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Water Transportation (NAICS 483) Industry Market Research Report

Water Transportation - Market Size and Forecast

The Water Transportation report contains both historical and forecasted statistics. Total market size figures from 2015 to 2025 reveal industry growth patterns and trends. Market size measurements include both public and private companies in the industry.

Market Size (Total Revenue)

Included in Report

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

Industry Revenue ($ Billions)

Water Transportation Industry Revenue
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

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.

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 Water Transportation companies in the United States.

Water Transportation Revenue by State

US Market Size by State

Distribution by Company Size

Company SizeAll IndustriesWater Transportation
Small Business (< 5 Employees)


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

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

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

Water Transportation - Product Mix

Product DescriptionDescriptionRevenue
($ Millions)
Industry total


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

Water Transportation - Compensation and Salary Surveys

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom QuartileAverage (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations5%


Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations11%
Information and Record Clerks6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations69%
Water Transportation Workers58%
Sailors and Marine Oilers23%
Sailors and Marine Oilers23%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators30%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels30%
Ship Engineers5%
Ship Engineers5%
Material Moving Workers6%

Government Contracts

In 2008, the federal government spent a total of $1,411,821,792 on the water transportation industry. It has awarded 4,281 contracts to 240 companies, with an average value of $5,882,591 per company.

Water Transportation and Adjacent Industries - Top Companies

($ Millions)


Water Transportation Industry Report
GeographyUnited States  
Publication DateSeptember 2020
Report FormatPDF Download  

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