Tug Boat Captain Salary
The majority of Tug Boat Captains in the United States — more than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $51K to $148K per year, and the median is $101K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$52,912 - $149,051|
|Total Pay (||$50,631 - $147,840|
|Hourly Rate||$19.62 - $48.29|
|Total Pay (||$50,631 - $147,840|
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.Read More...
Using their specialized training, education and lifelong experience in local operating environments, tug boat captain determine how best to utilize navigational aids, as well as their boat's equipment, to safely transport barges and tow ships to their final location. They are responsible for the logistically, and often financial, interactions with both senior management and crew members on client vessels. They must have the ability to provide services on the high seas as well as in harbors, straits, rivers, and bays in order to be successful.
Tug boat captain also must be able to maintain the records, documentation and ship's logs required by international, federal, state and local laws and policies. This means that they must keep current on applicable shipping and marine laws and how they relate to the efficient operation of their tug boat.
Finally, a tug boat captain has to be able to direct the day-to-day operations as well as coordinating the on-board activities of the boat's crew such as operating engines, steering, and maintaining and repairing the ship's equipment.
Pay by Experience Level for Tug Boat Captain
Pay by Experience for a Tug Boat Captain has a positive trend. An entry-level Tug Boat Captain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tug Boat Captain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Tug Boat Captain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 58 salaries. A Tug Boat Captain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 68 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Tug Boat Captains, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Tug Boat Captains will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+17 percent) and New York (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 16 percent below the national average.
Key Stats for Tug Boat Captain
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