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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,380
25th Percentile Wage
$47,080
50th Percentile Wage
$69,650
75th Percentile Wage
$99,670
90th Percentile Wage
$131,540

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 $131,540. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,380. 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 306% 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 ship and boat captains and operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201669,650-3.98%10.06%
201572,4205.99%-
201468,0803.28%-
201365,8504.87%-
201262,640--

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 $95,940. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $36,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$95,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,780
Mining
$85,870
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$77,470
Transportation and Warehousing
$71,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,940
Construction
$68,970
Manufacturing
$66,000
Accommodation and Food Services
$65,550
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$62,890
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,670
Educational Services
$53,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,170
Retail Trade
$46,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,120


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