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Small Craft Operator - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Small Craft Operator"

How much does a Small Craft Operator in the federal government get paid? $63,630.16* *Based on the 2020 average.

Small Craft Operator was the 393rd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 70 employed. The most common payscale was the nonsupervisory pay schedules - federal wage system payscale.

In 2020, the National Park Service hired the most employees titled Small Craft Operating, with an average salary of $62,531.

Government Small Craft Operating jobs are classified under the Federal Wage Schedule, Wage Grade (FWS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Small Craft Operating job is FWS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is FWS-12. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This standard covers nonsupervisory work involved in the operation of small oar, sail or mechanically propelled craft, generally under 55 meters (180 feet) in length, to transport personnel and supplies, control harbor pollution, remove aquatic plants, conduct hydrographic surveys of rivers and harbors, or carry out similar functions. The operations are characterized by regular daily tours of duty followed by employees' physical departure from the boat rather than watch and watch, which is characteristic of maritime industry practices. This work requires the ability to steer and navigate the small craft, operate the engines and, in some assignments, to make operating repairs to the engines and the boat itself.

Agencies that have hired a Small Craft Operator

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Park Service 21 $62,530.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 17 $58,300.76
Maritime Administration 16 $60,065.06
Bureau of Reclamation 10 $77,675.80
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 4 $70,775.00
Forest Service 1 $58,874.00
Geological Survey 1 $70,081.00

Small Craft Operator Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Small Craft Operator is $63,630.16. The highest paid Small Craft Operator made $85,504 in 2020.

Common Small Craft Operator Payscales

Payscale Number of Small Craft Operating Employees
WG - Nonsupervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 59
BB - Nonsupervisory - Negotiated Pay Employees 8
BL - Leader - Negotiated Pay Employees 1
XA - Special Overlap Area Rate Schedule - Nonsupervisory - Federal Wage System 1
WS - Supervisory Pay Schedules - Federal Wage System 1

Starting Paygrade: $8.49 to $20.98 / hour at paygrade FWS-4
Maximum Paygrade: $33.08 to $11.48 / hour at paygrade FWS-12

Other Jobs at the FWS-4 Paygrade

FWS-4 is the starting paygrade for Small Craft Operating jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the FWS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Mobile Equipment ServicingFWS-1FWS-6
Cemetery CaretakingFWS-2FWS-6
Motor Vehicle OperatingFWS-4FWS-8

Average Small Craft Operating Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for a Small Craft Operator was $45,177. Since then, the average pay has increased to $63,630 in 2020.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 5786.

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