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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,640
25th Percentile Wage
$49,340
50th Percentile Wage
$70,920
75th Percentile Wage
$101,510
90th Percentile Wage
$138,620

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 $138,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,640. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 288% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$70,920
-2.48% 6.73%
2016
$72,680
-5.64% -
2015
$76,780
5.78% -
2014
$72,340
3.35% -
2013
$69,920
5.39% -
2012
$66,150
- -

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 $96,240. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,770).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$96,240
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$90,240
Construction
$76,730
Mining
$74,720
Transportation and Warehousing
$71,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,830
Accommodation and Food Services
$66,480
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$66,210
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,920
Educational Services
$55,770
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,120
Manufacturing
$47,570
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 $24,190 to $122,390. The highest paying state for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels is Texas with a median annual salary of $122,390. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,190. 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
$122,390
Washington
$90,220
Arizona
$87,270
Maryland
$86,960
Oklahoma
$86,570
Pennsylvania
$86,010
Louisiana
$85,440
Mississippi
$84,680
New York
$84,100
Alabama
$83,140
Oregon
$80,630
Indiana
$77,130
Georgia
$70,830
Virginia
$69,990
District of Columbia
$67,600
Delaware
$65,350
Arkansas
$65,050
New Hampshire
$63,810
Kentucky
$63,620
Alaska
$61,900
Minnesota
$61,690
California
$61,370
New Jersey
$60,180
Maine
$58,830
Florida
$58,800
West Virginia
$58,320
South Carolina
$57,820
Missouri
$55,060
Michigan
$54,160
Wisconsin
$53,900
Iowa
$53,260
Massachusetts
$52,240
Ohio
$50,580
Hawaii
$50,130
Guam
$49,980
Connecticut
$45,930
North Carolina
$45,110
Rhode Island
$44,240
Virgin Islands
$43,560
Illinois
$41,890
Tennessee
$39,180
Puerto Rico
$24,190



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