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Port Engineer Salary

Port Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little under three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $87K annually on average but can range from $60K to $119K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Port Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,516 - $118,949
MEDIAN: $87,060

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$59,516 - $118,949  
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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).
$60,387 - $119,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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Job Description for Port Engineer

Port engineers are responsible for providing engineering support in a port setting. They are in charge of completing engineering tasks and managing a group of port specialists. They are the first point of contact for technical staff. They identify possible engineering flaws and strive to fix them or delegate tasks in a timely manner. They also complete maintenance tasks on a regular basis and follow specific maritime protocols. They manage contractors onboard and follow strict safety procedures to prevent accidents. They work in a port environment, close to vessels, boats, and other port equipment. They can perform well in a team setting with other engineers to find solutions to port issues. However, they can also work on their own with minimal supervision. They are organized and pay close attention to detail. They help define schedules and priorities when cargo is involved. They report their progress to the port supervisor in their department. They also are responsible for ordering new parts and reviewing expenses.


Port Engineer Tasks

  • Estimate and plan budgets for fleet maintenance.
  • Monitor and update documentation and maintenance plans.
  • Coordinate vessels and crew for shipyard repairs.
  • Approve, coordinate and make appropriate adjustments for non-routine repairs.

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Professional skills reported by Port Engineers are few in number. Those who have experience with Naval Engineering, Project Management, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Port Engineer

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

Port Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. For Port Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $88K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $99K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Port Engineer Salaries


National Average

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Skills That Affect Port Engineer Salaries

Naval Engineering
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Project Management
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National Average

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%