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Salary for Ship and Boat Captains

Also known as:  Barge Captain, Barge Master, Boat Pilot, Car Ferry Captain, Car Ferry Master, Coastal Tug Mate, Deck Officer, Docking Pilot, Ferry Boat Captain, Ferry Captain


Boat captains can be employed by large hospitality industry companies, such as in the case of pleasure cruises, in private practice, or in the industrial or fishing industries. These positions typically require advanced marine operations training, logistics, and transportation study, as well as hands-on experience in other positions on ships, such as being a deck officer. Many boat captains in the private sector come from military or naval backgrounds.

A Ship or Boat Captain can expect wages of around 56000 to 84000 depending on seniority. Ship and Boat Captains can get a pay level of Seventy Thousand Nine Hundred dollars annually.

Ship and Boat Captains are paid at the highest average level in Delaware, which has average job salaries of close to $102290. This group of people can expect the most salary in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they can earn average pay levels of $81900.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 35.63 percent nationwide in that time.
Ship and Boat Captains tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,900
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $78,700
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $77,160
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $74,840
Transportation and Warehousing $71,400
Wholesale Trade $70,260
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $47,880
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $53,080
Construction $58,070
Other Services (except Public Administration) $61,020
Public Administration $66,400
Manufacturing $68,510