The average hourly pay for a Deckhand is $13.91.
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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. 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 …Read more
- 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.
The top respondents for the job title Deckhand are from the companies Ingram Barge Company, Marquette Transportation and Marquette Transportation. Reported salaries are highest at Ingram Barge Company where the average pay is $12.93. Marquette Transportation pays the lowest at around $11.25.
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Popular Skills for Deckhand
Avg. Hourly Rate
Skills in Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Safety Compliance and Cleaning.
Pay by Experience Level for Deckhand
An entry-level Deckhand with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.67 based on 157 salaries. An early career Deckhand with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $13.74 based on 255 salaries. A mid-career Deckhand with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.18 based on 86 salaries. An experienced Deckhand with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.00 based on 40 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Deckhand in their job title in Baton Rouge, Louisiana earn an average of 29.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (11.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New Orleans, Louisiana (18.0% less), Houma, Louisiana (11.9% less) and St. Louis, Missouri (9.4% less).
Years of Experience
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