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Life As a Captain, Mate or Pilot

Captain, Mate or Pilot Example Command or supervise operations of ships and water vessels, such as tugboats and ferryboats. Required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Harbor Boat Pilot
  • Car Ferry Captain
  • Tugboat Pilot
  • Ferry Boat Captain
  • Port Captain

Job Demand for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

In the United States, there were 38,800 jobs for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.8% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,400 new jobs for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,400 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels are Louisiana, Texas, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Indiana, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Captain, Mate or Pilot Average Salary

The average yearly salary of a Captain, Mate or Pilot ranges between $35,410 and $144,690. The median salary for this occupation is $69,180.

Salary Ranges for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

How much do Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels make in each U.S. state?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Texas

$103,950

Oregon

$100,150

New York

$95,370

Louisiana

$93,010

Washington

$90,890

Maryland

$86,460

Michigan

$83,040

Alabama

$79,750

Kentucky

$79,130

Florida

$78,880

Virginia

$77,370

Iowa

$75,600

New Jersey

$75,170

Delaware

$74,790

Pennsylvania

$74,780

Minnesota

$73,910

Georgia

$73,410

Alaska

$72,570

California

$70,840

South Carolina

$67,090

Illinois

$67,020

Maine

$61,410

Massachusetts

$57,700

North Carolina

$55,710

Tennessee

$54,480

Hawaii

$52,830

New Hampshire

$51,490

Wisconsin

$48,190

Ohio

$47,810

Where Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Are Employed

Captain, Mate or Pilot Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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