Ship captain earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Ship captain salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $69,400
Alabama $72,970
California $63,110
Connecticut $64,970
Delaware $72,660
Florida $62,080
Georgia $60,180
Hawaii $52,830
Iowa $73,720
Illinois $43,670
Indiana $74,810
Kentucky $61,620
Louisiana $78,970
Massachusetts $56,450
Maryland $85,930
Maine $56,870
Michigan $51,850
Minnesota $71,130
Mississippi $79,090
North Carolina $45,540
New Hampshire $52,390
New Jersey $73,590
New York $84,400
Ohio $46,390
Oklahoma $86,570
Oregon $86,920
Pennsylvania $74,780
Puerto Rico $28,580
Rhode Island $40,420
South Carolina $58,390
Tennessee $40,460
Texas $98,990
Virginia $70,990
Virgin Islands $41,120
Washington $82,870
Wisconsin $53,650

How do ship captain salaries compare to similar careers?

Ship captains earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than air traffic controllers but more than freight and cargo inspectors.

Career Median Salary
Air traffic controller salary $115K
Commercial pilot salary $88K
Ship captain salary $72K
Transportation planner salary $78K
Shipmate salary $72K
Ship engineer salary $75K
Freight and cargo inspector salary $76K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)