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Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately three-fourths of Tug Boat Captains. Salaries average out to around $97K annually and spread from $55K to $136K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,739 - $136,188
(Median)
$58K
$97K
$140K
MEDIAN: $97,159
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50%
90%

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$24.30 - $54.04
(Median)
$24
$38
$54
MEDIAN: $37.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,739 - $136,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,605  
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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$54,988 - $135,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $54.04  
   
Overtime
$27.98 - $44.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,605  
   
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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$54,988 - $135,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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's salary is approximately $90K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $82K on average. Tug Boat Captains who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $88K.

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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
0%

National Average
$88,000

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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