USMMA Salary

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  1. SAco

    SAco New Member

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    I am applying fo USMMA and have already been acceptd into USAFA. I was wondering what the avg starting salary is out of USMMA. I have been looking all over the place. People say 40,000 to 100,000. Does anybody actually know the avg.? Thank You!!!
     
  2. AMF

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    Search this forum thoroughly. There are several posts about salaries. Bottom line: you cannot really make a decision based on "avg salary" because there is a pretty wide spectrum depending on career path you choose.
     
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    My first job 2 weeks after graduation as a 3rd mate on an oil tanker in Alaska came out to right about 9400 a month. That was with one of the unions. That doesn't equate to 9400 x 12 though as one typically doesn't work 12 Mos when sailing.

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  4. KP2013dramamama

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    Salaries depend on what company and vessel and what your major is. I suggest you search the major which is interesting to you, (deck or engine), look at the course regime. Only you can answer this next question...Are you going to an academy for the money or for your desire to serve your country? KP is THE hardest academy from which to graduate. If you don't work/study your tail off you won't graduate and receive the salary which seems important to you. Search this forum and the web for info you need. Have you followed gCaptain to find out about the industry?
     
  5. jasperdog

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    As noted by others "Average Salary" is a terribly misleading number in and of itself. Without understanding the associated "Mean" and "Standard Deviation" one could say $50,000 and be accurate if the "average" was looking at two graduates one of whom is making $100,000 and the other of whom is either unemployed or still not in the workforce say going to graduate school... If you're the unemployed person would you be happy at your situation knowing that your classmate is making $100K?

    A data point to consider is this number given to me ~10 years ago by a member of Congress (who interestingly enough ended up sending one of his sons to USMMA) was within 3-5 years of graduation 95% of USMMA graduates are in the top 5% of wage earners in the nation. Further a question I'd ask admissions if this was a key consideration in my own decision process, and that I believe USMMA and MARAD gather and track data on, is what is the employment status on the Class of 2014 - 6 months after graduation? And where are they employed, from that you can get the idea of how much they are likely making and in what types of jobs they are working.

    I will add that the numbers you are saying $40 - $100+K are probably quite fair answers. Many recent graduates (2012, 13 & 14) are indeed earning $75+K and working in jobs they enjoy right now and this has been the case as far as I know for quite some time (last 8 - 10 years.)

    Hope this helps, good luck as you explore your options and consider USMMA as an option for or not for you. Keep in mind though that many of those recent graduates earning that kind of money haven't been home for a holiday season for several years and when they are "at work" they don't get in a car and go home at the end of their shift - unless you think of your shift as 30, 45, or even 90 or 120 days...
     
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  6. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    Cadets too ... I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years at sea during my first sea year.
     
  7. AMF

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    The again, 90 days at sea might seem more attractive for a few years than 9-5+ AND some sort of commute each way...just sayin
     
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    I absolutely agree my point was it's not all about the money - or at least it rarely ever is.
     
  9. cmakin

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    I did the same for both of my Sea Years, except I got New Years on the second half. Missed a bunch of those days again while at sea. Missed a bunch when I came ashore, too. Had two consecutive years where I was offshore west Africa one Thanksgiving, and then offshore Louisiana the following year. . . .
     

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