Seafarer Salary Guide: How Much Should Your Wages Be?

Do you agree that salary is the main motivation or reason why Filipinos pursue to become seafarers? I personally believe it is. Despite the hardships seafarers encounter at sea, they continue to strive and perform their duties very well. Even though the job requires to be away from their families, seafarers are willing to sacrifice for the sake of their loved ones. So, how much compensation do they really receive for their hard-work and sacrifices? Check the seafarer salary guide below to have an overview on how they should be compensated.

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is an international trade union federation of transport workers’ union. It promotes respect for trade union and human rights worldwide, that includes salary of seafarers. If your ship is covered by an ITF agreement, you are entitled to an ITF wage. Please see the table below.

ITF Standard Wage Scale (2012-2015)
No
Rank or Rating
Basic monthly pay (US$)
1
Master
4875
2
Ch. Eng
4431
3
Ch. Off
3147
4
1st Eng
3147
5
2nd Off
2521
6
2nd Eng
2521
7
RO
2521
8
Elect Eng
2521
9
Chief Stew
2521
10
3rd Off
2430
11
3rd Eng
2430
12
Electrician
2168
13
Bosun
1616
14
Carpenter
1616
15
Fitter/Repairer
1616
16
Chief Cook
1616
17
Donkeyman
1616
19
Pumpman
1616
23
AB
1447
24
Fireman/motorman
1447
25
Oiler/Greaser
1447
26
Steward
1447
27
2nd Cook
1233
28
Messroom Steward
1233
29
OS
1077
30
Wiper
1077
31
Deck Boy
867
32
Catering Boy
867

 

The table of wages above only represents the basic monthly salary of seafarers working in a ship under an ITF agreement. Basic salaries not under ITF agreement may differ. Take note also that the table above is only for the basic salary. A seafarer’s wage usually includes overtime pay, leave pay, owner’s bonus, seniority bonus, rejoining bonus, and more. Therefore, the total monthly salary will be much higher.

Total salary also differs depending on the type of ship, company, and position. The table above will give you an overview or estimate of how much seafarers earn. As an example, a Chief Engineer of a bulk carrier earns an average of $8,000 per month more or less.

There it goes, that’s how much seafarers earn in exchange for the lost time with their loved ones and dangers encountered at sea. I firmly believe that even though the compensation is great, a seafarer should not spend all their lives at sea. They should set their goals straight and make an exit plan when the right time comes. I’ve written a different article about the right time to quit being a seafarer to give you my personal take on when to quit. Please check it out.

Anvin Argañosa

An Electronics Engineer by profession. A land-based worker turned into an ocean dweller. An "aspiring" business tycoon and financial advocate. A loving father to my daughter Julian. And a very obedient husband to Ann (wink!).

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