Tug Boat Captain Salary

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Tug Boat Captains in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $51K to $149K per year, but median earnings come to around $102K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Tug Boat Captains like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance.

$53,304 - $150,301
$53K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,849
10%
50%
90%

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$20.07 - $47.39
$20
$32
$47
MEDIAN: $32.23
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50%
90%

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$0$150K
Salary $53,304 - $150,301
Bonus $202.73 - $15,351
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$50,856 - $149,071
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 117
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $20.07 - $47.39
Overtime $19.73 - $47.79
Annual Data $0$149K
Bonus $202.73 - $15,351
Profit Sharing $3,000
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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$50,856 - $149,071
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 35

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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

Pay by Experience for a Tug Boat Captain has a positive trend. An entry-level Tug Boat Captain with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tug Boat Captain with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 36 salaries. An experienced Tug Boat Captain which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 58 salaries. A Tug Boat Captain with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 68 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $98,219

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Tug Boat Captains, 30 percent higher than the national average. Tug Boat Captains will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+16 percent) and New York (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Employers pay around 5 percent less in San Francisco and 2 percent less in Norfolk, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Tug Boat Captain Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Tug Boat Captain?

Tug Boat Captain in Houston:
It's a pretty good job. Lots of travel and time away from home.

Key Stats for Tug Boat Captain

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%
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Experience Affects Tug Boat Captain Salaries

▲9%

National Average
$98,000

▼2%

Mid-Career
▼15%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
49%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 15%
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