Marine engineers and naval architects
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Overview
Marine engineers and naval architects design, build, and maintain ships, from aircraft carriers to submarines and from sailboats to tankers. Marine engineers are responsible for the internal systems of a ship, such as the propulsion, electrical, refrigeration, and steering systems. Naval architects are responsible for the ship design, including the form, structure, and stability of hulls.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for marine engineers and naval architects are expected to grow by 12%, and should have about 600 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Marine engineers and naval architects are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Marine engineers and naval architects, with 8,200 workers, form a smaller workforce than 89% of careers.
Education
About 76% of marine engineers and naval architects have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by marine engineers and naval architects
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More marine engineers and naval architects have bachelor's degrees than 83% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for marine engineers and naval architects is higher than 90% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most marine engineers and naval architects.
This job's median $93KAll jobs' median $39K$99K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 10% of marine engineers and naval architects -- that's a smaller percentage than 78% of other jobs.
Gender of marine engineers and naval architects
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For marine engineers and naval architects, the median men's salary was 16% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of marine engineers and naval architects are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of marine engineers and naval architects
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Marine Engineers and Naval Architects per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 71% of marine engineers and naval architects, and 85% have company-sponsored health insurance (2% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for marine engineers and naval architects
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 75% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of marine engineers and naval architects who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (65%)
  • Consequence of Error (61%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (46%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (39%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (38%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do marine engineers and naval architects earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for marine engineers and naval architects, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for marine engineers and naval architects compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for marine engineers and naval architects (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all marine engineers and naval architects, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for marine engineers and naval architects compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for marine engineers and naval architects (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where marine engineers and naval architects work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Marine engineers and naval architects (ACS)
Private for-profit (63.6%)
Private not-for-profit (1.9%)
Local government (1.8%)
State government (1.8%)
Federal government (29.6%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of marine engineers and naval architects by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$84K$83K$88K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of marine engineers and naval architects by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$93K$102K$90K$92K$84K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for marine engineers and naval architects

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Marine engineers and naval architects and gender

With 10% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 78% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Marine engineers and naval architects
Men (90%)
Women (10%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for marine engineers and naval architects, with the median salary for men 16% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Marine engineers and naval architects have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 46% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of marine engineers and naval architects

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority marine engineers and naval architects than for 56% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of marine engineers and naval architects
White (82% )
Asian (9% )
Black (6% )
Multiracial (1% )
Other (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for marine engineers and naval architects by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$59K$86K$87K$0$50K$100K$150KBlackAsianWhite
Distribution: Salaries for marine engineers and naval architects by nativity
$76K$84K$0$50K$100K$150KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by marine engineers and naval architects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), marine engineers and naval architects typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as marine engineers and naval architects as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for marine engineers and naval architects.

Education attained by marine engineers and naval architects
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for marine engineers and naval architects

Programs in marine engineering and naval architecture typically include courses in calculus, physics, computer-aided design, fluid mechanics, ship hull strength, and mechanics of materials. Most programs also include time at sea, where students gain hands-on experience on a vessel.

Some marine engineering and naval architecture programs are offered at state maritime academies. Students studying at the maritime academies spend time at sea, usually during the summer, to gain onboard operating experience. For more information about state maritime academies, visit the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Programs in engineering and naval architecture are accredited by ABET.

Students interested in preparing for this occupation benefit from taking high school courses in math, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; and science, such as chemistry and physics. For aspiring naval architects, drafting courses are helpful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for marine engineers and naval architects

Along with earning a bachelor’s degree, students at states’ maritime academies take exams for licensure from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Another type of engineering license is the Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence and can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE).

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for marine engineers and naval architects? Below we see the distribution of marine engineers and naval architects salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as marine engineers and naval architects, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$63K$67K$74K$85K$98K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KHigh School (8%)Some College (8%)Associate's Degree (6%)Bachelor's Degree (54%)Master's Degree (20%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by marine engineers and naval architects

This table shows the college majors held by people working as marine engineers and naval architects. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Marine engineers and naval architects with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as marine engineers and naval architects, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by marine engineers and naval architects given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Mechanical engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Managers (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersArchitectural and engineering managersIndustrial engineersCivil engineersAerospace engineersChief executives and legislatorsPostsecondary teachersMarine engineers and naval architectsManagement analystsSailors and marine oilers, and ship engineersElectrical and electronics engineersComputer and information systems managersComputer programmersConstruction managersFirst-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workersDesignersAircraft pilots and flight engineersGeneral and operations managersAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersIndustrial production managersPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Physicians and surgeonsElementary and middle school teachersEpidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsChemical engineersMechanical EngineeringNaval Architecture andMarine EngineeringGeneral EngineeringElectrical EngineeringCivil EngineeringAerospace EngineeringBusiness Management andAdministrationIndustrial andManufacturing EngineeringPhysicsChemical EngineeringAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for marine engineers and naval architects

