Marine Engineer and Naval Architect Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $27.30 $43.05 $67.50
Annual Wage $56,800 $89,600 $140,400
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Marine engineers and naval architects work with ships, from their design to their construction and maintenance. They work with all kinds of ships, such as sailboats, submarines, aircraft carriers, and tankers. Mechanical engineers deal with the ship's mechanical systems, like steering and propulsion. Naval architects deal with the general design, ensuring that the form of the vessel is sufficiently stable and durable.

The median annual salary for marine engineers and naval architects was just over $88,000 in 2012. The lowest ten percent of marine engineers and naval architects earned less than $54,300 a year, while the top ten percent earned more than $150,500.

For the top five industries employing marine engineers and naval architects, the median annual salaries were as follows:

Federal government $97,500
Architectural and engineering services $92,000
Sea, coastal and water transportation $89,220
Boat building $82,500
Professional services $71,200
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