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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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th 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 $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

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

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


Highest paying industries for water transportation workers.