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A Shipowner's Guide to Wage Scales

A Shipowner's Guide to Wage Scales

Eve Jones

If you’re a shipowner or manager whose least favourite crew management tasks include calculating the salaries for your new and existing crew members, we think you’re going to love our Wage Scales feature. We’ve created this to make your life as an employer in the maritime industry much easier.

Wage scales allow you to quickly determine the salary for any given position even if maths and budgeting aren’t your strong points!

We think this is such a great feature that we felt it deserved a knowledge base article all of its very own, so let’s dive a little deeper into Wage Scales and find out how they can save you time, frustration and resources.

Getting started with Wage Scales

To get started log in to your Martide account and click on your profile picture in the top right hand corner. You will see a drop down menu. Click Settings and then Wage Scales:

Martide website showing how to find the Wage Scales function under Settings


You will then see this page. The name of the Wage Scale and the Union are on the left and the vessels in the fleet are on the right hand side.

Martide website showing Wage Scales already created in the system


On this page you can do a number of crew management tasks including search for existing Wage Scales, edit or delete existing Wage Scales and create new Wage Scales.

Creating a new Wage Scale

For this knowledge base post we’re going to take a look at how to add a new Wage Scale. Click the Create Wage Scale button in the top right corner. First of all you will see a page that looks like this: (This is quite a long page so bear with us while we take you through it!)

Page on Martide's website showing a bank Wage Scale ready to be created

Here you can:

  1. Choose a name for the Wage Scale - for example the name of your shipping company and the number of the scale - in our example it’s Shipment Company 2 Wage Scale.
  2. Select your vessel(s) from the drop down box. If you need a vessel adding, please contact your Key Account Manager.
  3. Select the ship type, flag, union and currency from the drop down menus.
  4. Enter the dates the Wage Scale is to be valid from and until.

Scroll further down the page and you will see this:

Page on Martide.com showing where to fill in insurance, working hours and leave


This is where you can enter the:

  1. Quantities for death and disability insurance
  2. Numbers for weekly working hours, G.O.T ratings and G.O.T. cadets
  3. Number of leave days for officers, ratings and cadets.

Scroll even further down the page and you will see this:

Page on Martide's website showing the different variations for different ranks of seafarers

Now it’s time to add the basic wages, fixed overtime, guaranteed overtime, overtime rate, fixed bonus, leave sub, leave pay and wage adjustment for all crew. Do this by typing the number directly into each box or by using the arrows that appear when you click into a box.

Adding these factors will determine the total salary for a position in the box at the end of each row. When you’ve finished, at the bottom of the page you will see this:

Martide webs page showing how to add experience for each rank and then save it

Now you need to add the number of years of experience in that role or in the maritime industry needed for each of the positions in your crew. To get started, click the blue + button next to Add Experience Level.

The page will open up and you can add your data. In our example below you can see we’ve said that any electricians applying to open seafarer jobs with Martide will need one year of experience in the maritime industry while masters are required to have four:

Page on martide.com showing how to add years of experience for different seafaring ranks


Last part, we promise! Finally you need to:

  1. Add the years of experience needed for each rank
  2. Add each job position by clicking the + button.
  3. Add the numbers of basic wages, fixed overtime, sub all, leave pay, wage adjustment, bonus and total.

You can add as many years and ranks as you need. Inputting all this information will result in your crew members’ salaries being magically calculated for you so although it might take a few minutes to set up, in the long run the Wage Scales feature will make life a whole lot easier for your shipping company.

We hope you’ve found this blog post about Wage Scales helpful but you can find a step-by-step version of this article on our knowledge base support website if you’d like a more factual guide.

And if you'd like to know more about how Martide can help your shipping company streamline your crew management by creating a CRM candidate database or a hiring dashboard, contact us - we'd love to chat.