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.

$55,643 - $151,036
(Median)
$56K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,504
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90%

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$22.65 - $50.68
(Median)
$23
$33
$51
MEDIAN: $32.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,643 - $151,036  
   
Bonus
$9,759  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$52,816 - $149,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.65 - $50.68  
   
Overtime
$34.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$9,759  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$52,816 - $149,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.


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.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries


National Average
$98,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

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
10%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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