72k
Avg US Salary
13.8%
Growth
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Education

How much does a Ship Captain make in the United States?

Average Ship Captain Hourly Wage in the United States

Ship Captains earn a median hourly wage of $34.78. Hourly wages typically start from $17.49 and go up to $61.70.

Average Ship Captain Yearly Salary in the United States

Ship Captains earn a median salary of $72,340 per year. Salaries typically start from $36,370 and go up to $128,330.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Ship Captain Earnings by Seniority

Top End Ship Captain Earnings

The highest earning Ship Captains in the United States earn:

$61.70
an hour
$128,330
per year
Senior Ship Captain Earnings

Senior Ship Captains in the United States earn:

$47.67
an hour
$99,160
per year
Experienced Ship Captain Earnings

Experienced Ship Captains in the United States earn:

$34.78
an hour
$72,340
per year
Junior Ship Captain Earnings

Junior Ship Captains in the United States earn:

$24.23
an hour
$50,410
per year
Starting Ship Captain Earnings

Starting Ship Captains in the United States earn:

$17.49
an hour
$36,370
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Ship Captain salary comparison

Ship Captains earn more than 92% percent of Services careers. Ship Captain salaries are in the bottom 60% of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Ship Captains in the United States

Ship Captain salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Ship Captain Salary in Texas $44.85 $93,280 # 1
Ship Captain Salary in Louisiana $39.82 $82,820 # 2
Ship Captain Salary in Tennessee $45.01 $93,610 # 3
Ship Captain Salary in Alabama $39.28 $81,710 # 4
Ship Captain Salary in Indiana $42.00 $87,350 # 5
Ship Captain Salary in Kentucky $38.18 $79,400 # 6
Ship Captain Salary in Washington $38.11 $79,280 # 7
Ship Captain Salary in Maryland $37.22 $77,410 # 8
Ship Captain Salary in Virginia $32.61 $67,830 # 9
Ship Captain Salary in Delaware $33.39 $69,450 # 10
Ship Captain Salary in Arizona $36.99 $76,940 # 11
Ship Captain Salary in Illinois $34.00 $70,730 # 12
Ship Captain Salary in Oregon $35.41 $73,660 # 13
Ship Captain Salary in Minnesota $35.06 $72,920 # 14
Ship Captain Salary in Alaska $33.92 $70,550 # 15
Ship Captain Salary in New York $31.47 $65,450 # 16
Ship Captain Salary in Connecticut $30.71 $63,870 # 17
Ship Captain Salary in California $30.28 $62,990 # 18
Ship Captain Salary in Florida $29.52 $61,400 # 19
Ship Captain Salary in Pennsylvania $31.67 $65,870 # 20
Ship Captain Salary in Ohio $29.31 $60,960 # 21
Ship Captain Salary in New Jersey $30.25 $62,930 # 22
Ship Captain Salary in Michigan $21.20 $44,090 # 23
Ship Captain Salary in South Carolina $29.70 $61,780 # 24
Ship Captain Salary in Missouri $25.02 $52,050 # 25
Ship Captain Salary in West Virginia $27.30 $56,790 # 26
Ship Captain Salary in Wisconsin $25.65 $53,360 # 27
Ship Captain Salary in Massachusetts $24.14 $50,210 # 28
Ship Captain Salary in Maine $24.26 $50,460 # 29
Ship Captain Salary in Iowa $26.88 $55,920 # 30
Ship Captain Salary in Hawaii $21.58 $44,880 # 31
Ship Captain Salary in Rhode Island $23.40 $48,680 # 32
Ship Captain Salary in North Carolina $19.87 $41,320 # 33
Ship Captain Salary in New Hampshire $20.31 $42,240 # 34
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Ship Captain

Interested in becoming a ship captain? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good ship captain? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Ship Captain.

  3. Get Hired

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    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.