Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary Information in Louisiana

The average annual and hourly salaries for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in the state of Louisiana are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels among Louisiana metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Louisiana

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$40,360
25th Percentile Wage
$60,280
50th Percentile Wage
$84,520
75th Percentile Wage
$113,590
90th Percentile Wage
$148,250

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $148,250. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $84,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $40,360.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19.41
25th Percentile Wage
$28.98
50th Percentile Wage
$40.64
75th Percentile Wage
$54.61
90th Percentile Wage
$71.28

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in Louisiana in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $71.28. The median hourly salary is $40.64. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19.41.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,520-8.25%14.46%
201591,4909.48%-
201482,8205.96%-
201377,8807.16%-
201272,300--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Louisiana Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in some Louisiana cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in state of Louisiana ranges from $67,760 to $89,060. The highest paying area for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in Louisiana is Baton Rouge with a median annual salary of $89,060. The second highest paying city/area in Louisiana State is Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux (mean annual salary $84,040). The lowest paying area is Lake Charles with a median annual salary of $67,760.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Baton Rouge
$89,060
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux
$84,040
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner
$83,240
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
$83,180
Lafayette
$79,590
Lake Charles
$67,760



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