Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
30,690 3.9 % $38.07 $79,180 2.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.49 $24.23 $34.78 $47.67 $61.70
Annual Wage (2) $36,370 $50,410 $72,340 $99,160 $128,330


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)
Inland Water Transportation 8,320 30.86 $38.07 $79,180
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,330 7.73 $46.42 $96,560
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,020 12.58 $36.06 $75,000
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,550 17.49 $24.53 $51,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,290 0.07 $35.00 $72,800

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 8,320 30.86 $38.07 $79,180
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,550 17.49 $24.53 $51,020
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,020 12.58 $36.06 $75,000
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,330 7.73 $46.42 $96,560
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 620 0.45 $40.90 $85,060

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) $51.10 $106,280
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,330 7.73 $46.42 $96,560
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 210 0.22 $43.79 $91,090
Support Activities for Mining 980 0.23 $42.56 $88,520
Freight Transportation Arrangement 250 0.13 $41.86 $87,070


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 8,390 4.38 19.28 $44.39 $92,330
Texas 2,650 0.24 1.04 $46.28 $96,260
California 1,880 0.12 0.55 $32.47 $67,530
Virginia 1,670 0.46 2.02 $36.10 $75,090
New York 1,670 0.19 0.83 $33.27 $69,190




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 8,390 4.38 19.28 $44.39 $92,330
Alaska 640 1.96 8.64 $34.39 $71,520
Hawaii 960 1.56 6.88 $25.20 $52,410
Kentucky 1,310 0.72 3.18 $38.44 $79,960
Washington 1,430 0.49 2.17 $38.23 $79,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,650 0.24 1.04 $46.28 $96,260
Louisiana 8,390 4.38 19.28 $44.39 $92,330
Tennessee 1,010 0.37 1.61 $42.55 $88,500
Alabama 260 0.14 0.62 $40.97 $85,210
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $40.65 $84,550





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 3,790 38.29 168.59 $41.55 $86,420
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,380 4.41 19.41 $51.91 $107,970
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,020 0.71 3.12 $46.35 $96,420
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,630 2.24 9.87 $36.11 $75,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.23 1.02 $35.43 $73,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.81 3.59 $38.73 $80,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 820 0.20 0.89 $35.32 $73,460
Lafayette, LA 630 4.02 17.69 $39.58 $82,330
Baltimore-Towson, MD 520 0.40 1.78 $37.84 $78,710
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.44 $36.63 $76,190




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 3,790 38.29 168.59 $41.55 $86,420
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,380 4.41 19.41 $51.91 $107,970
Lafayette, LA 630 4.02 17.69 $39.58 $82,330
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,630 2.24 9.87 $36.11 $75,120
Barnstable Town, MA 90 0.86 3.80 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.81 3.59 $38.73 $80,550
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 230 0.75 3.30 $25.75 $53,560
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,020 0.71 3.12 $46.35 $96,420
Corpus Christi, TX 130 0.68 3.01 $42.67 $88,760
Baton Rouge, LA 230 0.61 2.68 $45.43 $94,500




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)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.15 $68.65 $142,790
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,380 4.41 19.41 $51.91 $107,970
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $49.55 $103,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,020 0.71 3.12 $46.35 $96,420
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $45.72 $95,100
Baton Rouge, LA 230 0.61 2.68 $45.43 $94,500
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (8) (8) (8) $43.70 $90,900
Jacksonville, FL 270 0.45 1.96 $43.50 $90,470
Corpus Christi, TX 130 0.68 3.01 $42.67 $88,760
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 3,790 38.29 168.59 $41.55 $86,420

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 1,110 8.20 36.10 $42.15 $87,680
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 330 1.99 8.74 $19.62 $40,810
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.87 17.02 $33.87 $70,450
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 7.22 31.81 $33.58 $69,850
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 240 2.47 10.89 (8) (8)

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 1,110 8.20 36.10 $42.15 $87,680
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 7.22 31.81 $33.58 $69,850
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 290 3.87 17.02 $33.87 $70,450
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 240 2.47 10.89 (8) (8)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 330 1.99 8.74 $19.62 $40,810

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)
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $43.53 $90,540
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 1,110 8.20 36.10 $42.15 $87,680
Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $40.88 $85,020
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $38.49 $80,070
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.81 3.58 $35.54 $73,930


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.

(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 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