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Water Transportation Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of water transportation workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of water transportation workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of water transportation workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The water transportation workers 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. Water Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$110,630
75th Percentile Wage
$77,610
50th Percentile Wage
$53,130
25th Percentile Wage
$36,500
10th Percentile Wage
$25,690

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for water transportation workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) water transportation workers is $110,630. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,690. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 330% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Water Transportation Workers vs. Related Jobs

Table 3. Water Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of water transportation workers 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 water transportation workers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $76,530. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $38,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$76,530
Mining
$67,290
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,840
Construction
$57,580
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,580
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$55,210
Transportation and Warehousing
$54,190
Wholesale Trade
$51,520
Manufacturing
$50,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,580
Educational Services
$45,260
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,950
Retail Trade
$42,310
Accommodation and Food Services
$40,360
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,490

Table 4. Salaries of Water Transportation Worker Related Occupations

The average annual salary of water transportation worker related occupations at the national level is given in Table 4. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$72,340
Ship Engineers
$68,100
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$68,080
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$39,100
Motorboat Operators
$37,120

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