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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Virginia

Considering a career as a Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel in Virginia?

8.2% Jobs Projection
$70,990 Median Salary
260 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Virginia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Virginia is growing faster than average.

  • Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in Virginia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Work in Virginia?

1,970 people worked as Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in 2018 in this state.

There were 2,060 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 90 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

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The typical state has 470 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels working in it, which means Virginia has more Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels than average.

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Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in this state are growing at a rate of 8.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.8%.

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Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 260 annual job openings, and 2,520 total jobs in 2026 for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 4,400 annual jobs and 42,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Make in Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels ranged from $45,590 to $118,780 with $70,990 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.92 to $57.1. The median hourly rate was $34.13.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $33.65 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.48.

The median salary in Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.

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Top Virginia Metros for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,890 $70,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 80 $63,080

Top States for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Employment

The table below shows the states where most Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Florida 6,050 $62,080
Louisiana 5,680 $78,970
Texas 3,050 $98,990
New York 2,040 $84,400
Virginia 1,970 $70,990
Washington 1,440 $82,870
Hawaii 1,320 $51,010
Illinois 1,220 $43,670
Kentucky 1,200 $61,620
Tennessee 800 $40,460
Mississippi 730 $0
Alaska 640 $69,400
Pennsylvania 490 $78,490
Maryland 490 $85,930
New Jersey 480 $73,590
Massachusetts 480 $56,450
South Carolina 460 $58,390
North Carolina 370 $45,540
Ohio 320 $46,390
Oregon 310 $86,920

Below are the states where Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
Texas $98,990
Oregon $86,920
Maryland $85,930
New York $84,400
Washington $82,870
Louisiana $78,970
Pennsylvania $78,490
Iowa $73,720
New Jersey $73,590
Alabama $72,970

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