Ship & boat captains & operators

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
42.6k
Average Age
41.3
Average Salary
$78,057
Average Male Salary
$80,836
Average Female Salary
$47,104

About

Ship & boat captains & operators are most often employed by the Water transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Ship & boat captains & operators was $78,057 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Ship & boat captains & operators by wage are Audiologists, Credit analysts, and Other psychologists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Ship & boat captains & operators are Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, San Diego City (Central/Centre City & Balboa Park) PUMA, CA, and Lafourche & Assumption Parishes PUMA, LA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Ship & boat captains & operators are Lafourche & Assumption Parishes PUMA, LA, Terrebonne Parish PUMA, LA, and Miami-Dade (South/Outside Urban Development Boundary) & Monroe Counties PUMA, FL.

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 Oil & gas extraction. Ship & boat captains & operators are paid most in Aventura City & Surfside Town PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Lafourche & Assumption Parishes PUMA, LA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$78,057
AVERAGE SALARY
± $8,269

In 2020, Ship & boat captains & operators earned an average of $78,057, $22,103 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Credit analysts make somewhat more than Ship & boat captains & operators while Audiologists 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

0.406
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Ship & boat captains & operators had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.406, 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

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Ship & boat captains & operators, by average wage, are Oil & gas extraction, Justice, public order, & safety activities , and Support activities for mining.

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Industries by Share

42.6k
2020 Workforce
± 5,069
−0.112%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.8%

The number of people employed as Ship & boat captains & operators has been declining at a rate of −0.112%, from 42,686 people in 2019 to 42,638 people in 2020.

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  27.2%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 21.2% and U. S. Navy with 10%.

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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 41.9 and of female Ship & boat captains & operators is 34, and the most common race/ethnicity for Ship & boat captains & operators is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

39.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,856
3.51k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 1,455

91.8% of Ship & boat captains & operators are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

80% of Ship & boat captains & operators are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.65% of Ship & boat captains & operators, Black (Non-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 Sex

41.9
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.79
34
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 5.89

The median age of Ship & boat captains & operators is 41.3, and Male employees are generally 7.97 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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