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Tug Boat Captain Salary

Tug Boat Captains in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $135K per year, median earnings come to $96K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Tug Boat Captains enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.
$53,567 - $139,532
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MEDIAN: $95,658
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$23.94 - $54.63
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$53,567 - $139,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,605  
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$52,738 - $135,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Hourly Rate
$23.94 - $54.63  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $45.00  
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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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$52,738 - $135,040  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $79K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tug Boat Captains make a median salary of $92K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $82K.

Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$86,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%