Salary for Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

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 transportation professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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 gets a compensation somewhere between 56000 to 84000 based on level of experience. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels will most likely earn an average compensation of Seventy Thousand Nine Hundred dollars each year.

Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels have the highest average potential salary in Delaware, where they get an average pay rate of near $102290. These professionals can get the best compensation in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they earn a compensation of $81900.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 35.63 percent nationwide in that time.
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,900
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $78,700
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $77,160
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $74,840
Transportation and Warehousing $71,400
Wholesale Trade $70,260
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $47,880
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $53,080
Construction $58,070
Other Services (except Public Administration) $61,020
Public Administration $66,400
Manufacturing $68,510