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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Water Transportation Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,650
25th Percentile Wage
$37,890
50th Percentile Wage
$54,870
75th Percentile Wage
$80,530
90th Percentile Wage
$116,140

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 $116,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,650. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 335% 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 water transportation workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,870-0.24%10.73%
201555,0003.40%-
201453,1303.75%-
201351,1404.22%-
201248,980--

Table 2. Water Transportation Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of water transportation workers 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 water transportation workers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $81,510. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $33,920).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$81,510
Mining
$65,800
Accommodation and Food Services
$63,680
Construction
$61,100
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,160
Wholesale Trade
$59,340
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,700
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$52,960
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,490
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$51,300
Educational Services
$47,170
Manufacturing
$47,150
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,490
Retail Trade
$42,670
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$33,920

Table 3. 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 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$72,680
Ship Engineers
$70,570
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$69,650
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$42,060
Motorboat Operators
$40,210


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