Marine Services Technicians


Marine Services Technicians


Marine services technicians inspect, maintain, and repair marine vessels, from small boats to large yachts. They work on vessels' hulls, engines, transmissions, navigational equipment, and electrical, propulsion, and refrigeration systems. Depending on their specialty, they may also be known as motorboat mechanics, marine electronics technicians, or marine fiberglass technicians. Marine services technicians may work at boat dealerships, boat repair shops, boat engine manufacturers, or marinas. Naturally, j...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Several years of experience as a general boatyard worker





Personality Traits

Hands On


In January 2020, Payscale.com reported the average annual salary for marine service technicians with five to nine years of experience was $38,501. The median yearly earnings of motorboat mechanics were $40,180 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $24,280 to more than $62,460 a year. 

Technicians in small shops tend to receive few fringe b...

Work Environment

Technicians who work indoors often are in well-lit and ventilated shops. The work is cleaner than that on cars because there tends to be less grease and dirt on marine engines; instead, workers have to deal with water scum, heavy-duty paint, and fiberglass. In general, marine work is similar to other types of mechanical jobs, where workers encounter such things as noise when engines are being r...


According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for small engine mechanics are expected to grow by about 6 percent, about as fast the average for all occupations, through 2028. As boat design and construction become more complicated, the outlook will be best for well-trained technicians. Boat engines have become more sophisticated and efficient, and there will be a continued...