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Ship's Master

Poutikanga Whakahaere Kaipuke

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

Ship's masters are in charge of a ship, its crew and any passengers or cargo it is carrying – on the water and in port. On tugs or pilot boats, ship's masters may guide or assist ships in and out of harbours or through difficult waterways.


Masters on small vessels usually earn

$31K-$70K per year

Masters on large, foreign-going vessels usually earn

$125K-$250K per year

Source: International Maritime Institute of New Zealand.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a ship’s master are good for skilled workers due to a low number of people in the role.
Richard Hill on a two-way radio in the bridge of a vessel

Richard Hill operating the Kaitaki Interislander ferry

Last updated 13 June 2017