Ship Captain Salary (United States)

A Ship Captain earns an average salary of $96,005 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Ship Captain Salary (?
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$41,990 - $187,095
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $96,005
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Ship Captain Salary (?
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$11.00 - $43.39
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$41,990 - $187,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,284  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,101 - $180,128  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $43.39  
   
Overtime
$29.70 - $124.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,284  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,101 - $180,128  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Ship Captain

  • Track and evaluate records for cargo, crew, and ship maintenance.
  • Coordinate crews for all ship duties in harbor and at sea.
  • Command and navigate naval vessels through the transportation of personnel and goods.
  • Keep crew and ship prepared for crisis situations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Ship Captain

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience Affects Ship Captain Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%
Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$92,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 49%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 21%
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