Naval Architect Salary

The average Naval Architect in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $76K annually. Cash earnings for Naval Architects — which occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $131K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Naval Architects claim high levels of job satisfaction. Naval Architects who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$55,061 - $120,335
(Median)
$55K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,126
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$9.27 - $60.00
(Median)
$9
$30
$60
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,061 - $120,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,261  
Profit Sharing
$3,452 - $24,063  
Total Pay (?
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$54,467 - $130,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.27 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$34.74 - $56.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,452 - $24,063  
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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$54,467 - $130,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.

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Naval Architects' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Marine Engineer or Naval Architect. Median pay for Marine Engineer or Naval Architects is $74K.

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Popular Skills for Naval Architect


Naval Architects report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Naval Engineering, Microsoft Office, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Autocad 2000i. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Naval Architect

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


Naval Architects who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $67K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $87K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $117K. 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 $118K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,092

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Naval Architects, 44 percent above the national average. Naval Architects will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent) and Washington (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in New Orleans.

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Experience Affects Naval Architect Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 52%


National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Naval Architect Salaries


Naval Engineering
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

National Average
$77,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%


Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

AutoCAD
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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