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Marine Mechanic Salaries: Ranking the Highest Paying States

Feb 8, 2021 ·
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If you love working with your hands and have a passion for boats and marine equipment, a career as a marine technician could be for you. Marine technicians, also called marine mechanics, maintain and repair outboard and inboard engines, vessels, sterndrives and diesel engines. They diagnose problems, perform routine maintenance, test engines and fix issues.

Working on marine equipment can be a fulfilling job. You may work on equipment that powers global trade, or on ships that transport goods and products around the world. Some marine technicians repair boats for individuals or businesses that rely on them. In any case, you get to be surrounded by open water and master some of the world’s most powerful equipment.

How Much Do Marine Mechanics Make?

In May 2020, the annual median salary for motorboat mechanics and service technicians was $43,320,31 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This means half of marine technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.

In the following list, you’ll find the 2020 annual median wages, reported in May 2020, for marine mechanics throughout the United States (BLS has data for all but New Mexico, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.) Let’s dive in!

Top 10 Annual Median Salaries for Marine Mechanics

1. Rhode Island: $55,710

Much of Rhode Island has coastal access, so that makes boats and ships a prominent presence here. Leisure and tourism make up one of the biggest industrial sectors in the state, and locals and visitors enjoy boating and sailing. Water transportation is also big here, creating opportunities for marine technicians.

2. Utah: $54,050

Utah is landlocked, but it’s actually one of the most popular places in the nation for boating. Utah has an abundance of lakes and reservoirs that makes it sixth in the U.S. in amount of boatable water per capita. There are boating opportunities all over the state, which means opportunities for marine technicians.

3. Connecticut: $53,610

Connecticut’s coastal location makes it a prime area for boating, sailing and fishing. Tourism is also one of the state’s major industries, and visitors love to get on the water. Marine mechanics here can work on motors and parts for all types of boats and ships.

4. Massachusetts: $53,600

Massachusetts is another coastal state where boats and ships abound. One of the state’s top industries is fishing, and food processing and storage is a major economic driver here. Tourism is also a big industry in Massachusetts. Marine mechanics are needed to power export services and boats for locals and vacationers in the area.

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5. Hawaii: $52,980

The islands of Hawaii are a prime area for boating. There are marine mechanic needs for both recreational and businesses boating. Hawaii is a significant producer and exporter of goods like sugar and pineapples, and another main industry here is defense. All of these require marine technicians to keep things running smoothly.

6. Maryland: $51,660

Maryland’s top industries include military and defense, which rely on working ships for the area. Chesapeake Bay is also popular for recreation and tourism, commercial fishing, seafood production, underwater farming and water utilities. All these needs require marine technicians.

7. Maine: $50,630

Tourism is a major industry in Maine, which is known for its beautiful coastline and delicious seafood. Boating is popular among visitors, which opens the door to different opportunities for skilled marine technicians.

8. Arizona: $49,950

Arizona is another state with a great need for marine mechanics. Known for its sunny weather year-round, visitors often come to Arizona to take their boats out on one of its scenic lakes. This creates a need for skilled mechanics who can maintain and repair these boats.

9. Florida: $49,210

There’s plenty of water for marine enthusiasts to enjoy in Florida, from numerous lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean coastline. Given the amount of people who own watercraft in the area, it makes sense that there would be plenty of opportunities for marine technicians in the Sunshine State.

10. New Jersey: $48,930

Transportation, including that on the water, is one of New Jersey’s biggest industries. Besides marine machinery for business, recreational boating is popular in the state — and marine mechanics are vital for all these needs.

Ranking Marine Mechanic Salaries in All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Rhode Island$55,710
10New Jersey$48,930
13North Dakota
16New Hampshire
24West Virginia$42,210
29South Dakota$39,350
31North Carolina$38,710
42South Carolina$36,600
46New York$35,330
49New MexicoN/A
51District of ColumbiaN/A

Train for a Career at Marine Mechanics Institute

If working on jobs and within industries like those mentioned above interests you, consider enrolling at Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) in sunny Orlando, Florida.1 At MMI, students receive training on products of five major manufacturers that are part of the marine industry.

To learn more, visit our Marine Technician Specialist training program page and request information to get in touch with one of our Admissions Representatives today.

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1) MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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31) MMI’s Marine Technician Specialist program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as marine technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2020 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for MMI graduates. MMI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. MMI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some MMI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a marine technician, such as equipment maintenance, inspector, and part associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians (49-3051) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $32,760 to $42,570 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled marine technicians in North Carolina is $18.61 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2020 Occupational Employment and Wages, Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentiles of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $15.18 and $12.87, respectively.

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