The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

hiring trends and wages

What are the wages like and will I get hired?
Your top two maritime career questions answered

Question one: What can I expect to earn in a maritime career?

Good help is hard to find, they say.

And if this is the rule, the maritime industry is no exception.

For qualified and dependable workers, maritime companies usually pay well. Some even actively recruit people into the industry or pay for part of their employees' education.

In the pay rate equation, maritime businesses primarily consider the position's level of responsibility.

They also factor in:

  • licenses
  • endorsements
  • other training
  • experience
  • references

Entry-level deckhands, for example, currently earn about $20,000 to $25,000 per year. A Junior Engineer can beat that by at least $5,000. One additional step up the ladder means an even greater jump: Assistant Engineers earn about $40,000. Chief Engineers and Port Engineers earn approximately $55,000 to $75,000 in their first year.

To find the average pay rate of a specific position, see the careers section.

Or link to Employment Guide's hourly pay calculator or their salary information page by clicking here.


Question two: What is the job market like?

International trade is growing. Port cities are the gateways for international trade.

What does this mean for our area?

We've got jobs in the maritime industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next ten years many Puget Sound maritime workers, particularly officers, will have to be replaced and many more added due to:

  • high turnover
  • retirements
  • the growth of trade

Of course, the job market for any particular position depends on a variety of factors. To learn more about hiring trends for specific careers, see the careers section.

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