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What Does it Take to Be a Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel?

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

Other Captain, Mate or Pilot Job Titles

  • Towboat Pilot
  • River Pilot
  • Car Ferry Master
  • Tug Boat Captain
  • Harbor Boat Pilot

Are There Job Opportunities for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels?

There were about 38,800 jobs for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,400 new jobs for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel by 2026. There will be an estimated 4,400 positions for Captain, Mate or Pilot per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Captain, Mate or Pilot are Nevada, Georgia, and Tennessee. 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 Salary

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels make between $35,410 and $144,690 a year.

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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels who work in Texas, Oregon, or Maryland, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $79,750
Alaska $72,570
California $70,840
Delaware $74,790
Florida $78,880
Georgia $73,410
Hawaii $52,830
Illinois $67,020
Iowa $75,600
Kentucky $79,130
Louisiana $93,010
Maine $61,410
Maryland $86,460
Massachusetts $57,700
Michigan $83,040
Minnesota $73,910
New Hampshire $51,490
New Jersey $75,170
New York $95,370
North Carolina $55,710
Ohio $47,810
Oregon $100,150
Pennsylvania $74,780
South Carolina $67,090
Tennessee $54,480
Texas $103,950
Virginia $77,370
Washington $90,890
Wisconsin $48,190

Where do Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Work?

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Below are examples of industries where Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels work:

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