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Ship and Boat Captains and Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of ship and boat captains and operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of ship and boat captains and operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of ship and boat captains and operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The ship and boat captains and operators 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. Ship and Boat Captains and Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,980
25th Percentile Wage
$47,460
50th Percentile Wage
$68,930
75th Percentile Wage
$98,780
90th Percentile Wage
$135,880

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for ship and boat captains and operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) ship and boat captains and operators is $135,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,930. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,980. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 299% 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 ship and boat captains and operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$68,930
-1.04% 9.13%
2016
$69,650
-3.98% -
2015
$72,420
5.99% -
2014
$68,080
3.28% -
2013
$65,850
4.87% -
2012
$62,640
- -

Table 2. Ship and Boat Captains and Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of ship and boat captains and operators 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 ship and boat captains and operators occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $94,090. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $36,680).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$94,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,200
Construction
$75,100
Mining
$74,720
Transportation and Warehousing
$70,420
Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,840
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$62,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,400
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$54,110
Accommodation and Food Services
$52,860
Educational Services
$52,370
Manufacturing
$47,610
Retail Trade
$46,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,680



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