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Military Sealift Command Annual Average Salaries have been published. They are impressive!

Posted to Maritime Reporter (by on August 18, 2023

MSC Wages

As people scan social media, job boards, websites and other resources, looking for their next job, what they will earn is an important factor. Some organizations list hourly rates, while others list day rates- there are countless ways to see what you will earn in any position. Military Sealift Command has always paid our civil service mariners (CIVMARs) well, but when one looks at the published salary, they may have been discouraged by the low number shown. This is because it is the most basic, base rate and does not include the overtime, the pay based on ship assignment, any hazard pays, etc.

We want to show you what the reality is. We have published here the Average Annual Salary for most of the positions we are actively hiring for. And the numbers are outstanding.

Here are a few samples to showcase the difference between the published base rate and the annual average:

Base SalaryAnnual Average Salary
Ordinary Seaman$28,654-$34,295$65,786
Able Seaman$46,346$98,778
Deck Engineer Machinist$47,814-$53,770$111,267
Chief Radio Electronics Technician$69,016$120,244
Medical Services Officer$82,812-$94,221$146,422
Second Cook$42,877$101,885
Cook Baker$38,861-$47,216$109,346

Visit to see the full listing.

We also have been working diligently to improve the common complaint of our workforce which has been our ability to provide timely relief to those who are scheduled to leave their shipboard assignment. During COVID our numbers skyrocketed but the focused work has dramatically decreased numbers. We are proud to say we have driven down overdue relief from over 700 CIVMARs to approximately 100 - and we are still working, because even 10 is too many.

Our commitment to our current workforce and the workforce of the future is that getting our mariners relieved on time will always be a top priority for both the ship and shoreside leadership.

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