How Much Do Marine Engineers Earn?

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How Much Do Marine Engineers Earn?
Marine engineers design ships, docks and oceanography equipment. (ship image by Terry Duchene from

The salary of a marine engineer depends on his education and level of experience. Marine engineering includes naval engineering, the design of floating and oceanographic equipment, and naval architecture, the design of ships and submarines. There were about 5,000 marine engineers in the United States in 2008, according to "Engineering: What Can I Do Now?" by Ferguson books.

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Marine Engineer Salary Range

The 2010 edition of the "Occupational Outlook Handbook" by the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the lowest-paid 10 per cent of marine engineers earned £27,995 per year. The highest-paid 10 per cent earned £77,109. The median salary for marine engineers in 2008 was £48,191.

Civil Engineers as Marine Engineers

Some marine engineers have civil engineering degrees. According to "Green Jobs for a New Economy" by Therese DeAngelis, the mean salary of a civil engineer, including civil engineers specialising in marine engineering, was £51,064 per year in 2008.

Marine Architects

Architects who design buildings, platforms and construction projects for the ocean environment can be called marine engineers. Architects, including marine architects, make from £32,500 to £48,750 a year, as of 2005, according to "Your Dream Career for Dummies" by Carol McClelland and Richard Bolles.

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