Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and three in four have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $93K per year, but may range from $54K to $137K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Tug Boat Captains is high.

$56,997 - $143,418
(Median)
$57K
$93K
$140K
MEDIAN: $92,829
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$22.41 - $55.53
(Median)
$22
$38
$56
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$56,997 - $143,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Total Pay (?
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$53,708 - $137,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.41 - $55.53  
   
Overtime
$24.58 - $42.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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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$53,708 - $137,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Tug Boat Captains — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $80K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $81K. Tug Boat Captains with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. As Tug Boat Captains reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $88K.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$86,000

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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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
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%
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