A Ship Captain earns an average salary of $95,797 per year.

$45,673 - $197,491
(Median)
$46K
$96K
$200K
MEDIAN: $95,797
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$11.84 - $45.62
(Median)
$12
$27
$46
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$45,673 - $197,491  
   
Bonus
$2,508 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$8,750  
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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$41,521 - $186,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $45.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.75  
Overtime
$7.64 - $123.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,508 - $25,760  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,750  
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).
)
$41,521 - $186,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Ship Captain

A ship captain is the person in charge of everything that happens on a commercial boat, whether that vessel is involved in commercial freight work, passenger transport, or pleasure cruises for sightseeing or fishing. On a boat of any commercial size, the captain typically supervises a crew and helps to ensure the seaworthy nature of the ship until it reaches its destination. Because of the dangers and damages that can result if a ship is mishandled, typically a ship captain is given extraordinary responsibilities to guide everything that happens on his or her vessel.

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Ship Captain Tasks

  • 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.

Ship Captain Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Ship Captain in New Orleans:
"Responsibility."
Be prepared for the vast amounts of responsibility in various forms you will be presented.

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Experience Affects Ship Captain Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$93,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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