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Estimated employmentN/A
Mean wage$15.22
Entry wage$11.85
10th percentile wage$11.32
50th percentile wage$12.53
90th percentile wage$23.79
Sailors and Marine Oilers (53-5011)
Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.
Median Wage History
Compared to
Occupational Group
Current$12.53 $16.91  -$4.38
2019$11.80+6.2%$15.93 +6.2%-$4.12
2018$11.38+3.7%$15.36 +3.7%-$3.97
2017$10.99+3.5%$14.84 +3.5%-$3.84
2016$10.62+3.5%$14.34 +3.5%-$3.71
2015$10.38+2.4%$14.00 +2.4%-$3.62
2014$10.14+2.3%$13.69 +2.3%-$3.54
2013$9.98+1.6%$13.47 +1.6%-$3.48
2012$9.75+2.4%$13.16 +2.4%-$3.40
2011$9.63+1.2%$13.00 +1.2%-$3.36
Compared to
All Occupations
Current$12.53 $23.16  -$10.63
2019$11.80+6.2%$22.22 +4.2%-$10.41
2018$11.38+3.7%$21.54 +3.1%-$10.16
2017$10.99+3.5%$20.97 +2.8%-$9.97
2016$10.62+3.5%$20.49 +2.3%-$9.86
2015$10.38+2.4%$20.06 +2.1%-$9.68
2014$10.14+2.3%$19.63 +2.2%-$9.48
2013$9.98+1.6%$19.23 +2.1%-$9.25
2012$9.75+2.4%$18.90 +1.7%-$9.15
2011$9.63+1.2%$18.61 +1.6%-$8.97
Note: The mid-wage is the median wage. The average wage is the mean wage. The entry-level wage is equal to the average of the lower third of reported wages for the occupation. The wage range consists of the 10th and 90th percentiles; 80% of workers earn between this wage range, 10% earn less while 10% earn more.
Reference Date: 1st Quarter 2020
Top Areas For This Occupation
Best Pay
Median Wage / Employment
Eastern $12.53 
South Central $10.48130
Highest Employment
Median Wage / Employment
South Central $10.48130
Eastern $12.53 
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