Marine Engineering


Education required to be a Marine Engineering.

Anyone interested in pursuing a career in marine engineering must complete a significant amount of education in science, technology and engineering. Degrees in marine engineering are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bachelor's degrees in marine engineering introduce students to basic concepts of marine propulsion, fluid dynamics and ship design. Master's and doctoral degrees in marine engineering cover advanced topics in materials science, managing engineering projects and electrical power systems.

Job Desciption

Marine engineers design, maintain, and repair the mechanical systems that are used in aircraft carriers, sailboats, submarines, cargo ships, and other marine vessels.

Because there are so many different mechanical systems on ships, many marine engineers choose to specialize in designing certain types of equipment. Engines, pumps, and electrical systems are a few areas where a marine engineer may choose to focus.

Pay Scale


  • According to the website PayScale, as of September 2010, marine engineers receive total compensation of $60,996 to $101,809 per year. High-paying industries include oil and gas at $68,017 to $112,981 and water transportation at $63,356 to $101,243.


  • The greater the experience, the higher the pay, with those having one to four years of work earning $58,831 to $70,434. Those with five to nine years earn $56,000 to $96,000, while those with 10 to 19 years get $58,958 to $106,296.


  • The location of the job affects salary, with Louisiana showing the widest and highest ranges at $82,925 to $163,488. California offers $27,676 to $102,199, while Texas pays $62,918 to $103,225.