Naval Architect Salary
Naval Architects in the United States pull down an average of $77K annually. With some bonuses approaching $18K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Naval Architects spread between $59K and $133K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. There are far more male Naval Architects survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Naval Architects. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
The minimum educational requirement includes a bachelor's degree in naval architecture or a related field. Additionally, having a minimum of two years in the naval field is also necessary. A naval architect should be familiar with current statutory and regulatory requirements and have experience managing large groups of people and projects. Basic computer proficiency is generally needed, as are strong communication, leadership, and time-management skills.
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.
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Popular Skills for Naval Architect
Survey results imply that Naval Architects put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Naval Engineering, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel and Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Naval Architect
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Naval Architects with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $71K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $85K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $118K on average. 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 $125K.
Pay Difference by Location
Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Naval Architects, 30 percent above the national average. Naval Architects will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+11 percent) and Los Angeles (+3 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, New Orleans is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Washington and Norfolk also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).