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Naval Architect Salary

Naval Architects in the United States pull down an average of $74K per year. Cash earnings for Naval Architects — including $17K in bonuses and $23K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $122K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Naval Architects who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Most Naval Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,607 - $117,205
(Median)
$54K
$74K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,461
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$10.14 - $49.32
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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
$53,607 - $117,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,443  
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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$53,029 - $121,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $17,443  
   
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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$53,029 - $121,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Autocad 2000i. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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.


Naval Architects generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $86K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $107K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Naval Architects will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Naval Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, New Orleans is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Naval Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 42%


National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Naval Architect Salaries


Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Naval Engineering
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$76,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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