Avg. Base Salary (USD)
The average salary for a Ship Captain is $87,215
What is the Pay by Experience Level for Ship Captains?
A mid-career Ship Captain with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $100,498 based on 5 salaries. An experienced Ship Captain with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,887 based on 8 salaries. In their late career (20 years and …Read more
What Do Ship Captains Do?
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 …Read more
- 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.