What jobs will most marine engineers and naval architects hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of marine engineers and naval architects reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Marine engineers and naval architectsSailors and marine oilers, and ship engineersMechanical engineersCivil engineersTelecommunications line installers and repairersConstruction laborersInstallation, maintenance, and repair workersTransportation inspectorsnacsOcc_1510Electrical and electronics engineersExtraction workersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesManagers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workersBus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialistsEngineers (specialized areas)
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for marine engineers and naval architects

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 5 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as marine engineers and naval architects as well as 1% of respondents after working as marine engineers and naval architects. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for marine engineers and naval architects
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Electrical and electronics engineers
23,100
$0$200K$93K
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
No occupation
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for marine engineers and naval architects: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as marine engineers and naval architects? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of marine engineers and naval architects surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for marine engineers and naval architects
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Cashiers
659,300
$0$200K$20K
1.2%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
2.1%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
4.3%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
6.2%
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
51,000
$0$200K$39K
3.7%
Electrical and electronics engineers
23,100
$0$200K$93K
8.7%
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers
22,800
$0$200K$39K
5.4%
Industrial engineers
21,600
$0$200K$77K
6.0%
Mechanical engineers
21,200
$0$200K$83K
16.4%
Construction and building inspectors
12,800
$0$200K$53K
1.3%
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers
11,500
$0$200K$43K
1.4%
Engineers (specialized areas)
10,900
$0$200K$90K
4.2%
Aerospace engineers
4,600
$0$200K$101K
5.8%
Stationary engineers and boiler operators
3,900
$0$200K$57K
1.7%
Marine engineers and naval architects
600
$0$200K$84K
22.8%
No occupation
8.0%
Read about marine engineers and naval architects
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Marine engineers typically do the following:

  • Prepare system layouts and detailed drawings and schematics
  • Inspect marine equipment and machinery, and draw up work requests and job specifications
  • Conduct environmental, operational, or performance tests on marine machinery and equipment
  • Design and oversee the testing, installation, and repair of marine equipment
  • Investigate and test machinery and equipment to ensure compliance with standards
  • Coordinate activities with regulatory bodies to ensure that repairs and alterations are done safely and at minimal cost
  • Prepare technical reports for use by engineers, managers, or sales personnel
  • Prepare cost estimates, contract specifications, and design and construction schedules
  • Maintain contact with contractors to make sure that the work is being done correctly, on schedule, and within budget

Naval architects typically do the following:

  • Study design proposals and specifications to establish basic characteristics of a ship, such as its size, weight, and speed
  • Develop sectional and waterline curves of the ship’s hull to establish the center of gravity, the ideal hull form, and data on buoyancy and stability
  • Design entire ship hulls and superstructures, following safety and regulatory standards
  • Design the complete layout of ships’ interiors, including spaces for machinery and auxiliary equipment, passenger compartments, cargo space, ladder wells, and elevators
  • Confer with marine engineers to design the layout of boiler room equipment, heating and ventilation systems, refrigeration equipment, electrical distribution systems, safety systems, steering systems, and propulsion machinery
  • Lead teams from a variety of specialties to oversee building and testing prototypes
  • Evaluate how ships perform during trials, both in the dock and at sea, and change designs as needed to make sure that national and international standards are met

Marine engineers and naval architects apply knowledge from a range of engineering fields to the entire water vehicles’ design and production processes. Marine engineers also design and maintain offshore oil rigs and may work on alternative energy projects, such as wind turbines located offshore and tidal power.

Marine engineers and naval architects who work for ship and boat building firms design large ships, such as passenger ships and cargo ships, as well as small craft, such as inflatable boats and rowboats. Those who work in the federal government may design or test the designs of ships or systems for the Army, Navy, or Coast Guard.

Marine engineers should not be confused with ship engineers, who operate or supervise the operation of the machinery on a ship. For more information on ship engineers, see the profile on water transportation workers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of marine engineers and naval architects? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Marine engineers and naval architects must give clear instructions and explain complex concepts when leading projects.
Ingenuity
Marine engineers and naval architects must use operations analysis to create a design to perform the ship’s functions. They then employ critical-thinking skills to anticipate and correct any deficiencies before the ship is built or set to sea.
Interpersonal skills
Marine engineers and naval architects meet with clients to analyze their needs for ship systems. Engineers must discuss progress with clients to keep redesign options open before the project is too far along.
Math skills
Marine engineers and naval architects use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.
Problem-solving skills
Marine engineers must design several systems that work well together in ships. Naval architects and marine engineers are expected to solve problems for their clients. They must draw on their knowledge and experience to make effective decisions.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for marine engineers and naval architects
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for marine engineers and naval architects was higher than 90% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for marine engineers and naval architects are anticipated to grow by 12% over the next decade; only 19% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for marine engineers and naval architects is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most marine engineers and naval architects? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as marine engineers and naval architects. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where marine engineers and naval architects earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for marine engineers and naval architects compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for marine engineers and naval architects.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Marine Engineers and Naval Architects to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which marine engineers and naval architects earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Marine engineers and naval architects (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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