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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$73,971
First Officer - Mixed Work Schedule$73,971
Second Officer$66,838
Third Officer$59,741
Damage Controlman$71,959
Damage Control Officer$88,230
Assistant Damage Control Officer$80,113
Operations Chief$49,910
Able Seaman$39,908
Ordinary Seaman$25,497 - $29,531

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$72,267 - $92,507
First Assistant Engineer - Mixed Work Schedule$72,267
Second Assistant Engineer$65,314
Third Assistant Engineer$58,367 - $74,714
Electrician$49,152
Second Electrician$45,958
Refrigeration Engineer$44,413 - $45,958
Deck Engineer Machinist$41,170 - $45,958
Unlicensed Junior Engineer$36,188 - $40,221
Pumpman$45,953
Electronics Technician$60,513
Engine Utilityman$34,572 - $36,713
Wiper Advancement Program$29,531

Supply Department

Military Sealift Command’s Supply department is made up of the Supply and Logistics departments. Members of MSC’s Supply department 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$38,910
Chief Cook$38,634
Second Cook$36,921
Cook / Baker$33,463
Assistant Cook$33,463
Logistics
PositionsBase Salary
Junior Supply Officer$72,629
Yeoman Storekeeper$36,314
Assistant Storekeeper$31,398

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$59,426
First Radio Electronics Technician$52,630
Second Radio Electronics Technician$45,273

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$72,629

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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