Riverboat Master

Command riverboats to transport passengers, freight, or other cargo.
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Salary Range
$31,000 – $117,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Riverboat Masters do?

Commands riverboat to transport passengers, freight, or other cargo along rivers: Determines course and speed of riverboat on basis of knowledge of winds, weather, tides, and current. Steers riverboat or orders crew worker at helm to steer riverboat and navigates boat to avoid reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards to shipping, utilizing aids to navigation, such as lighthouses and buoys. Inspects riverboat to ensure that passengers and crew observe regulations pertaining to safe and efficient operation of riverboat. Relinquishes command of riverboat to PILOT, SHIP to guide riverboat through hazardous waters. Maintains riverboat’s log. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard for steam or motor riverboat according to waters navigated and tonnage of riverboat.


Should I be a Riverboat Master?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Boat Driver, Inland Tow Boats Master, School Boat Driver, Speedboat Driver, Water-Taxi Driver

    How to become a Riverboat Master

    We recommend at least a Certificate. Check out these schools offering Riverboat Master-related education!
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