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Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

Job Data

  • Typical education: Apprenticeship/Postsecondary Training

Salary Range

  • New York State: $61,500-$121,490 per year
  • Capital Region: $49,210-$102,660 per year
  • Central New York:
  • Finger Lakes: $49,440-$67,920 per year
  • Hudson Valley: $59,750-$119,180 per year
  • Long Island: $55,940-$112,370 per year
  • Mohawk Valley: $44,260-$68,310 per year
  • New York City: $68,610-$127,770 per year
  • North Country: $47,390-$85,130 per year
  • Southern Tier:
  • Western New York: $57,440-$104,720 per year

Typical Tasks

  1. Direct courses and speeds of ships, based on specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, water depths, tides, currents, and hazards.
  2. Prevent ships under navigational control from engaging in unsafe operations.
  3. Serve as a vessel's docking master upon arrival at a port or at a berth.
  4. Consult maps, charts, weather reports, or navigation equipment to determine and direct ship movements.
  5. Steer and operate vessels, using radios, depth finders, radars, lights, buoys, or lighthouses.