Naval Architect Salary

An average Naval Architect in the United States can expect to take home roughly $75K per year. Final cash compensation to Naval Architects varies from around $53K to approximately $122K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $18K and $23K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Naval Architects. Male Naval Architects far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$53,957 - $117,167
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$54K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,597
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$10.21 - $48.94
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$49
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,957 - $117,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,632  
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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$53,460 - $122,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $48.94  
   
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 - $17,632  
   
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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$53,460 - $122,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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Many Naval Architects move into a Marine Engineer or Naval Architect role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Marine Engineer or Naval Architects on average bring in a similar salary to Naval Architects.

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Popular Skills for Naval Architect


Survey results suggest that Naval Architects use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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, Autocad 2000i, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Project Management and Autocad 2000i.

Pay by Experience Level for Naval Architect

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Naval Architects. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $86K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $109K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $114K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Naval Architects, 27 percent above the national average. Naval Architects will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, New Orleans is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Naval Architect Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Naval Architect Salaries


Microsoft Office
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Naval Engineering
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Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$76,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 7%
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