Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and over three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $93K annually, but may range from $54K to $136K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Tug Boat Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$56,474 - $139,260
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$56K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,829
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$24.39 - $55.69
(Median)
$24
$38
$56
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$56,474 - $139,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Total Pay (?
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$54,402 - $135,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Hourly Rate
$24.39 - $55.69  
   
Overtime
$27.98 - $44.22  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
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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$54,402 - $135,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $82K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $81K. Tug Boat Captains bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $88K.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$86,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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