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Ranking the Highest Paying Marine Mechanic Salaries

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 2019, the annual median wage for motorboat mechanics and service technicians was $41,330, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).31 Half of motorboat mechanics and service technicians made more and half made less.

There are some states where you may be able to make more than the median annual wage due to factors like demand for technicians and the state’s cost of living. In the following list, you’ll find the 2019 annual median wages, reported in May 2019, 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 Salaries for Marine Mechanics


1. Hawaii: $57,320

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.

2. Connecticut: $55,960

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.

3. Rhode Island: $53,840

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 a demand for marine technicians.

4. Utah: $52,090

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 marine technicians in demand.

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5. Massachusetts: $50,340

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.

6. Arizona: $50,070

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.

7. Maryland: $49,030

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.

8. North Dakota: $48,330

There are many areas in North Dakota for fishing and boating, including lakes and river systems. Tourism is the third-largest industry in the state, and many visitors head out on the water to take in the beautiful environment. Marine mechanics work on boats for locals and business needs here.

9. Maine: $48,120

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.

10. New Jersey: $47,640

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 All 50 States and the District of Columbia

RankStateAnnual Median Wage
1Hawaii$57,320
2Connecticut$55,960
3Rhode Island$53,840
4Utah$52,090
5Massachusetts$50,340
6Arizona$50,070
7Maryland$49,030
8North Dakota$48,330
9Maine$48,120
10New Jersey$47,640
11Florida$45,750
12Delaware$45,710
13California$45,480
14Minnesota$43,700
15Washington$43,310
16Texas$42,910
17Louisiana$42,680
18Colorado$42,650
19Oregon$42,460
20Virginia$41,340
21Nevada$41,150
22Wisconsin$40,560
23New Hampshire$40,450
24Vermont$38,800
25North Carolina$38,600
26Michigan$38,350
27Alabama$38,010
28New York$37,930
29Nebraska$37,650
30Missouri$37,530
31Alaska$37,380
32South Dakota$37,130
33Ohio$36,770
34Illinois$36,750
35Kentucky$36,310
36Iowa$36,150
37Tennessee$36,130
38Pennsylvania$36,120
39Indiana$36,050
40Montana$35,760
41Oklahoma$34,660
42Mississippi$33,790
43Kansas$33,200
44Arkansas$31,970
45South Carolina$31,890
46Georgia$31,390
47Idaho$30,540
48West Virginia$30,390
49New MexicoN/A
50WyomingN/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. 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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