Tug Boat Captain Salary

Over three-fourths of Tug Boat Captains in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $136K per year, but median earnings come to around $97K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Tug Boat Captains enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$58,547 - $137,433
(Median)
$59K
$97K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,125
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50%
90%

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$24.19 - $54.25
(Median)
$24
$38
$54
MEDIAN: $37.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$58,547 - $137,433  
   
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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$55,519 - $136,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.19 - $54.25  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $45.00  
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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$55,519 - $136,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $79K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $81K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tug Boat Captains make a median salary of $90K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $89K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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National Average
$88,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%