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Barge Captains

Barge Captains - Wages & Trends

Ship mates have less responsibility than captains, so their wages are usually lower than those of captains.

Wages vary by destination. Wages are higher for trips across the ocean than for other waters. However, workers may wait months between jobs, which reduces their yearly income.

Many mariners who work full time on American ships receive benefits. These benefits may include health insurance and sick leave. Some employers also offer retirement plans. 

 

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels (SOC 53-5021)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $30.11 $39.63 $58.07
Yearly $62,635 $82,429 $120,777
    Cook County Hourly $27.85 $36.15 $48.26
Yearly $57,938 $75,201 $100,383
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $40.22 $57.06 $64.55
Yearly $83,662 $118,679 $134,269
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $32.99 $36.27 $38.76
Yearly $68,624 $75,436 $80,622
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $25.11 $51.46 $65.36
Yearly $52,227 $107,031 $135,945
United States Hourly $24.89 $37.08 $52.07
Yearly $51,770 $77,130 $108,310

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.