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Naval Architect Salary

The average Naval Architect in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $75K per year. Final cash compensation to Naval Architects varies from around $53K to approximately $121K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $23K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Naval Architects far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most Naval Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,376 - $116,579
(Median)
$53K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,753
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$10.14 - $49.32
(Median)
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$30
$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,376 - $116,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,413  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $23,360  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,777 - $121,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$29.36 - $56.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,413  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $23,360  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$52,777 - $121,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Naval Architect

One of the naval architect's main responsibilities is actively ensuring the design and analysis of all types of flotation systems are maintained. This may include being able to ensure that all naval architecture, ship structure, and ship design are as cost-effective as possible. A naval architect is also responsible for providing maintenance and training support for all water-bound vehicles. They must also be able to analyze any issues that may arise and develop a plan to fix them, as well as adjust those plans as necessary. Naval architects work with companies that deal with boats and other ocean travel, such as cruise ship companies and marine companies. They typically work full time in indoor and outdoor environments, although overtime may be required depending on the needs of the company. Travel may be required as well.

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Naval Architect Tasks

  • Collaborate with stakeholders and translate performance desires into design specifications.
  • Create prototypes and review performance metrics, ensuring standards are met with all interior, exterior, and structural details.
  • Design marine vessels and structures as well as oversee their construction.
  • Maintain and develop knowledge of naval standards and marine architecture methodologies.

Common Career Paths for Naval Architect


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For Naval Architects, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Naval Architects earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Marine Engineer or Naval Architect.

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Popular Skills for Naval Architect


Naval Architects generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Office, Naval Engineering, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Autocad 2000i. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Autocad 2000i and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Naval Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $65K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $86K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $109K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $108K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Naval Architects, 23 percent higher than the national average. Naval Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+8 percent). New Orleans is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Naval Architect Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 43%

Late-Career
up arrow 42%


National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Naval Architect Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Naval Engineering
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$76,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%


AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 8%