Deckhand Salary

A sizeable majority of Deckhands in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $37K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Though the majority of Deckhands do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$26,106 - $59,103
$26K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $37,336
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50%
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$9.91 - $21.88
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$13
$22
MEDIAN: $13.40
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$0$59K
Salary $26,106 - $59,103
Bonus $98.63 - $5,129
Profit Sharing $15.00
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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$23,068 - $57,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 160
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $9.91 - $21.88
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $15.50
Overtime $13.55 - $35.31
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $98.63 - $5,129
Profit Sharing $15.00
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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$23,068 - $57,807
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 145

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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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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

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.

Deckhand Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Deckhand?

Deckhand in New Orleans:
"Decking."
Pros: How much money I make, but I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it.
Cons: It's a long drive from where I live and it's gets quite stressful at times.

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Key Stats for Deckhand

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Deckhand Salaries

Experienced
▲35%

Late-Career
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$34,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Deckhand Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲13%

deckhand
▲2%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 31%
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