Deckhand Statistics in the US

The average employee age for deckhands is 34 years. The deckhand workforce reached a whopping 11,844 in 2020!

Among deckhands, we discovered that 10.7% of them are women, while 86.5% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among deckhands is White, which makes up 67.8% of all deckhands. Comparatively, there are 14.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Deckhands are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, deckhands are more likely to find a job in the transportation industry.

From where do we know all information about deckhand demographics? We analyzed 10,856 deckhands resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Deckhand Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as deckhands. Keep reading to find out what the results for deckhands were.

Deckhand Gender Ratio

Among deckhands, 10.7% of them are women compared to 86.5% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 86.5%
  • Female, 10.7%
  • Unknown, 2.8%

Deckhand Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among deckhands is White, which makes up 67.8% of all deckhands. Comparatively, there are 14.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 67.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.8%
  • Black or African American, 11.2%
  • Asian, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 2.3%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Deckhands

The chart below shows that 52.4% of deckhands speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.8% and Russian is the third-most popular at 5.4%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 52.4%
  • French, 8.8%
  • Russian, 5.4%
  • Portuguese, 5.4%
  • German, 5.4%
  • Other, 22.6%

Deckhand Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among deckhands.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Deckhand Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the deckhand position over time.

Male
Female
100%
97%
94%
91%
88%
85%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Deckhand Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of deckhands changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Number Of Years On The Job For Deckhand

By looking over 10,856 deckhands resumes, we figured out that the average deckhand enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Deckhand Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of deckhand employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of deckhands is 20-30 years old, which represents 41% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Deckhands with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, vessel master and barge captain have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Relief Master19%79%
Deckhand86%11%
Deck Mate97%2%
Barge Captain97%3%
Vessel Master98%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Vessel Master
Barge Captain
Deck Mate
Deckhand
Relief Master
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Deckhands with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to deckhands.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Forklift Truck Operator6.56%
Line Haul Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Motor Coach Operator7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Deckhand11.54%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Deckhand?

male-income
Male Income
$39,613
female-income
Female Income
$39,559

Deckhand Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and White women make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$44,524
$43,123
$41,722
$40,321
$38,920
$37,519
$36,118
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Deckhand Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$43,123
Bachelor's Degree$57,548
Some College/ Associate Degree$70,481
Master's Degree$81,621

Deckhand Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$92,634
$81,621
$70,608
$59,596
$48,583
$37,570
$26,557
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Deckhand Heatmaps

Where Do Deckhands Earn The Most?

The map here shows where deckhands earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Deckhands Located?

By looking through more than 10,856 resumes, we found that the most popular places for deckhands are KY, Paducah and LA, New Orleans.

Number of Deckhands

Deckhand Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ deckhands. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most deckhands is the transportation industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire deckhands.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Deckhand Work In

Employees with the deckhand job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most deckhands prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Private

Government

Public

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ deckhands. Those industries include transportation, hospitality and manufacturing.

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Transportation

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Construction

Energy

Deckhand Jobs