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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$74,837
First Officer - Mixed Work Schedule$74,837
Second Officer$67,621
Third Officer$61,426
Damage Controlman$72,801
Damage Control Officer$89,263
Assistant Damage Control Officer$81,051
Operations Chief$50,593
Able Seaman$40,454
Ordinary Seaman$25,846- $29,935

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$73,113- $93,590
First Assistant Engineer - Mixed Work Schedule$73,113
Second Assistant Engineer$66,079
Third Assistant Engineer$60,013
Electrician$49,825
Second Electrician$46,587
Refrigeration Engineer$45,021- $46,587
Deck Engineer Machinist$41,734
Unlicensed Junior Engineer$36,683- $40,772
Pumpman$45,568
Electronics Technician$61,342
Engine Utilityman$35,045 – 37,215
Wiper Advancement Program$29,935

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
Chief Steward$46,442
Steward Cook$39,443
Chief Cook$39,163
Second Cook$37,426
Cook / Baker$33,921
Assistant Cook$33,921
Logistics
PositionsBase Salary
Junior Supply Officer$73,479
Yeoman Storekeeper$36,811
Assistant Storekeeper$32,601
Supply Utilityman$24,675

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 Technician$60,240
First Radio Electronics Technician$53,351
Second Radio Electronics Technician$45,893

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$73,479

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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