Salary for Sailors and Marine Oilers

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Also known as:  Able Seaman, Deck Cadet, Deck Hand, Deckhand, Merchant Mariner, Merchant Seaman, Ordinary Seaman, Sailor, Vessel Ordinary Seaman helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Sailors and marine oilers keep watch and make sure there are no obstructions in the path of their ship. They may also measure water depth, rig or perform a variety of maintenance tasks or other related work. These positions usually require a high school diploma or GED or above. Once hired, a new sailor will need up to one year of formal training before beginning work officially.

A Sailor or Marine Oiler will normally receive a salary between $25,710 to $78,190 based on tenure and industry expertise. get an average salary of fifty-five thousand six hundred and eigthy dollars yearly.

receive the highest salary in Maryland, which has average wages of close to about $58,050. People in this career receive the best pay in Manufacturing, where they can earn an average salary rate of $62,550.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 82.51 percent nationwide in that time.


Sailors and Marine Oilers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Transportation and Warehousing
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Educational Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Public Administration