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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,950
25th Percentile Wage
$49,740
50th Percentile Wage
$72,680
75th Percentile Wage
$102,630
90th Percentile Wage
$134,390

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 $134,390. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,950. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 284% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201672,680-5.64%8.98%
201576,7805.78%-
201472,3403.35%-
201369,9205.39%-
201266,150--

Table 2. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $101,470. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,770).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$101,470
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Mining
$85,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$80,950
Transportation and Warehousing
$73,350
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,630
Accommodation and Food Services
$71,610
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,040
Construction
$69,530
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$63,820
Manufacturing
$62,680
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$60,530
Educational Services
$56,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,920
Retail Trade
$36,770

Table 3. 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 $23,570 to $117,680. The highest paying state for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels is Texas with a median annual salary of $117,680. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,570. 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
Texas
$117,680
Alabama
$93,180
Arizona
$87,270
Oklahoma
$86,570
Kentucky
$84,610
Louisiana
$84,520
Washington
$82,800
Maryland
$82,680
Mississippi
$79,090
Oregon
$76,790
Indiana
$74,810
New York
$74,290
Pennsylvania
$74,060
Alaska
$71,640
Virginia
$69,160
District of Columbia
$67,600
New Jersey
$65,910
Georgia
$65,390
Arkansas
$65,050
Connecticut
$64,970
Delaware
$63,740
Florida
$62,510
California
$61,040
Maine
$58,950
Minnesota
$58,540
West Virginia
$58,320
Wisconsin
$57,220
South Carolina
$56,770
Iowa
$56,670
Missouri
$55,060
Massachusetts
$54,910
Michigan
$54,640
Ohio
$52,440
Hawaii
$47,220
New Hampshire
$42,240
North Carolina
$41,420
Illinois
$39,690
Tennessee
$38,270
Virgin Islands
$36,470
Puerto Rico
$23,570


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