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Shipboard Departments & Pay Scales


Deck Department

Members of the department are responsible for the underway replenishment rigs, dry/liquid cargo handling, forklift operations, and helicopter flight deck operations. They also stand watch while in port or at sea, and perform routine deck maintenance such as cleaning, painting, chipping and preserving the ship. All deck department watchstanding positions require Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW 95) with Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW). The following are positions we recruit from external sources.
PositionsBase Salary
First Officer$72,512
Second Officer$65,520
Third Officer$58,563
Damage Controlman$70,540
Damage Control Officer$86,491
Assistant Damage Control Officer$78,533
Operations Chief$48,925 – $57,135
Able Seaman$39,120 – $44,779
Ordinary Seaman$24,994

Engine Department

Members are responsible for the maintenance and repair of the ship’s machinery, including material handling equipment, elevators and winches. They also fabricate replacement parts utilizing various types of machinery, and stand watch in the engine room. All engine department watchstanding positions require Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW 95) with Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). Possession of a Qualified Member of the Engine Department (QMED) Any Rating endorsement meets basic eligibility for all unlicensed positions in the engine department. The following are positions we recruit from external sources.
PositionsBase Salary
First Assistant Engineer$70,842
Second Assistant Engineer$64,026
Third Assistant Engineer$57,216
Electrician$48,183 – $52,243
Second Electrician$45,051 – $47,607
Refrigeration Engineer$43,537 – $48,837
Deck Engineer Machinist$40,358 – $46,071
Unlicensed Junior Engineer$34,475
Pumpman$42,176 – $44,066
Electronics Technician$59,319 – $67,901
Engine Utilityman$35,989 – $42,698
Wiper Advancement Program$28,948 – $34,858

Supply Department

Members are responsible for the daily provisions of food and supplies, for cooking, baking, and food preparation, for performing inventory, and for storekeeping duties such as cargo handling, record keeping receipt, and stowage and issuance of all stores. This department also cleans and maintains the staterooms and passageways, and is responsible for the ship’s laundry. We recruit for the following positions from external sources.
Culinary
PositionsBase Salary
Steward Cook$38,142
Chief Cook$37,872 – $49,418
Second Cook$36,193 – $46,556
Cook / Baker$32,802 – $49,648
Assistant Cook$32,802 – $41,377
Supply Utilityman$24,188
Logistics
PositionsBase Salary
Junior Supply Officer$71,197
Yeoman Storekeeper$35,598 – $42,841
Assistant Storekeeper$30,779 – $34,292

Communications Department

Members are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ship’s military communication suites and for communications planning, administration and watch. All positions in the communications department and other shipboard positions listed require Entry Level Endorsements only. The following are positions we recruit from external sources.
PositionsBase Salary
Chief Radio Electronics Technican$58,254
First Radio Electronics Technician$51,592 – $52,385
Second Radio Electronics Technician$44,380 – $46,188

Medical Department

Medical Services Officers provide services to maintain and sustain a healthy workforce to include providing inoculations, first aid treatments and sanitation inspections. This position is designed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a staff officer.
PositionsBase Salary
Medical Services Officer$71,197 – $81,005

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.

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