Port Engineer Salary

Port Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little under three-quarters of Port Engineers. Salaries average out to around $87K annually and spread from $60K to $119K per year. Experience level 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. For the most part, Port Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$59,598 - $118,785
MEDIAN: $87,277

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$59,598 - $118,785  
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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).
$60,456 - $118,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Port Engineers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Naval Engineering, Project Management, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $68K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $83K. Port Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $88K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Port Engineer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $99K.

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Experience Affects Port Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Port Engineer Salaries

Naval Engineering
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Project Management

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