Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
30,290 4.0 % $36.34 $75,580 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.13 $22.93 $33.62 $45.78 $58.94
Annual Wage (2) $33,550 $47,690 $69,920 $95,230 $122,590


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 8,430 31.54 $36.55 $76,020
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,920 7.50 $40.47 $84,170
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,120 12.92 $38.93 $80,960
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,080 14.91 $25.25 $52,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,260 0.06 $34.70 $72,170

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 8,430 31.54 $36.55 $76,020
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 2,080 14.91 $25.25 $52,520
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,120 12.92 $38.93 $80,960
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,920 7.50 $40.47 $84,170
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing 930 0.70 $38.20 $79,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $45.51 $94,670
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $44.71 $93,000
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 210 0.22 $43.99 $91,510
Support Activities for Water Transportation 6,920 7.50 $40.47 $84,170
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 5,120 12.92 $38.93 $80,960


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 8,260 4.38 19.18 $39.72 $82,610
California 2,280 0.16 0.68 $36.60 $76,130
Texas 2,180 0.20 0.87 $41.83 $87,000
New York 1,820 0.21 0.92 $32.27 $67,120
Florida 1,690 0.23 0.99 $33.39 $69,450




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 8,260 4.38 19.18 $39.72 $82,610
Alaska 640 2.00 8.74 $33.44 $69,560
Hawaii 590 0.99 4.31 $25.29 $52,600
Kentucky 1,080 0.60 2.64 $33.77 $70,250
Washington 1,320 0.47 2.05 $35.46 $73,760




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 120 0.03 0.14 $61.17 $127,230
Maryland 570 0.22 0.98 $47.38 $98,550
Tennessee 1,120 0.42 1.82 $43.51 $90,490
Texas 2,180 0.20 0.87 $41.83 $87,000
Louisiana 8,260 4.38 19.18 $39.72 $82,610





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 3,660 37.77 165.31 $38.26 $79,590
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,440 4.65 20.37 $42.83 $89,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,690 0.61 2.68 $42.65 $88,700
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,500 2.07 9.05 $36.08 $75,050
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,310 0.25 1.10 $33.46 $69,610
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.77 3.36 $35.56 $73,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.27 1.20 $43.33 $90,120
Lafayette, LA 650 4.23 18.52 $37.58 $78,160
Baltimore-Towson, MD 480 0.37 1.63 $49.94 $103,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 450 0.12 0.54 $31.26 $65,020




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 3,660 37.77 165.31 $38.26 $79,590
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,440 4.65 20.37 $42.83 $89,090
Lafayette, LA 650 4.23 18.52 $37.58 $78,160
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,500 2.07 9.05 $36.08 $75,050
Mobile, AL 320 1.91 8.38 $33.58 $69,860
Barnstable Town, MA 110 1.18 5.15 $39.46 $82,070
Lake Charles, LA 80 0.90 3.95 $33.76 $70,220
Honolulu, HI 340 0.78 3.42 $29.02 $60,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.77 3.36 $35.56 $73,960
Corpus Christi, TX 140 0.77 3.35 $35.59 $74,020




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)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 480 0.37 1.63 $49.94 $103,870
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 30 0.20 0.87 $49.23 $102,400
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 390 0.66 2.90 $48.37 $100,610
Jacksonville, FL 370 0.63 2.76 $45.33 $94,280
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN (8) (8) (8) $44.78 $93,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.27 1.20 $43.33 $90,120
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 2,440 4.65 20.37 $42.83 $89,090
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.71 $88,840
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,690 0.61 2.68 $42.65 $88,700
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH (8) (8) (8) $42.08 $87,530

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 1,080 8.03 35.13 $40.72 $84,690
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 700 4.78 20.94 $33.18 $69,000
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.19 18.33 $30.54 $63,520
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 250 1.54 6.76 $20.11 $41,820
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 6.94 30.37 $35.56 $73,970

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 1,080 8.03 35.13 $40.72 $84,690
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 6.94 30.37 $35.56 $73,970
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 700 4.78 20.94 $33.18 $69,000
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 310 4.19 18.33 $30.54 $63,520
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 190 2.01 8.81 $30.42 $63,280

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)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.54 2.37 $42.97 $89,380
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 1,080 8.03 35.13 $40.72 $84,690
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $39.26 $81,660
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 6.94 30.37 $35.56 $73,970
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 700 4.78 20.94 $33.18 $69,000


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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