Tug Boat Captain Salary

With more than two-thirds of Tug Boat Captains in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $53K to $139K per year and averages out to $98K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Tug Boat Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,156 - $143,661
(Median)
$54K
$98K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,524
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90%

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$24.00 - $54.44
(Median)
$24
$37
$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
$54,156 - $143,661  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$52,501 - $139,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $54.44  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $59.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$52,501 - $139,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $79K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $83K. Tug Boat Captains who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $90K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $96K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$89,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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