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Superintendent salaries

10 years ago, Master Mariners or Captains looking to come ashore could expect to earn less than their Chief Engineer colleagues. Why? Sheer supply and demand economics.

Fleet management organisational structures ashore meant that on average 1.8 engineers were employed for every deck officer. That ratio has since fallen to 1.3 engineers per deck officer.

The reasons are not hard to discern – the increased regulatory burden generally, the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, the intense focus on HSEQ and security and more recently the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC); all of these inevitably demand the skills and knowledge that deck officers have.

Now though, there is little, almost no difference between marine superintendent and technical superintendent salaries in most global locations, aside from the USA, where marine superintendents are pulling ahead slightly in the salary stakes.

If you'd like to have access to full compensation and benefits data for all shore-based shipping jobs whether commercial, technical, operations, crewing, corporate, legal, purchasing and so on, contact Spinnaker HR Consulting Services by emailing Michele Hawkins at [email protected] and ask for a Maritime HR Forum information pack.

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