Ship & boat captains & operators

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2019 Workforce
44.1k
Average Age
42.1
Average Salary
$71,686
Average Male Salary
$74,973
Average Female Salary
$30,059

About

Ship & boat captains & operators are most often employed by the Water transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Ship & boat captains & operators was $71,686 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Ship & boat captains & operators by wage are Administrative services managers, Biological scientists, and Cost estimators.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Ship & boat captains & operators are Iberia, St. Mary & St. Martin Parishes PUMA, LA, Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, and San Diego City (Central/Centre City & Balboa Park) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Ship & boat captains & operators are Iberia, St. Mary & St. Martin Parishes PUMA, LA, Lafourche & Assumption Parishes PUMA, LA, and New London County (South) PUMA, CT.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Ship & boat captains & operators and on wages and locations for those in the field. Water transportation is the industry that employs the most Ship & boat captains & operators, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Ship & boat captains & operators, by average wage, is Support activities for mining. Ship & boat captains & operators are paid most in Skagit, Island & San Juan Counties PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Iberia, St. Mary & St. Martin Parishes PUMA, LA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$71,686
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,844

In 2019, Ship & boat captains & operators earned an average of $71,686, $16,162 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Biological scientists make somewhat more than Ship & boat captains & operators while Administrative services managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Ship & boat captains & operators as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.409
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Ship & boat captains & operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.409, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Ship & boat captains & operators (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Ship & boat captains & operators.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Ship & boat captains & operators

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Ship & boat captains & operators.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Ship & boat captains & operators, by number of employees, are Water transportation, Services incidental to transportation, and U. S. Navy.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Ship & boat captains & operators, by average wage, are Support activities for mining, Services incidental to transportation, and Water transportation.

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Industries by Share

44.1k
2019 Workforce
± 5,155
−2.47%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.8%

The number of people employed as Ship & boat captains & operators has been declining at a rate of −2.47%, from 45,208 people in 2018 to 44,091 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Ship & boat captains & operators employed by various industries. Water transportation employs the largest share of Ship & boat captains & operators at  26.8%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 17.6% and U. S. Navy with 10.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Ship & boat captains & operators in the US. The average age of male Ship & boat captains & operators in the workforce is 42.7 and of female Ship & boat captains & operators is 34.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Ship & boat captains & operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

40.9k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,962
3.23k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,395

92.7% of Ship & boat captains & operators are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Ship & boat captains & operators.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Ship & boat captains & operators
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

79.4% of Ship & boat captains & operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.71% of Ship & boat captains & operators, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Ship & boat captains & operators.

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Age by Gender

42.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.74
34.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 6.64

The median age of Ship & boat captains & operators is 42.1, and Male employees are generally 8.53 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Ship & boat captains & operators from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Ship & boat captains & operators is Business but a relatively high number of Ship & boat captains & operators hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

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