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Working as a Relief Captain

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a relief captain. For example, did you know that they make an average of $31.39 an hour? That's $65,284 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -2% and produce -1,800 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Relief Captain Do

There are certain skills that many relief captains have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed hand-eye coordination, mechanical skills and hearing ability.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a relief captain, we found that a lot of resumes listed 37.3% of relief captains included vessel maintenance, while 13.9% of resumes included safe operation, and 13.7% of resumes included coast guard. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the relief captain job title. But what industry to start with? Most relief captains actually find jobs in the hospitality and transportation industries.

How To Become a Relief Captain

If you're interested in becoming a relief captain, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 32.8% of relief captains have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 14.8% of relief captains have master's degrees. Even though some relief captains have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a relief captain. When we researched the most common majors for a relief captain, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on relief captain resumes include master's degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a relief captain. In fact, many relief captain jobs require experience in a role such as captain. Meanwhile, many relief captains also have previous career experience in roles such as mate or deckhand.

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Average Salary$65,284
Job Growth Rate-2%

Relief Captain Jobs

Relief Captain Career Paths

Top Careers Before Relief Captain

Captain
32.7 %
Mate
16.8 %
Deckhand
10.4 %

Top Careers After Relief Captain

Captain
40.1 %
Mate
12.7 %
Pilot
8.0 %

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Relief Captain Demographics

Gender

male

89.2 %

unknown

6.4 %

female

4.4 %

Ethnicity

White

75.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

10.3 %

Black or African American

9.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7 %

Portuguese

33.3 %
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Relief Captain Education

Majors

Business
25.0 %
Biology
8.3 %

Degrees

Bachelors

32.8 %

High School Diploma

24.6 %

Masters

14.8 %

Top Colleges for Relief Captains

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177
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Top Skills For a Relief Captain

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 37.3% of relief captains listed vessel maintenance on their resume, but soft skills such as hand-eye coordination and mechanical skills are important as well.

  • Vessel Maintenance, 31.9%
  • Safe Operation, 23.3%
  • Coast Guard, 12.5%
  • Safety Meetings, 8.2%
  • Emergency, 7.4%
  • Other Skills, 16.7%
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Top Relief Captain Employers

1. Edison Chouest Offshore
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$60,000
Relief Captains Hired: 
8+
2. Marquette Transportation Company
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$60,294
Relief Captains Hired: 
8+
3. Central Boat Rentals
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$39,021
Relief Captains Hired: 
6+
4. Triple-S Management
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$38,230
Relief Captains Hired: 
4+
5. Harley Marine Services
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$66,504
Relief Captains Hired: 
3+
6. Hornbeck Offshore Services
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$67,238
Relief Captains Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020