Salary for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

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Also known as:  Barge Captain, Barge Master, Boat Pilot, Car Ferry Captain, Car Ferry Master, Coastal Tug Mate, Deck Officer, Docking Pilot, Ferry Boat Captain, Ferry Captain

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These workers play a supervising role on a water vessel (tug boats, ferryboats, etc). They are required to hold a license by the US Coastguard in order to be hired for work. Besides the license, these positions usually require a high school diploma or GED or above. Once hired, a new captain, mate or pilot will usually need up to one year of formal training before beginning work officially.

A Water Vessels Captain, Mate, or Pilot will normally get salaries ranging from $36,810 and $153,070 depending on the level of seniority. usually get a salary of eigthy-nine thousand seven hundred and fourty dollars per annum.

have the highest average potential salary in Mississippi, where they get normal pay levels of close to about $106,310. These people are compensated the highest in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can earn job pay of $97,610.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 73.06 percent nationwide in that time.

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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$97,610
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$93,960
Transportation and Warehousing
$92,510
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$85,200
Public Administration
$84,040
Manufacturing
$83,460

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$53,160
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$60,070
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$66,740
Educational Services
$68,950
Retail Trade
$71,230
Utilities
$76,390