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Inland Water Transportation Industry: Statistics, Market Size, Forecast

Inland Water Transportation - Market Size and Industry Forecast

The 2021 Inland Water Transportation Industry Report contains historical and forecasted statistics used by leading private equity firms and consultants. Market sizes from 2016 to 2026 reflect industry trends and growth patterns. Revenues include both public and private companies in the inland water transportation industry.

Market Size (Total Revenue)

% Growth Rate
Number of Companies
Total Employees
Average Revenue per Company
Average Employees per Company
Source: U.S. government financial data.

Industry Revenue ($ Billions)

Industry Revenue Forecast
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022

Advanced econometric models forecast five years of industry growth based on short- and long-term trend analysis. Market size includes revenue generated from all products and services sold within the industry.

Inland Water Transportation - Geographic Breakdown by U.S. State

Market size by state reveals local opportunity through the number of companies located in the region. Each state's growth rate is affected by regional economic conditions. Data by state can be used to pinpoint profitable and nonprofitable locations for Inland Water Transportation companies in the United States.

Inland Water Transportation Revenue by State

Market Size by State

Distribution by Company Size

Company SizeAll IndustriesInland Water Transportation
Small Business (< 5 Employees)

Small Business (5 - 20)
Midsized Business (20 - 100)
Large Business (100 - 500)
Enterprise (> 500)

Inland Water Transportation - Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial statement analysis determines averages for the following industry forces:
The report includes a traditional income statement from an "average" company (both public and private companies included).

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
Total Revenue

Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
Gross Profit
Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit

Average Income Statement

Average Income Statement

Cost of Goods Sold

Salaries, Wages, and Benefits



Depreciation and Amortization

Officer Compensation

Net Income

Inland Water Transportation - Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratios allow a company's performance to be compared against that of its peers.

Financial RatioIndustry Average
Profitability Ratios

Profit Margin
Liquidity Ratios
Current Ratio
Quick Ratio
Activity Ratios
Average Collection Period
Asset Turnover Ratio
Receivables Turnover Ratio
Inventory Conversion Ratio

Inland Water Transportation - Product Mix

Product DescriptionDescriptionRevenue
($ Millions)
Industry total

Trans of bulk liquids & gases, except in intermodal tank cont by wat
Transportation of other goods by water
Trans of dry bulks, except in intermodal tank containers, by water
Towing services
Trans of bulk liquids & gases in intermodal tank conts by water
Trans box & pal gds, no clim-cntrl, except intrmdl tank cont, wat
Passenger transportation by water
Other transportation of passengers by water
Transportation of automobiles by water

Inland Water Transportation - Compensation and Salary Surveys

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom QuartileAverage (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations3%

General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations7%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations76%
Water Transportation Workers65%
Sailors and Marine Oilers26%
Sailors and Marine Oilers26%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators34%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels34%
Material Moving Workers8%

Government Contracts

In the past, the federal government spent an annual total of $6,718,719 on the inland water transportation industry. It has awarded 146 contracts to 50 companies, with an average value of $134,374 per company.

Inland Water Transportation and Adjacent Industries - Top Companies

($ Millions)

Inland Water Transportation Industry Report
GeographyUnited States  
Publication DateOctober 2021
Report FormatPDF Download  

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