Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for deckhands in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 10,072 deckhands currently employed in the United States.
  • 9.1% of all deckhands are women, while 90.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed deckhand is 33 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of deckhands is White (54.3%), followed by Black or African American (16.9%), Hispanic or Latino (12.9%) and Unknown (9.4%).
  • Deckhands are most in-demand in Juneau, AK.
  • Bayonne, NJ pays an annual average wage of $84,028, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • New Jersey is the best state for deckhands to live.
  • Deckhands are 78% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Deckhand Statistics By Gender

9.1% of deckhands are women and 90.9% of deckhands are men.

  • Male, 90.9%
  • Female, 9.1%

Deckhands By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male90.9%
Female9.1%

Gender Pay Gap For Deckhand

Women Earn 89¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$64,848
female-income
Female Income
$57,980

Deckhand Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Deckhand Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201094.64%5.36%
201193.21%6.79%
201294.64%5.36%
201390.53%9.47%
201491.73%8.27%
201592.17%7.83%
201688.80%11.20%
201791.79%8.21%
201890.39%9.61%
201990.09%9.91%
202094.23%5.77%
202190.93%9.07%

Deckhand Male to Female Ratio

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

Job TitleMaleFemale
Relief Master17%83%
Deckhand91%9%
Deck Mate98%2%
Vessel Master98%2%
Barge Captain98%2%
Male
Female

Deckhand Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among deckhands is White, which makes up 54.3% of all deckhands. Comparatively, there are 16.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 12.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 54.3%
  • Black or African American, 16.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.9%
  • Unknown, 9.4%
  • Asian, 4.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.7%

Deckhand Race

Deckhand RacePercentages
White54.3%
Black or African American16.9%
Hispanic or Latino12.9%
Unknown9.4%
Asian4.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native1.7%

Deckhand Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among deckhands.

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

Deckhand Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201068.05%14.46%5.17%9.36%
201169.20%14.46%3.94%8.74%
201265.41%14.21%6.39%10.16%
201368.06%12.01%4.72%10.98%
201466.49%13.64%4.98%10.84%
201563.28%14.23%3.68%14.16%
201665.79%13.17%5.54%10.91%
201767.81%12.80%3.68%11.78%
201868.18%10.51%3.24%15.29%
201965.83%12.69%5.86%12.50%
202058.43%18.58%4.61%10.54%
202154.29%16.95%4.78%12.93%

Deckhand Wage Gap By Race

White deckhands have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino deckhands have the lowest average salary at $59,310.
$70,000
$68,000
$66,000
$64,000
$62,000
$60,000
$58,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$66,455
White$69,144
Black or African American$68,325
Asian$61,589
Hispanic or Latino$59,310

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Average Age of a Deckhand

We determined the average age of deckhands based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Deckhand Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown22.5
White3241
Black or African American36
Hispanic or Latino23

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 38% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Deckhand Age

Deckhand YearsPercentages
40+ years30%
30-40 years25%
20-30 years38%

Types of Deckhand Degree Levels

The most common degree for deckhands is high school diploma 43% of deckhands earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 27% and rounding it off is associate degree with 12%.

  • High School Diploma, 43%
  • Bachelors, 27%
  • Associate, 12%
  • Diploma, 11%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Deckhands By Education

Deckhand DegreePercentages
High School Diploma43%
Bachelors27%
Associate12%
Diploma11%
Other Degrees7%

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Deckhand Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where deckhands work. We found most deckhands work for a private company. 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.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Deckhand Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees7%
50 - 100 employees13%
100 - 500 employees30%
500 - 1,000 employees15%
1,000 - 10,000 employees27%
> 10,000 employees9%

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.

Public

Private

Government

Deckhand Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Public17%
Private78%
Government5%

Top Industries Hiring Deckhands

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.

Transportation

Hospitality

Manufacturing

Energy

Retail

Deckhand Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Deckhand Unemployment Rate By Year

YearDeckhand Unemployment Rate
20108.61%
201112.05%
201211.17%
201310.20%
20146.61%
20156.91%
20167.92%
20173.52%
20184.06%
20195.52%
20208.10%
20215.31%

The Average Number of Years That Deckhand Stay in a Job

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Deckhand Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year35%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years11%
8-10 years3%
11+ years4%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Deckhand2.91%-
Parking Attendant3.71%45,127
Boat Captain4.34%2,860
Detail Technician4.91%10,951
Feeder5.16%695
Ship Steward15.05%42,173
Flight Attendant31.52%45,878

Deckhand LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Parking Attendant3.71%45,127
Boat Captain4.34%2,860
Detail Technician4.91%10,951
Feeder5.16%695
Ship Steward15.05%42,173
Flight Attendant31.52%45,878

Foreign Languages Spoken By Deckhands

The most common foreign language among deckhands is Spanish at 52.4%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 8.8% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 5.4%.

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

Deckhand Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish52.4%
French8.8%
Portuguese5.4%
German5.4%
Russian5.4%
Other22.6%

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Where Do Deckhands Earn The Most?

Deckhands earn the most in New Jersey, where the average deckhand salary is $81,973. 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

Which State Has The Most Deckhands?

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

Number of Deckhands

Number Of Deckhand Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1Florida27$41,091
2Washington21$30,782
3Texas15$49,286
4New York12$81,158
5Illinois10$60,328
6Missouri9$34,193
7New Jersey7$81,973
8Indiana7$48,292
9Alabama7$43,415
10Kentucky6$48,668
11Louisiana6$46,545
12Tennessee5$40,198
13Massachusetts4$71,583
14Michigan4$55,057
15Arizona4$53,044
16California4$48,291
17Nevada3$57,062
18Pennsylvania3$63,508
19Ohio3$59,962
20Virginia3$63,907
21Alaska3$47,585
22Hawaii3$45,654
23Minnesota3$45,395
24Mississippi3$38,800
25Iowa2$49,857
26North Carolina2$53,442
27South Carolina2$48,402
28Wisconsin2$44,814
29Georgia2$40,789
30Oregon2$28,548
31Colorado2$28,788
32Maine1$48,866
33Arkansas1$38,235
34Delaware0$79,866
35Maryland0$78,941
36Connecticut0$77,771
37Rhode Island0$74,988
38District of Columbia0$78,596
39New Hampshire0$66,991
40Vermont0$60,543
41West Virginia0$52,466
42New Mexico0$47,260
43Kansas0$45,239
44South Dakota0$37,817
45North Dakota0$35,014
46Oklahoma0$37,316
47Montana0$33,016
48Wyoming0$31,200
49Nebraska0$31,471
50Idaho0$29,275
51Utah0$27,757

Deckhand Demographics FAQs

How Many Deckhand Are There In The Us?

There are over 10,072 Deckhands in the United States.

What Percentage Of Deckhands Are Black?

16.9% of Deckhands are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Deckhands?

Most a are White, with 54.3% of Deckhands belonging to this ethnicity. 16.9% of Deckhands are Black or African American, 12.9% of Deckhands are Hispanic or Latino, 9.4% of Deckhands are Unknown, 4.8% of Deckhands are Asian, and 1.7% of Deckhands are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Deckhand Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Deckhand jobs are male - dominated. 90% of Deckhands are male, and 9% are female, so there are more male Deckhands than female Deckhands in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Deckhand?

The average Deckhand is 33 years old. 30% of Deckhands are 40+ years old or older, 25% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 38% are between 20-30 years old

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