SOC Code 53-5011 - Sailors and Marine Oilers

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Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.


SOC Code 53-5011 - Sailors and Marine Oilers is a a final level code of the “Transportation and Material Moving Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 31,290 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $25.60 and average Annual Wage of $53,250.


Occupation Examples

  • Able Seaman
  • Deck Cadet
  • Deck Hand
  • Deckhand
  • Merchant Mariner
  • Merchant Seaman
  • Ordinary Seaman
  • Sailor
  • Vessel Ordinary Seaman

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