Deckhand Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Deckhands in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $39K annually nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Deckhands, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$26,921 - $60,535
$27K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $38,545
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50%
90%

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$9.88 - $21.53
$9
$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.42
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,921 - $60,535  
   
Bonus
$44.70 - $5,918  
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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$23,461 - $59,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $21.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $14.09  
Overtime
$12.94 - $35.48  
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
$44.70 - $5,918  
   
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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$23,461 - $59,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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 who move on to become Captain, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels may enjoy significant pay raises, as Captain, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels get paid an average 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. Deckhands see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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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
60%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Deckhand Salaries

Experienced
▲24%

Late-Career
▲23%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$35,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Deckhand Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲12%

deckhand
▼0%

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
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%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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