Tug Boat Captain Salary
Tug Boat Captains in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $102K annually on average but can range from $53K to $150K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Tug Boat Captains enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.
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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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $84K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $87K. On average, Tug Boat Captains make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $107K on average.