How Much Do Ship Pilots Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Ship Pilots

Ship Pilots command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$89740 per year
Hourly wage
$43 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$36,810 to $51,770 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $25 per hour

Entry-level Ship Pilots with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,810 to $51,770 per year or $18 to $25 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Ship Pilots to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $74 $153,070
Senior (Top 25%) $52 $108,310
Middle (Mid 50%) $37 $77,130
Junior (Bottom 25%) $25 $51,770
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $36,810

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
MS $51 $106,310
IN $47 $98,450
MI $47 $98,430
IL $46 $95,050
AK $46 $94,780
VT $45 $92,840
CA $43 $88,990
IA $43 $88,810
KY $42 $87,260
WA $41 $85,910

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Ship Pilot is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MS doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MS might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Ship Pilots are in the states of MS, IN, MI, IL and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging $138190 $66.44
Support Activities for Water Transportation $114120 $54.86
Support Activities for Mining $99640 $47.90
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $92090 $44.28
Inland Water Transportation $88160 $42.39
Federal Executive Branch $85600 $41.16
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction $84250 $40.51
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $83650 $40.22
Local Government $83210 $40.00
Scientific Research and Development Services $81590 $39.23
Rental and Leasing Services $81360 $39.12
State Government $81120 $39.00
Other Support Services $81080 $38.98
Gambling Industries $80860 $38.87
Management of Companies and Enterprises $79170 $38.06
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $76390 $36.72
Nonresidential Building Construction $72250 $34.73
Traveler Accommodation $71910 $34.57
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $70650 $33.97
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $69890 $33.60
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $69390 $33.36
Ship and Boat Building $63460 $30.51
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $63070 $30.32
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $55750 $26.80
Social Advocacy Organizations $48520 $23.33
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $32150 $15.46

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