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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
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

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
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Federal, State, and Local Government
Educational Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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
Ship Engineers
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
Sailors and Marine Oilers
Motorboat Operators


Highest paying industries for water transportation workers.