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Life As a Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel

Position 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.

Types of Captain, Mate, or Pilot of a Water Vessel

  • Harbor Tug Captain
  • Harbor Pilot
  • Tow Boat Captain
  • Tugboat Captain
  • Ferryboat Captain

Is There Going to be Demand 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. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,400 job openings in this field each 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.

Average Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels Salary

The salary for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels ranges between about $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 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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