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.

$51,716 - $149,764
$52K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,052
10%
50%
90%

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$20.13 - $47.29
$20
$33
$47
MEDIAN: $32.57
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$0$149K
Salary $51,716 - $149,764
Bonus $4,000
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$50,719 - $148,397
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 116
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $20.13 - $47.29
Overtime $19.73 - $47.79
Annual Data $0$148K
Bonus $4,000
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$50,719 - $148,397
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

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

National Average: $97,775

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

Tug Boat Captain Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Tug Boat Captain?

Tug Boat Captain in Houston:
It's a pretty good job. Lots of travel and time away from home.

Key Stats for Tug Boat Captain

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%
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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

▲9%

National Average
$98,000

▼1%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Entry-Level
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 14%
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