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What Did The Crew Members of a Paddlewheeler Make?

By the late 1800s the Anchor Line had pretty much set the standards for riverboat wages. Most other lines and independent owners went along with them.

Captain - $150 a month
Pilots - $150 a month
Chief Clerks - $125 a month
Chief Engineers - $125 a month
Mates - $125 a month
Boat's Carpenter - $75 a month

 

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