Cruise Ship Salaries

The cruise industry is a highly international industry. It is not
governed by the U.S. Department of Labor, or other government
entity overseeing wage and payscale standards. Since many cruise
ships are not registered under the flag of the United States, federal
employment regulations that apply to domestic companies will not
apply. Unlike many domestic transportation companies, many
cruise ships are non-union vessels. There are cruise ships that
hire through maritime unions, but many hire indepently from the
public or from crew recruiting agencies.  

Below, we've provided some linked resources for statistics from the
department of labor

Job Title                                        

Mates & Pilots

Ship Engineers

Sailors and
Marine Oilers

Additional Jobs

When using this information, please keep in mind that the most
accurate way to assess salaries for a job is to see what individual
cruise lines post for a job. For a given position, Carnival Cruise
Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Cunard can have differing

A unique aspect of cruise ships, as compared with other maritime
industry jobs at sea  is that cruise ships carry the most diverse
assortment of jobs. This stems from the fact that cruise ships carry
so many different departments. The labor needs of a typical cargo
vessel will be generally classed as deck or engine department
jobs. However, aboard a cruise ship, you have deck, engine,
purser, casino, entertainment, culinary, housekeeping, safety,
security and other departments.

The statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor are a general
reference. You have to keep in mind that most cruise lines are not
governed the the U.S. Department of Labor. But the DOL
information can provide some insight into what some of the
shore-based counterparts of cruise ship jobs might pay.

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Offices that maintain regional
employment, unemployment, wage

ALASKA - Juneau, AK 907 465 4518
ARIZONA  Phoenix, AZ 602 542 3871
ARKANSAS Little Rock, AR 501 682 4500
CALIFORNIA Sacramento, CA 916 262-2160
COLORADO Denver CO 303 318-8898
CONNECTICUT Wethersfield CT 860 263 6255
DELAWARE Wilmington, DE 302 761-8052
DISTRICT of COLUMBIA 202 671-1633
FLORIDA Tallahassee, FL 850 488-1048
GEORGIA - Atlanta, GA - (404) 232-3875
GUAM - Tamuning, GU - (671) 475-7062
HAWAII - Honolulu, HI - (808) 586-8996
IDAHO - Boise, ID - (800) 772-2553
ILLINOIS - Chicago, IL - (312) 793-2316
INDIANA Indianapolis, IN 317 232-7460
IOWA - Des Moines, IA - (515) 281-0255
KANSAS - Topeka, KS - (785) 296-5058
KENTUCKY Frankfort, KY 502 564-7976
LOUISIANA Baton Rouge, LA 225 342-3141
MAINE - Augusta, ME - (207) 287-2271
MARYLAND Baltimore, MD 410 767-2250
MASSACHUSETTS Boston, MA 617 626-6556
MICHIGAN - Detroit, MI - (313) 456-3090
MINNESOTA St. Paul, MN 651 282-2714
MISSISSIPPI Jackson, MS 601 321-6261
MISSOURI Jefferson City, MO 573 751-3609
NEW HAMPSHIRE Concord NH 603 228-4123
NEW JERSEY Trenton, NJ 609 292-0099
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque, NM 505 222-4683
NEW YORK - Albany, NY - (518) 457-6369
NORTH CAROLINA - Raleigh, NC 919 733-2936
NORTH DAKOTA - Bismarck, ND 701328-2868
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City, OK 405 557-7265
OREGON - Salem, OR - (503) 947-1212
PENNSYLVANIA Harrisburg, PA 717 787-3266
PUERTO RICO Hato Rey, PR - (787) 754-5340
RHODE ISLAND - Cranston, RI 401 462-8767
SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia, SC 803 737 2660
SOUTH DAKOTA Aberdeen, SD 605 626-2314
TENNESSEE - Nashville, TN - (615) 741-2284
TEXAS - Austin, TX - (512) 491-4802
UTAH - Salt Lake City, UT - (801) 526-9401
VERMONT - Montpelier, VT - (802) 828-4153
VIRGIN ISLANDS Charlotte Amalie VI
VIRGINIA - Richmond, VA - (804) 786-7496
WASHINGTON - Lacey, WA - (360) 438-4804
WEST VIRGINIA Charleston, WV 304 558-2660
WISCONSIN - Madison, WI - (608) 267-2393
WYOMING - Casper, WY - (307) 473-3807
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cruise ship job wage and salary info
Although the titles in the highlighted blue text to
the left are used as general categories by the
U.S. Department of Labor, cruise lines typically
use their own titles in their job descriptions.

The captain and other deck officers handle the
navigation and movement of the ship. Large
cruise ships generally have a staff captain as
well as a captain. Captains do not typically
stand watches, which are stood by the first,
second and third officers.

This is the DOL description for engineering
officers in general. Keep in mind that cruise
ships have engineering officers, as well as
refrigeration officers, electrical engineering
officers, engine room staff with specialized
knowledge about azimuthing pods and other
jobs that come under the engineering

Sailors and marine, in general in the maritime
industry, are regarded as the non-licensed
ratings who report to the respective
watchstanding deck and engineering officers.
Therefore, these positions can identify
deckhands, able-bodied seamen, oilers,
wipers, and other non-licensed jobs, although
cruise lines will not use the term "sailor"...
that's a Dept. of Labor term.

These will include information for as many
jobs indexed by the DOL that appear to have
connection to a seagoing counter-part on
cruise ships. Clicking the "Additional Jobs" link
will take you to additional statistics and salary
information for bartenders, entertainers,
musicians, housekeeping and hotel service
jobs, security jobs and more.