Men make up the majority of Deckhands in the United States, bringing in about $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Most Deckhands like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,871 - $61,152
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,106
10%
50%
90%

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$9.77 - $21.75
(Median)
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,871 - $61,152  
   
Bonus
$43.63 - $5,049  
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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$23,388 - $59,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $21.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $14.19  
Overtime
$12.86 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$43.63 - $5,049  
   
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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$23,388 - $59,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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

  • Greases/lubricates bearings, pumps and couplings.
  • Operates and cleans oil filtration and centrifuge equipment.
  • Adjusts steam burning boiler drafts and maintains proper combustion, pressure and water levels in boilers.
  • 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.

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Advancing into a Water Vessel Pilot, Mate, or Captain role seems to be a popular career move for Deckhands, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $70K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Deckhand

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. Deckhands who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $43K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Deckhand Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Deckhand Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 12%

National Average
$35,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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