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Earnings

The average annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels was $76,780 in May 2015, according to the Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $38,310 or less and the highest 10 percent earned $134,950 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 $82,390) than those who work in scenic and sightseeing transportation (average of $50,630). The average annual salary for captains, mates, and pilots who are employed in inland transportation is $81,210.

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