Ship Captain Salary

A Ship Captain earns an average salary of $96,651 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$47,067 - $185,922
$47K
$98K
$190K
MEDIAN: $97,624
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50%
90%

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$11.84 - $60.82
$12
$27
$61
MEDIAN: $26.53
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$0$185K
Salary $47,067 - $185,922
Bonus $986 - $40,547
Profit Sharing $4,500
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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$44,404 - $185,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 217
Hourly Data $0$101
Hourly Rate $11.84 - $60.82
Hourly Tips $5.00
Overtime $11.84 - $101
Annual Data $0$185K
Bonus $986 - $40,547
Profit Sharing $4,500
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).
)
$44,404 - $185,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 27

Job Description for Ship Captain

A ship captain is the person in charge of everything that happens on a commercial boat, whether that vessel is involved in commercial freight work, passenger transport, or pleasure cruises for sightseeing or fishing. On a boat of any commercial size, the captain typically supervises a crew and helps to ensure the seaworthy nature of the ship until it reaches its destination. Because of the dangers and damages that can result if a ship is mishandled, typically a ship captain is given extraordinary responsibilities to guide everything that happens on his or her vessel.

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Ship Captain Tasks

  • Command and navigate naval vessels through the transportation of personnel and goods.
  • Keep crew and ship prepared for crisis situations.
  • Track and evaluate records for cargo, crew, and ship maintenance.
  • Coordinate crews for all ship duties in harbor and at sea.

Ship Captain Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Ship Captain

Pay by Experience for a Ship Captain has a positive trend. An entry-level Ship Captain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 31 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Ship Captain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 39 salaries. An experienced Ship Captain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 59 salaries. A Ship Captain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,731

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Ship Captain Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Ship Captain?

Ship Captain in New Orleans:
"Responsibility."
Be prepared for the vast amounts of responsibility in various forms you will be presented.

Key Stats for Ship Captain

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
35%

Experience Affects Ship Captain Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$97,000

Mid-Career
▼17%

Entry-Level
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 27%