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.

$52,912 - $149,051
$53K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,383
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50%
90%

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$19.62 - $48.29
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$48
MEDIAN: $32.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,912 - $149,051  
   
Bonus
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$50,631 - $147,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.62 - $48.29  
   
Overtime
$32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$9,826  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$50,631 - $147,840  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

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

National Average: $97,213

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
45%
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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

▲10%

National Average
$97,000

▼1%

Mid-Career
▼14%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 11%