Ship Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of ship engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of ship engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The ship engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Ship Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
10th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for ship engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) ship engineers is $126,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,950. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 241% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $68,100 -2.24%
2013 $69,660 -1.74%
2012 $70,890 0.07%
2011 $70,840 7.53%
2010 $65,880 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for ship engineers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.37%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -1.74%.We also note that the average annual wage had a very small growth of 0.07% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 7.53% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Ship Engineers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Sailors and Marine Oilers
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
Motorboat Operators
Ship Engineers

Table 4. Ship Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of ship engineers in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for ship engineers occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $90,710. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $49,490).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Federal, State, and Local Government
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Table 5. Median Annual Wage of Ship Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only ship engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of ship engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $51,620 to $109,780. The highest paying state for ship engineers is Ohio with a median annual salary of $109,780. The lowest paying state is Maine with a median annual salary of $51,620. For more salary information of ship engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New York
New Jersey
South Carolina