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.
|Salary||$26,921 - $60,535|
|Bonus||$44.70 - $5,918|
|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).)
|$23,461 - $59,248|
|Hourly Rate||$9.88 - $21.53|
|Hourly Tips||$0.12 - $14.09|
|Overtime||$12.94 - $35.48|
|Bonus||$44.70 - $5,918|
|Total Pay (||$23,461 - $59,248|
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.Read More...
The tasks of a deckhand can vary greatly depending on the type of ship and what work is necessary on a given day, and the deckhand's prior experience may also be a factor. Senior deckhands may have easier jobs, while newer ones may take on tough and dirty-cleaning work as they gain experience and move on to a higher position. Some deckhands in certain geographic areas may also be responsible for watching for pirates, as piracy is a problem particularly in Southeast Asian and African waters.
Some cruise ships hire deckhands to help passengers enjoy their mini-vacations, direct them to any particular areas or events on the ship, and address all their questions and concerns, while deckhands on a fishing boat may assist inexperienced fisherman with tasks like baiting fish or getting them into the boat.
- 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.
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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