Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $96K annually on average but can range from $54K to $136K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most Tug Boat Captains report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,739 - $141,416

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$22.41 - $55.53

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,739 - $141,416  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Total Pay (?
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$54,087 - $136,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$22.41 - $55.53  
   
Overtime
$24.58 - $42.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$54,087 - $136,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $82K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $81K. For Tug Boat Captains, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Tug Boat Captains who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $89K.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$87,000

Experienced
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Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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