Salary: $146,000 versus $23,000
Of the six sectors that make up the ocean economy, employees in offshore mineral extraction make the most, while the average income for employees in the tourism and recreation sector is the least.
Offshore mineral extraction makes up only 5.5% of total employment in the ocean economy, while recreation and tourism makes up a staggering 72.1% of these jobs.
Note: The facts on this page refer to the “ocean economy,” which includes six economic sectors that are directly linked to the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes. This is distinct from the “coastal economy,” which accounts for all economic activity in the shore-adjacent counties of the U.S.
The basic geographic footprint for the data represented on this page is a suite of “Coastal Shoreline Counties” determined by using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s definition, which states that a coastal county must
- Have a coastline bordering the open ocean or the Great Lakes or
- Contain coastal high hazard areas (V-zones).
- Removal of shore-adjacent counties with no relevant economic activity (11 counties and the District of Columbia) and
- The addition of counties that are not shore-adjacent but do have significant levels of ocean-and Great Lakes-dependent economic activity (17 counties).
ENOW makes two adjustments to the list of Coastal Shoreline Counties: