i entered the maritime career for a short time some years ago. i got lucky with a great job in the gulf on a 105" supply ship with no rating mmc stcw nothing not even an i.d., pissed in a cup and hopped on board. spent a few days looking at the engines and a few days learning the intracasies of my responsibilitys on deck.we headed out for a coastal tour of 3 months straight time. just me and captain and then i kept traveling…
7 years and 1 wild hair later im no longer a stone mason. i am from seattle (hub city) so i says hey i’ll see whats on the water and i find schools galore each one is the best and costs 20k …my foot in the door’s got a gold boot on it . Am I still looking at a 30k year salary as an ab after school…or can i earn more as a qmed in the same time. i was lucky to make about 90k in a year as an independent high-end mason and finish carpenter at 26yr/o 3 years ago. maybe im just spoiled now but the salary averages that i have seen on the net don’t look that appealing for for a 20 to 30k education and 2 yrs deep in a job. On the other hand i talked to a union rep today and was surprised when i heard him say that if i finished the 9 month course and got qmed i would get paid 15k per month right out of school. i came a little oops. so i am confused because the monkey on my left says well give you 30k per year and the monkey on my right says 150k+. thats a weerd lukin hull, something is missing.
is any body out there willing to disclose alittle info on how the union pay scales are set? who gets paid what for what? and does anybody really take you “right outa school”?
I’m tempted to go get my stcw done and just go sit in the union hall for a couple months and go it alone. screw the school? i don’t know both plans seem ok it just seams a little more natural to go straight in. but whos hiring an os just to pay him? i can’t sit and tread water it’s been to long without work.
thanky guys and gals 2 grand to the first person gets me lucrative employment on a vessel any where in the continental us for now. thats how i roll.