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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$73,238 - 93,747
Second Officer$66,176
Third Officer$59,149
Damage Controlman$71,246
Damage Control Officer$87,356
Assistant Damage Control Officer$79,319
Operations Chief$48,925
Able Seaman$39,120
Ordinary Seaman$24,994 - $28,948

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$71,551 - $91,591
Second Assistant Engineer$64,667 - $82,776
Third Assistant Engineer$57,789 - $73,974
Electrician$48,183
Second Electrician$45,051
Refrigeration Engineer$43,973
Deck Engineer Machinist$40,762
Unlicensed Junior Engineer$35,829
Pumpman$44,066
Electronics Technician$59,319 – $67,901
Engine Utilityman$33,890
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$38,524
Chief Cook$37,872
Second Cook$36,193
Cook / Baker$32,802
Assistant Cook$32,802
Supply Utilityman$24,188
Logistics
PositionsBase Salary
Junior Supply Officer$71,909
Yeoman Storekeeper$35,598
Assistant Storekeeper$30,779

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
Second Radio Electronics Technician$44,380

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$71,909

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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