Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
27,640 4.7 % $19.70 $40,970 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.33 $13.78 $18.80 $24.33 $30.20
Annual Wage (2) $21,480 $28,670 $39,100 $50,610 $62,810


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 6,700 16.77 $18.62 $38,720
Inland Water Transportation 6,210 23.06 $21.10 $43,890
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,990 6.31 $19.96 $41,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,940 0.10 $20.15 $41,900
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,260 8.66 $14.10 $29,330

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 6,210 23.06 $21.10 $43,890
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 6,700 16.77 $18.62 $38,720
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 1,260 8.66 $14.10 $29,330
Support Activities for Water Transportation 5,990 6.31 $19.96 $41,520
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 550 0.39 $19.89 $41,370

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 440 0.10 $26.05 $54,190
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying (8) (8) $25.04 $52,070
Local Government (OES Designation) 440 0.01 $23.97 $49,850
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 350 0.36 $22.68 $47,180
Freight Transportation Arrangement 330 0.17 $22.37 $46,530


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 6,530 3.41 16.67 $20.65 $42,950
Texas 2,280 0.20 0.99 $21.00 $43,690
Virginia 2,000 0.55 2.67 $19.34 $40,230
Washington 1,980 0.68 3.33 $23.46 $48,790
California 1,960 0.13 0.63 $17.00 $35,360




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 6,530 3.41 16.67 $20.65 $42,950
Alaska 940 2.89 14.13 $22.14 $46,050
Washington 1,980 0.68 3.33 $23.46 $48,790
Virginia 2,000 0.55 2.67 $19.34 $40,230
Kentucky 1,000 0.55 2.71 $15.91 $33,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 160 0.09 0.45 $25.31 $52,650
Illinois 820 0.14 0.70 $24.59 $51,140
Maryland 440 0.17 0.84 $23.68 $49,250
Washington 1,980 0.68 3.33 $23.46 $48,790
Michigan 240 0.06 0.29 $22.64 $47,100





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 2,510 4.65 22.75 $20.60 $42,850
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,100 21.22 103.74 $21.55 $44,820
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,980 2.72 13.29 $19.31 $40,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,710 1.14 5.59 $23.42 $48,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,630 0.57 2.80 $21.09 $43,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.17 0.82 $24.31 $50,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 500 0.39 1.93 $16.71 $34,750
Mobile, AL 450 2.70 13.18 $17.70 $36,820
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 450 0.38 1.86 $17.56 $36,520
St. Louis, MO-IL 380 0.29 1.42 $19.19 $39,910




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 2,100 21.22 103.74 $21.55 $44,820
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,510 4.65 22.75 $20.60 $42,850
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 170 2.80 13.70 $23.54 $48,960
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,980 2.72 13.29 $19.31 $40,170
Mobile, AL 450 2.70 13.18 $17.70 $36,820
Lafayette, LA 300 1.93 9.42 $18.63 $38,740
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,710 1.14 5.59 $23.42 $48,720
Baton Rouge, LA 320 0.84 4.09 $16.99 $35,340
Corpus Christi, TX 150 0.81 3.95 $22.31 $46,410
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.62 3.04 $15.21 $31,630




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)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 40 0.52 2.53 $27.24 $56,660
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 240 0.22 1.09 $26.18 $54,460
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 120 0.37 1.81 $24.80 $51,590
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 900 0.17 0.82 $24.31 $50,570
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 170 2.80 13.70 $23.54 $48,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,710 1.14 5.59 $23.42 $48,720
Anchorage, AK 80 0.45 2.21 $23.22 $48,290
Corpus Christi, TX 150 0.81 3.95 $22.31 $46,410
Jacksonville, FL 300 0.50 2.44 $21.90 $45,550
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 2,100 21.22 103.74 $21.55 $44,820

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 1,000 7.39 36.15 $21.58 $44,890
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 7.09 34.68 $21.01 $43,700
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 320 9.22 45.07 $23.74 $49,390
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.14 5.58 $12.91 $26,860
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 3.25 $14.21 $29,570

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 320 9.22 45.07 $23.74 $49,390
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 1,000 7.39 36.15 $21.58 $44,890
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 7.09 34.68 $21.01 $43,700
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 200 1.14 5.58 $12.91 $26,860
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 4.61 $17.27 $35,920

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 320 9.22 45.07 $23.74 $49,390
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 1,000 7.39 36.15 $21.58 $44,890
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 540 7.09 34.68 $21.01 $43,700
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.72 $43,090
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 4.61 $17.27 $35,920


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015