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Ship Captain Salary

$90,798 (USD)

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Last updated: June 25, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Ship Captain is $90,798 a year and $44 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Ship Captain is between $64,105 and $112,507. On average, a Master's Degree is the highest level of education for a Ship Captain. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Commands ship to transport passengers, freight, and other cargo across oceans, bays, lakes, and in coastal waters.
  • Sets course of ship, using navigational aids, such as charts, area plotting sheets, compass, and sextant, and orders crew worker at helm to steer ship.
  • Requires licensed by US Coast Guard for steam, motor, or sail ship according to waters navigated and tonnage of ship.
Ship Captain Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels

Job family population: 35,780

Estimated population of Ship Captain jobs: 547

Rate of error: 6.9%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Description: The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles (10.1 million km2). With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Forty...

Ship Captain Job Listings for United States

May 9
Portland, ME, USA
American Cruise Lines
Each ship carries between 100 and 200 passengers under a US flag. Each ship is state of the art and equipped with the latest safety, navigation, and communications systems The Captain is responsible ...
Port Captain BHJOB6704_2537
May 2
San Francisco, CA, USA
Core Group Resources
Job title Port Captain Location San Francisco, CA Position Summary The successful candidate will ... experience as a ship's Master or Chief Mate with US Coast Guard license Working conditions
Commercial Captain
Jun 11
New Orleans, LA, USA
Expoships LLLP
Prestigious Commercial K boat, located in Miami, seeks an experienced, highly disciplined USCG licensed captain for ship operation, crew supervision, supervision of vessel maintenance, and ...
Licensed Coast Guard Captain
Jun 22
Mount Dora, FL, USA
Rusty Anchor
Must be an experienced Licensed Coast Guard Captain ( 50 Ton or greater) . Navigate on some of the most beautiful waterways on Lake Dora and the Dora Canal in Mount Dora, Fl. Compensation paid by ...
Job Captain
Jun 19
Saint Paul, MN, USA
AEC Resources
We are hiring a Job Captain to assist with all architectural project phases from design through construction administration. The Job Captain will work with inspiring housing and/or commercial ...
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