Salary for Ship Engineers

Also known as:  Barge Engineer, Ferry Engineer, Towboat Engineer, Tug Boat Engineer, Tugboat Engineer

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Ship engineers supervise the work of others involved in operating machines aboard ship. These include boilers, engines, refrigeration equipment and other similar machinery. This occupation is not usually dangerous, though they may require employees to sit, stand or bend for long periods of time, which can be strenuous. To become a ship engineer, one must first complete technical school. Before beginning official work, one to two years of formal training on-the-job may be required.

A Ship Engineer can get an average wage between 56000 to 84000 depending on the level of experience. Ship Engineers earn salaries of Seventy One Thousand Eight Hundred dollars each year.

Ship Engineers can make the highest salaries in Maryland, where they get an average job salary of close to about $118790. Professionals that work in this career are compensated the highest in Transportation and Warehousing, where they earn average pay scales of $76060.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 24.12 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Ship Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Educational Services
$76,060
Transportation and Warehousing
$72,440
Manufacturing
$72,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$71,190
Public Administration
$66,050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,280

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,280
Public Administration
$66,050
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$71,190
Manufacturing
$72,200
Transportation and Warehousing
$72,440
Educational Services
$76,060