Average Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels Salary

$87,758
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,866
Bonus
$2,500
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for a Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels is $87,758.
10%
$41k
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$88k
50%
$153k
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MEDIAN $87,758
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Salary
$41k - $153k
Bonus
$996 - $20k
Profit Sharing
$509 - $10k
Total Pay
$36k - $141k

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Job Description for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels

Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels Tasks
  • Oversee the loading and unloading of vessels.
  • Manage all aspects of vessel operations including transportation, cleanliness, and appearance of vessel. Drive vessel when required.
  • Coordinate the operation of the vessel through the Port Captain, Port Engineer, and the Home Office while on duty.
  • Adhere to safety guidelines for proper handling of vessels and manage and ensure proper inventory of safety gear.
  • Complete drills and training of crew including Man Overboard (MOB), Fire, and Abandon ship.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels
Tug Boat Captain
Ship Captain
Operations Manager
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels

Skills in Safety Compliance and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Emergency Response, Equipment Maintenance and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels

An entry-level Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $95,347 based on 8 salaries. An early career Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,986 based on 110 salaries. A mid-career Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,321 based on 119 salaries. An experienced Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,029 based on 175 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,790.
Employees with Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels in their job title in New Orleans, Louisiana earn an average of 36.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (25.3% more) and Seattle, Washington (25.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (30.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 586 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.4%
Early Career
18.8%
Mid Career
20.3%
Experienced
29.9%
Late Career
29.7%