.49 $46,770
Virginia 2,110 0.58 2.67 $19.52 $40,600




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 6,620 3.51 16.15 $20.05 $41,710
Alaska 740 2.30 10.59 $22.54 $46,890
Washington 2,150 0.76 3.49 $22.49 $46,770
Kentucky 1,090 0.61 2.82 $14.89 $30,970
Virginia 2,110 0.58 2.67 $19.52 $40,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 780 0.14 0.63 $26.55 $55,220
Oregon 150 0.09 0.42 $24.27 $50,490
New York 1,920 0.22 1.03 $23.11 $48,080
Alaska 740 2.30 10.59 $22.54 $46,890
Washington 2,150 0.76 3.49 $22.49 $46,770





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 2,540 4.83 22.24 $20.74 $43,130
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,350 24.24 111.55 $20.46 $42,550
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,080 2.87 13.22 $19.47 $40,500
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,850 0.67 3.09 $21.42 $44,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.26 5.82 $22.70 $47,210
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.23 1.04 $25.24 $52,490
Mobile, AL 570 3.38 15.54 $16.77 $34,890
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 480 0.39 1.79 $18.35 $38,170
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 400 0.31 1.42 $14.94 $31,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 390 0.30 1.40 $22.07 $45,900




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 2,350 24.24 111.55 $20.46 $42,550
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,540 4.83 22.24 $20.74 $43,130
Mobile, AL 570 3.38 15.54 $16.77 $34,890
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,080 2.87 13.22 $19.47 $40,500
Lafayette, LA 320 2.07 9.51 $18.29 $38,050
Lake Charles, LA 160 1.85 8.52 $13.16 $27,380
Barnstable Town, MA 160 1.60 7.37 $21.45 $44,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.26 5.82 $22.70 $47,210
Corpus Christi, TX 170 0.93 4.28 $19.05 $39,610
Baton Rouge, LA 310 0.84 3.85 $17.10 $35,560




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 80 0.04 0.20 $35.91 $74,690
Jacksonville, FL 260 0.44 2.04 $29.12 $60,560
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.20 0.94 $25.55 $53,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.23 1.04 $25.24 $52,490
Anchorage, AK 70 0.38 1.73 $24.60 $51,170
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.53 2.46 $24.57 $51,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.26 5.82 $22.70 $47,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 270 0.07 0.34 $22.26 $46,310
Baltimore-Towson, MD 390 0.30 1.40 $22.07 $45,900
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.46 2.12 $22.04 $45,830

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 860 6.36 29.27 $20.12 $41,840
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 710 4.80 22.10 $15.97 $33,220
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 370 10.41 47.92 $24.01 $49,940
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.17 19.22 $20.35 $42,330
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.95 8.98 $19.25 $40,030

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 370 10.41 47.92 $24.01 $49,940
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 860 6.36 29.27 $20.12 $41,840
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 710 4.80 22.10 $15.97 $33,220
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.17 19.22 $20.35 $42,330
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 1.95 8.98 $19.25 $40,030

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 370 10.41 47.92 $24.01 $49,940
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.17 19.22 $20.35 $42,330
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.69 3.16 $20.21 $42,030
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 860 6.36 29.27 $20.12 $41,840
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 1.39 $19.71 $41,000


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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