Average Salary for United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Alumni

Nestled away in Kings Point, N.Y., the United States Merchant Marine Academy, a school, has a student population of roughly 1,000. The survey pool is heavily weighted toward men, with a male-to-female ratio of 15-to-1. After graduation, women earn less than men do, a finding consistent with alumni reports. The data in this summary come from United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni who took the PayScale salary survey.

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United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Captain, Mate, or Pilot of Water Vessels
3 salaries
$148,000  
   
Marine Engineer
3 salaries
$83,007  
Director of Operations
2 salaries
$118,500  
Quality Engineer, Medical Devices
2 salaries
$72,283  
Project Manager, Engineering
2 salaries
$124,000  
Mechanical Engineer
2 salaries
$147,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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About This School

300 Steamboat Rd
Kings Point, NY 11024-1699

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, United States Merchant Marine Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy

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State School, Engineering

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Industry

Professionally, the medical device manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the shipping, transportation, warehousing, or logistics industry are popular business areas among the United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni. A large chunk of former United States Merchant Marine Academy students are employed in the manufacturing industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. The average salary for a grad from the United States Merchant Marine Academy is $102K.

Gender

Graduates from this school who take the survey are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is 3 to 1. Male graduates of United States Merchant Marine Academy out-earn their female counterparts significantly, earning an average of around $98K versus $64K for women.

Jobs

The most lucrative professionals among United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni are Captain, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels and Mechanical Engineers; they earn a median annual salary of $148K. Engineering Project Managers aren't slouches either, bringing in approximately $124K. Relative to other positions, compensation dwindles for Medical Devices Quality Engineers; alumni in this role face average salaries of about $72K.

Locations

Seattle, Wash. is a hub for United States Merchant Marine Academy graduates — a large number call this city home. It is no surprise that Miami, Fla., which hands out the biggest paychecks (the average salary is $141K), is another of the most popular spots for former United States Merchant Marine Academy students. For comparison, the lowest-paying city popular with United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni is Memphis, Tenn., which offers a median salary of $72K. Other common destinations include Los Angeles, Calif. and Philadelphia, Pa.

Degree Major

United States Merchant Marine Academy grads who hold a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation Management can expect to fare better than most fellow alumni, earning an average about $124K per year. A Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with a median annual pay of $80K.

Skills

Project Management is a popular skill among United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni, with around two in five grads reporting using it on the job. United States Merchant Marine Academy grads with Engineering Design abilities can expect to make 58 percent more than their former classmates (around $162K). Competency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Engineering Design also warrants excellent remuneration.

Benefits and Perks

Only one in three grads for this school enjoy paid vacation days and about one in three grads get paid sick time. It is no small feat that most graduates are given health coverage, and a strong majority of alumni accept dental insurance. Most former students plan for retirement by taking advantage of a company-sponsored 401(k) program. Other benefits awarded to United States Merchant Marine Academy alumni include life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, a casual working environment, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Alumni of United States Military Academy pick up average paychecks of $100K, which is closest to the amount made by United States Merchant Marine Academy grads among similar schools. SUNY Maritime College, the United States Coast Guard Academy, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy are also similar to United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Key Stats for United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %
Salary
$64,000
Salary
$71,662 - $130,825
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

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