There are currently an estimated 33,800 sailors in the United States. The sailor job market is expected to grow by 7.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are sailors?

CareerExplorer rates sailors with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 10,500 sailors. That number is based on 2,600 additional sailors, and the retirement of 7,900 existing sailors.

What’s the supply of sailors?

The sailor industry is concentrated in Louisiana, Florida, Texas

Sailor job market by state

State Name Employed Sailors
Louisiana 6,220
Florida 3,550
Texas 2,650
Virginia 2,240
Washington 1,930
New York 1,290
Kentucky 1,130
Tennessee 900
Alaska 860
Indiana 820
Illinois 720
Hawaii 610
New Jersey 560
Maryland 550
Massachusetts 410
Pennsylvania 350
Alabama 340
Ohio 330
Oregon 270
North Carolina 240
Maine 210
Arkansas 180
Georgia 170
South Carolina 160
Mississippi 160
Michigan 160
Connecticut 130
Minnesota 110
Missouri 110
Rhode Island 100
Puerto Rico 80
Wisconsin 70
Delaware 60
Iowa 60
Virgin Islands 60
District of Columbia 30