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Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over three-fourths of Tug Boat Captains. Salaries average out to around $97K per year and spread from $55K to $138K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tug Boat Captains.

$57,424 - $141,283
(Median)
$57K
$97K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,236
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90%

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$24.30 - $54.04
(Median)
$24
$38
$54
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,424 - $141,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,500  
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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$54,751 - $137,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $54.04  
   
Overtime
$27.98 - $44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,500  
   
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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$54,751 - $137,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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Job Description for Tug Boat Captain

The position of tug boat captain requires a demonstrated ability to multitask, as well as strong leadership and command skills. A tug boat captain has the legal responsibility and accountability for the safe operation of a tug boat under a variety of challenging conditions and situations. Tug boats are used to push or pull cargo barges to transport materials and goods both domestically and internationally. They also are used to provide berthing assistance to large ships in harbors, as well as recovery and towing services to vessels in distress.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tug Boat Captain

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


For Tug Boat Captains, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Tug Boat Captains see a median income of $80K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $82K. Tug Boat Captains bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $89K.

 
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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$88,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%
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