Port Engineer Salary

Port Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $87K annually, but may range from $62K to $120K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Port Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$61,824 - $118,917
MEDIAN: $87,185

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$61,824 - $118,917  
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$62,411 - $119,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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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Survey results show that Port Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Naval Engineering and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.

Port Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $69K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Port Engineers make a median salary of $87K. Port Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $98K.

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Experience Affects Port Engineer Salaries

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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 11 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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 5%