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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary Information

The salary statistics of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$128,330
75th Percentile Wage
$99,160
50th Percentile Wage
$72,340
25th Percentile Wage
$50,410
10th Percentile Wage
$36,370

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels is $128,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,370. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 252% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $72,340 3.46%
2013 $69,920 5.70%
2012 $66,150 3.49%
2011 $63,920 -0.41%
2010 $64,180 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 12.71%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 5.70%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 3.49% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.41%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$39,100
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$68,080
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$72,340
Motorboat Operators
$37,120
Ship Engineers
$68,100

Table 4. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $92,780. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $46,990).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Mining
$79,250
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$76,150
Transportation and Warehousing
$74,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,810
Wholesale Trade
$71,890
Manufacturing
$70,890
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,610
Construction
$64,930
Educational Services
$63,770
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$63,740
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,340
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,700
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$46,990

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels by States

From the above tables we note that not only captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,070 to $93,610. The highest paying state for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels is Tennessee with a median annual salary of $93,610. The lowest paying state is Virgin Islands with a median annual salary of $34,070. For more salary information of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Tennessee
$93,610
Texas
$93,280
Indiana
$87,350
Louisiana
$82,820
Alabama
$81,710
Kentucky
$79,400
Washington
$79,280
Maryland
$77,410
Arizona
$76,940
Oregon
$73,660
Minnesota
$72,920
Illinois
$70,730
Alaska
$70,550
Delaware
$69,450
Virginia
$67,830
Pennsylvania
$65,870
New York
$65,450
Connecticut
$63,870
California
$62,990
New Jersey
$62,930
South Carolina
$61,780
Florida
$61,400
Ohio
$60,960
West Virginia
$56,790
Iowa
$55,920
Wisconsin
$53,360
Missouri
$52,050
Maine
$50,460
Massachusetts
$50,210
Rhode Island
$48,680
Hawaii
$44,880
Michigan
$44,090
New Hampshire
$42,240
North Carolina
$41,320
Puerto Rico
$35,330
Virgin Islands
$34,070