Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 2,600 people employed as motorboat operators in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $55,900.
Entry level employees earn approximately $27,820 per year and senior employees earn approximately $77,630
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Position booms around docked ships.
- Maintain desired courses, using compasses or electronic navigational aids.
- Follow safety procedures to ensure the protection of passengers, cargo, and vessels.
- Direct safety operations in emergency situations.
- Perform general labor duties such as repairing booms.
- Operate engine throttles and steering mechanisms to guide boats on desired courses.
- Service motors by performing tasks such as changing oil and lubricating parts.
- Arrange repairs, fuel, and supplies for vessels.
- Maintain equipment such as range markers, fire extinguishers, boat fenders, lines, pumps, and fittings.
- Organize and direct the activities of crew members.
- Report any observed navigational hazards to authorities.
- Issue directions for loading, unloading, and seating in boats.
- Clean boats and repair hulls and superstructures, using hand tools, paint, and brushes.
- Tow, push, or guide other boats, barges, logs, or rafts.
- Take depth soundings in turning basins.
- Oversee operation of vessels used for carrying passengers, motor vehicles, or goods across rivers, harbors, lakes, and coastal waters.
- Secure boats to docks with mooring lines, and cast off lines to enable departure.