Deckhand Salary

A sizeable majority of Deckhands in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $37K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction.

$26,111 - $59,739
$26K
$37K
$60K
MEDIAN: $37,126
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50%
90%

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$9.94 - $22.32
$9
$14
$22
MEDIAN: $13.80
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50%
90%

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$0$59K
Salary $26,111 - $59,739
Bonus $97.87 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $7.50
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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$23,132 - $58,648
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 160
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $9.94 - $22.32
Hourly Tips $0.12 - $15.50
Overtime $13.79 - $38.01
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $97.87 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $7.50
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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$23,132 - $58,648
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 144

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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
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Deckhand Salaries

Experienced
▲34%

Late-Career
▲24%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$35,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Deckhand Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲13%

deckhand
▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 31%
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