Tug Boat Captain Salary

The majority of Tug Boat Captains in the United States — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $139K per year, and the median is $98K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Tug Boat Captains is high. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,156 - $143,661
(Median)
$54K
$98K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,524
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50%
90%

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$24.00 - $54.44
(Median)
$24
$37
$54
MEDIAN: $37.00
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50%
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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Tug Boat Captains in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $79K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $90K in this role. As Tug Boat Captains reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $96K.

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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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