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.
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.
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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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