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Ship's Captains


The median annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels was $72,340 in May 2019, according to the Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $37,270 or less and the highest 10 percent earned $153,700 or more. Salaries vary depending on the water transportation industry. Those who work in deep-sea, coastal, and Great Lakes water transportation earn higher annual salaries (average of $77,120) than those who work in scenic and sightseeing transportation (average of $52,760). The average annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots who are employed in inland transportation is $89,220.

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