Marine Engineer or Naval Architect Salary
Close to one-half of Marine Engineer or Naval Architects in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $61K to $168K per year, and the average comes out to $88K annually. Cash earnings for Marine Engineer or Naval Architects — including $18K in bonuses and $41K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $61K to $168K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Marine Engineer or Naval Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Job Description for Marine Engineer or Naval Architect
The marine engineer or naval architect’s primary focus involves implementing designs and solutions to problems in the marine technology field so clients' demands can be met with extraordinary results. These engineers must be able to make tough decisions which lead to quick and accurate solutions, so precision and attention to detail are very important in this position.Read More...
Marine engineers must be able to work indoors and outdoors as planning, design, and implementation may occur in the office or on-site at a job location. This position requires strict adherence to schedules and deadlines, and they must always strive to keep projects on-time and completed within deadlines in order to maintain positive relationships with customers.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least five to seven years of experience in marine engineering or naval architecture are generally required for this position, and candidates should also have knowledge of Autodesk software and Microsoft Office programs. Marine engineers must be able to work alone on projects with little supervision, but also be able to contribute within small groups.
Hours may fluctuate and vary depending upon project needs, and frequent travel within the region and sometimes outside of the region may be expected to ensure on-site completion of projects from start to finish. Background checks and drug screenings are generally required before offers of employment are extended.
Marine Engineer or Naval Architect Tasks
- Design and oversee construction of marine vessels or structures, and enforce quality standards and timeliness.
- Investigate and test machinery, equipment, and installations for safety and durability.
- Perform structural and hydrodynamic analyses to approve designs and materials.
- Study designs, proposals, and materials to ensure marine products are viable and meet standards.
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Pay by Experience Level for Marine Engineer or Naval Architect
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Marine Engineer or Naval Architects. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $69K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $90K on average. Marine Engineer or Naval Architects bring in $98K after working for 10 to 20 years. Marine Engineer or Naval Architects who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $131K.