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Merchanters, unlike Starfleet personnel, expect to get paid to perform their services, and are paid based on their experince and skills. The following information is presented to give people a reference.

Pay Grade Typical Rank/Title Base Annual Salary Pay Grade Definition
GRADE 0 Untrained Crewmen 1,500 Cr - Untrained, No speciality specified.
- Useful as untrained labor.
GRADE 1 1,650 Cr. - Minimal Training.
- Training probably gleaned from working with trained personnel.
- Usually an untrained helper with some familiarity with the terminology and parameters of the field.
GRADE 2 Apprentice 1,900 Cr. - Limited Training.
- Training gained from working with trained personnel.
- The merchanter can be useful to take readings and perform basic, non-diagnostic maintenance work.
GRADE 3 Crewman 2,600 Cr. - Basic Training.
- Training gained on the job or as an apprentice.
- Able to perform routine work in their speciality, do well-defined diagnostics, and provide normal maintenance support.
- Graduates from Approved Federation Merchant Apprnticeship programs are guarenteed at least this level of pay. Graduates are entitled to the designation TMS (Trained Merchant Specialist) after his name.
GRADE 4 Senior Crewman;
Department Head
3,500 Cr.
(+ 900 Cr. Department Head)
- Advanced Training.
- Training gained in part on the job but mostly under trained tutelage or in school.
- Able to perform routine tasks in his speciality with no difficulty, do non-critical diagnostics, and master basic techniques in the field.
- Minimum Grade for Department Head position in departments with under 10 persons.

GRADE 5

Senior Crewman;
Department Head;
Ship's Officer;
Ship's Second Officer
4,300 Cr.
(+ 1,000 Cr. Department Head)
(+ 1,100 Cr. Ship's Officer)
(+ 1,200 Cr. Ship's Second Officer)
- Operational Expertise.
- Training gained mostly under tutelage or in school.
- Can perform all normal defined jobs and make reasonable progress in understanding theory or handling unusual situations based on experience.
- Minimum Grade for Department Head position in departments with from 10 to 49 persons.

GRADE 6

Senior Crewman;
Department Head;
Ship's Officer;
Ship's Second Officer;
Ship's First Officer
5,100 Cr.
(+ 1,100 Cr. Department Head)
(+ 1,200 Cr. Ship's Officer)
(+ 1,300 Cr. Ship's Second Officer)
(+1,400 Cr. Ship's First Officer)
- Professional Expertise.
- Training gained mostly in school and by experience.
- Able to direct teams in professional operations, is experienced in theory and practice of speciality, and is capable of original conceptualization of basic techniques.
- Minimum Grade for Department Head position in departments with 50 persons or more.

GRADE 7

Senior Crewman;
Department Head;
Ship's Officer;
Ship's Second Officer;
Ship's First Officer;
Ship's Captain
6,000 Cr.
(+ 1,200 Cr. Department Head)
(+ 1,300 Cr. Ship's Officer)
(+ 1,400 Cr. Ship's Second Officer)
(+ 1,500 Cr. Ship's First Officer)
(+ 2,000 Cr. Ship's Captain
- Advanced Expertise.
- Training gained in school and through extensive professional experience.
- Can direct teams in theoretical development, and is capable of advanced development of techniques and theory.
GRADE 8 Senior Crewman;
Department Head;
Ship's Officer;
Ship's Second Officer;
Ship's First Officer;
Ship's Captain
6,900 Cr.
(+ 1,300 Cr. Department Head)
(+ 1,400 Cr. Ship's Officer)
(+ 1,500 Cr. Ship's Second Officer)
(+ 1,600 Cr. Ship's First Officer)
(+ 3,000 Cr. Ship's Captain)
- Master Level Expertise.
- Training gained in advanced schooling, research, and through extensive professional experience.
- Able to direct teams in advanced operations of major importance or in original research and development of new techniques or theory, and is capable of major advances in techniques or theory.
- Entitled to the designation MMS (Master Merchant Specialist) after their name.

Examples are presented to show you how to use this chart:

EXAMPLE 1: Michael is an Apprentice on a Freighter. That would mean that he is a Pay Grade 2. He receives 1,900 Federation Credits annually as his base line rate of pay. His base rate does not include any bonuses for profitable trade runs or other bonuses.

EXAMPLE 2: Jolene is the Chief Medical Officer (Dept. Head) on a Freighter. She is a Pay Grade 7. Besides being the CMO, she is also the Second Officer as well. Jolene receives 6,000 credits as her base pay, but also gets an additional 1,400 credits for being the Second Officer, and 1,200 credits for being a Department Head. Jolene's annual base rate now becomes 8,600 credits, BEFORE any bonuses for profitable trade runs.

EXAMPLE 3: Kurn, MMS is the Captain of a Freighter, but he doesn't own it. He is a Pay Grade 8. His base annual salary is 6,900 credits. As the Freighter's Captain, he also gets a 3,000 credit bonus, which brings his PRE-bonus annual base salary to 9,900 credits.

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