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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Ship and Boat Captains and Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$124,210
75th Percentile Wage
$95,520
50th Percentile Wage
$68,080
25th Percentile Wage
$46,280
10th Percentile Wage
$31,320

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 $124,210. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,320. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 296% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Ship and Boat Captains and Operators 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 3. 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 3. 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $92,780. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $40,240).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Mining
$79,250
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$74,780
Transportation and Warehousing
$70,120
Wholesale Trade
$68,790
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,660
Manufacturing
$67,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$66,770
Construction
$64,550
Educational Services
$61,980
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,500
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,060
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,590
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$40,720
Retail Trade
$40,240

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