Tug Boat Captain Salary
Tug Boat Captains in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fourths of Tug Boat Captains. Salaries average out to around $102K annually and spread from $51K to $148K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and over one-half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Tug Boat Captains enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
|Salary||$51,716 - $149,764|
|Total Pay (||$50,719 - $148,397|
|Hourly Rate||$20.13 - $47.29|
|Overtime||$19.73 - $47.79|
|Total Pay (||$50,719 - $148,397|
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
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
For Tug Boat Captains, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tug Boat Captains will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+17 percent) and New York (+10 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Francisco (4 percent lower) and Norfolk (1 percent lower).
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