Salary for Pilots, Ship

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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!

Pilots are the head commanders of ships, steering them in and out of harbors, lakes, bays and other areas. 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 vocational training or above. Once hired, a new captain, mate or pilot will usually need up to two years of formal training before beginning work officially.

A Ship Pilot earns salaries somewhere between $36,810 to $153,070 based on education and experience. can expect an average pay level of eigthy-nine thousand seven hundred and fourty dollars yearly.

obtain the highest salaries in Mississippi, where they receive salary pay of close to about $106,310. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can get average job salaries 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.


Pilots, Ship 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