Deckhand Salary

Deckhands in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $38K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction.

$26,828 - $59,942
$27K
$38K
$60K
MEDIAN: $38,170
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$9.86 - $21.72
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.29
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,828 - $59,942  
   
Bonus
$44.38 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$132.50  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,185 - $58,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $21.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $13.98  
Overtime
$13.13 - $35.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$44.38 - $5,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$132.50  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,185 - $58,726  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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Job Description for Deckhand

"Deckhand" typically refers to a low-ranking sailor who works on a ship and assists in its ongoing maintenance. Deckhands are often employed on commercial ships and occasionally by private ships.

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Deckhand Tasks

  • Maintains appropriate levels of lubricant in all main engine and the ship service diesel generator.
  • Reads gauges and other indicators such as fuel oil pressure and temperature.
  • Adjusts steam burning boiler drafts and maintains proper combustion, pressure and water levels in boilers.
  • Greases/lubricates bearings, pumps and couplings.
  • Operates and cleans oil filtration and centrifuge equipment.

Common Career Paths for Deckhand


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Deckhands often transition into Water Vessel Pilot, Mate, or Captain positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Captain, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels earn $70K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deckhand

Pay by Experience for a Deckhand has a positive trend. An entry-level Deckhand with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 270 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Deckhand with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 53 salaries. An experienced Deckhand which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 22 salaries. A Deckhand with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 6 salaries.

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Key Stats for Deckhand

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Deckhand Salaries

Experienced
▲34%

Late-Career
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$35,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Deckhand Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲13%

deckhand
▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 29%