Boat Captain

Career Overview

The captain of a ship is responsible for every aspect of a ship's voyage - determining the course and speed of the ship, supervising the crew members on the ship, and making sure the ship's maintenance is up to date. Make sure to use the search box to find Ben's video!


A license or certificate is needed to be a boat captain. This may require that one attend school and have a certain amount of previous experience on a boat. A four-year bachelor's degree in a maritime-related field may be required to obtain this position on larger ships.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$72,000 /yr
$134,000 /yr

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Work Environment

Water transportation workers usually work for long periods and can be exposed to all kinds of weather.

Future Outlook

There is likely a lot of competition for boat captains because of the limited numbers of these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada