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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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.


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

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Educational Services
Retail Trade
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