Salary for Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge

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This occupation has now been updated to 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 find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Mates play a supervising role on a barges, ships and boats. There is not much danger involved in this work, but it does require a good deal of standing and heavy lifting. These positions usually require vocational training, an associate's degree or related work experience in order to be considered. Once hired, a new captain, mate or pilot will usually need up to two years of formal training before beginning work officially.

A Ship, Boat, or Barge Mate can get salaries in a range of $36,810 - $153,070 depending on experience and education levels. can earn an average wage of eigthy-nine thousand seven hundred and fourty dollars per annum.

can obtain the highest salaries in Mississippi, where they get salary pay of approximately $106,310. People working these jobs have the highest average potential salary in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they 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.


Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge 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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