100% of the total operating expenses for the San Francisco Bar Pilots are paid for by corporations and ship owner(s) who use pilot services provided by the San Francisco Bar Pilots. The majority of users are headquartered outside of the United States.
Pilotage rates are set by California statute codified at Chapter 5 of Division 5 of the Harbors and Navigation Code.
A Bar Pilot’s income varies by the size and number of ships piloted, the expenses of providing the pilot service, and the number of pilots.
San Francisco Bar Pilots are classified by the IRS as self-employed partners and are responsible for their health care benefits, safety gear, and tax burdens.
Bar Pilots operate and maintain five pilot boats and employ 35 employees. This includes 29 union members who crew and support the pilot boats and provide around-the-clock dispatch service, and six who provide administrative and management services at the pilots’ shoreside facility on Pier 9 in San Francisco.