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Port Engineer Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Port Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $61K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $87K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Port Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$59,840 - $119,257
MEDIAN: $87,096

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$59,840 - $119,257  
$0.00 - $10,161  
Profit Sharing
$4,000 - $9,500  
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).
$60,594 - $120,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Popular Skills for Port Engineer

Port Engineers note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Naval Engineering, Project Management, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office. It is not unusual for someone who knows Naval Engineering to be familiar with Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Port Engineer

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

For many Port Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $68K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $84K. Port Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $99K.

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Experience Affects Port Engineer Salaries


National Average

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Skills That Affect Port Engineer Salaries

Naval Engineering
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%