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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-5031 Ship Engineers

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship. Excludes “Engineers” (17-2000).


National estimates for Ship Engineers
Industry profile for Ship Engineers
Geographic profile for Ship Engineers

National estimates for Ship Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Ship Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,650 4.2 % $ 46.59 $ 96,910 2.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Ship Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.76 $ 30.93 $ 39.62 $ 50.92 $ 67.02
Annual Wage (2) $ 49,420 $ 64,330 $ 82,410 $ 105,910 $ 139,410


Industry profile for Ship Engineers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Ship Engineers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Ship Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Ship Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 2,000 6.20 $ 58.52 $ 121,710
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,870 2.08 $ 44.10 $ 91,730
Inland Water Transportation 1,280 5.00 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,160 0.06 $ 39.29 $ 81,720
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 410 0.02 $ 41.79 $ 86,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Ship Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 2,000 6.20 $ 58.52 $ 121,710
Inland Water Transportation 1,280 5.00 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,870 2.08 $ 44.10 $ 91,730
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water 120 1.06 $ 28.51 $ 59,310
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 160 0.13 $ 33.19 $ 69,040

Top paying industries for Ship Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 2,000 6.20 $ 58.52 $ 121,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 49.29 $ 102,520
Inland Water Transportation 1,280 5.00 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,870 2.08 $ 44.10 $ 91,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 410 0.02 $ 41.79 $ 86,910


Geographic profile for Ship Engineers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Ship Engineers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Ship Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of ship engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Ship Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia 1,560 0.42 7.65 $ 43.09 $ 89,630
Louisiana 810 0.45 8.33 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Florida 760 0.09 1.64 $ 40.69 $ 84,620
Washington 630 0.20 3.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,330
California 630 0.04 0.70 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of ship engineers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ship Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 1.02 18.84 $ 46.43 $ 96,580
Louisiana 810 0.45 8.33 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Virginia 1,560 0.42 7.65 $ 43.09 $ 89,630
Washington 630 0.20 3.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,330
Hawaii 90 0.17 3.11 $ 44.25 $ 92,040


Map of annual mean wages of ship engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Ship Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland (8) (8) (8) $ 52.46 $ 109,120
Mississippi 70 0.06 1.19 $ 51.80 $ 107,740
New York 610 0.07 1.30 $ 47.43 $ 98,660
Washington 630 0.20 3.63 $ 46.79 $ 97,330
Massachusetts 50 0.01 0.26 $ 46.78 $ 97,300



Map of employment of ship engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Ship Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,540 2.17 39.90 $ 43.03 $ 89,490
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 650 0.08 1.38 $ 48.54 $ 100,970
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.29 5.27 $ 47.92 $ 99,670
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 510 0.21 3.83 $ 41.93 $ 87,220
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 470 0.92 16.98 $ 46.01 $ 95,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 310 0.05 0.98 (8) (8)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 220 0.10 1.80 (8) (8)
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 130 0.37 6.88 $ 46.48 $ 96,670
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 110 1.40 25.80 $ 40.36 $ 83,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 90 0.02 0.39 $ 44.96 $ 93,520


Map of location quotient of ship engineers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ship Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,540 2.17 39.90 $ 43.03 $ 89,490
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 110 1.40 25.80 $ 40.36 $ 83,940
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 470 0.92 16.98 $ 46.01 $ 95,690
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.38 7.04 $ 34.73 $ 72,240
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 130 0.37 6.88 $ 46.48 $ 96,670
Barnstable Town, MA 30 0.35 6.46 $ 47.43 $ 98,650
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.29 5.27 $ 47.92 $ 99,670
Anchorage, AK 40 0.25 4.54 (8) (8)
Mobile, AL 40 0.24 4.44 (8) (8)
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.22 4.03 $ 43.27 $ 90,010


Map of annual mean wages of ship engineers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Ship Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lafayette, LA 40 0.20 3.70 $ 52.29 $ 108,770
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 650 0.08 1.38 $ 48.54 $ 100,970
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 550 0.29 5.27 $ 47.92 $ 99,670
Barnstable Town, MA 30 0.35 6.46 $ 47.43 $ 98,650
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 70 0.03 0.49 $ 47.02 $ 97,800
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 130 0.37 6.88 $ 46.48 $ 96,670
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 470 0.92 16.98 $ 46.01 $ 95,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 45.98 $ 95,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 90 0.02 0.39 $ 44.96 $ 93,520
Urban Honolulu, HI 90 0.22 4.03 $ 43.27 $ 90,010

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Ship Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 260 2.67 49.15 $ 45.81 $ 95,280
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.24 22.90 $ 37.09 $ 77,150
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 10.24 $ 44.71 $ 92,990

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Ship Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 260 2.67 49.15 $ 45.81 $ 95,280
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.24 22.90 $ 37.09 $ 77,150
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 10.24 $ 44.71 $ 92,990

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Ship Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 260 2.67 49.15 $ 45.81 $ 95,280
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 10.24 $ 44.71 $ 92,990
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.24 22.90 $ 37.09 $ 77,150


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022