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Working As a Fisherman

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Fisherman does

  • Ensured all regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard were met and certified.
  • Stacked blocks of frozen fish and bait in and out of freezer hold.
  • Work 16 hour days in extreme weather conditions, learned well communication skill and team work
  • Return undesirable or illegal catches to the water.
  • Fish driver throw nets catch fish run trout lines for Wal-Mart
  • Repair or replace defective equipment parts, using hand tools and power tools, and reassemble equipment.
  • Remove catches from fishing equipment and ensures compliance with legal size.
  • Process fish on specified boat on Bering Sea
  • Signaled other workers to move, hoist, and position loads.
  • Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.
  • Sorted product as it came on to the boat.
  • Direct fishing operations, and supervise fishing crew members.
  • Operated and maintained ship's cranes.
  • Worked 16 1/2 hour shifts 7 days a week .
  • Pinpointed unsafe practices; trained workers on OSHA approved equipment, practices and presented and discussed hazardous materials used on theJobsites.
  • Butcher bait, bait traps, clean, cook, was decks 7/18 hour days
  • Performed daily maintenance onboard ship including cleaning and repairs.
  • Provided great customer service in a fast paced work environment.
  • Performed daily tasks in extreme Alaskan environment.
  • Maintained all safety standards and implicated them onto others.

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Fisherman Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Fisherman 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Fisherman
Cashier 10.7%
Owner 6.4%
Cook 6.4%
Supervisor 6.0%
Bartender 5.2%
Processor 4.7%
Technician 4.7%
Painter 4.7%
Deckhand 4.3%
Volunteer 4.3%
Carpenter 3.4%
Top Careers After Fisherman
Cashier 8.1%
Server 5.5%
Painter 5.5%
Owner 5.1%
Driver 5.1%
Carpenter 5.1%
Manager 5.1%
Bartender 5.1%
Volunteer 4.2%
Line Cook 4.2%
Supervisor 4.2%
Internship 4.2%
Technician 4.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$140,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Omega Protein
Highest Paying City
Barnegat Light, NJ
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Fisherman make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Fisherman in the United States is $64,751 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $140,000.

Real Fisherman Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Purse Seine Fisherman Westbank Fishing LLC Empire, LA Apr 07, 2016 $38,443
Fisherman Dwayne Eddie Simmons Fishing Creek, MD Apr 25, 2016 $38,443
Fisherman Irwin Inc. Marathon, FL Jul 25, 2016 $38,443
Fisherman SRS, Inc. Apr 13, 2011 $37,730
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. LA Apr 07, 2014 $37,023
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. MS Apr 07, 2014 $37,023
Fisherman Lewis Boys LLC LA May 14, 2014 $37,023
Purse Seine Fishermen Daybrook Fisheries, Inc. LA Apr 07, 2014 $37,023
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. Moss Point, MS Apr 01, 2015 $36,961
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. Abbeville, LA Apr 01, 2015 $36,961
Fisherman Dwayne Eddie Simmons Fishing Creek, MD Apr 01, 2015 $36,961
Purse Seine Fisherman Daybrook Fisheries, Inc. Empire, LA Apr 07, 2015 $36,961
Fisherman Thirty Fathom Fish Corp. Barnegat Light, NJ Jan 07, 2010 $34,811
Fisherman Thirty Fathom Fish Corp. Barnegat Light, NJ Jan 15, 2010 $34,811
Lead Carp Fisherman Moon River Foods, Inc. Indianola, MS Nov 01, 2016 $33,079
Fisherman Omega Protein LA Apr 01, 2013 $30,324
Fisherman Omega Protein MS Apr 01, 2013 $30,324
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. LA May 16, 2013 $30,324
Fisherman Omega Protein, Inc. MS May 16, 2013 $30,324
Fishermen Omega Protein LA Apr 01, 2013 $30,324

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Top 10 Best States for Fishermen

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. New Jersey
  3. New York
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Alaska
  6. Connecticut
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Delaware
  9. New Hampshire
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Fisherman Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

10.6%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

9.1%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.9%

Chinese

11.8%

Arabic

11.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Vietnamese

5.9%

Samoan

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%
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Fisherman Education

Schools

Central Washington University

9.4%

Oregon State University

7.5%

Pierce College at Puyallup

7.5%

University of Washington

5.7%

Radford University

5.7%

Edmonds Community College

5.7%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.7%

North Seattle Community College

5.7%

University of Rhode Island

5.7%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Spokane Community College

3.8%

Washington State University

3.8%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.8%

Miami Dade College

3.8%

Clover Park Technical College

3.8%

Walla Walla University

3.8%

Walla Walla Community College

3.8%

Husson University

3.8%

Divers Institute of Technology

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%
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Majors

Business

16.9%

Biology

9.4%

Computer Science

7.5%

Precision Metal Working

6.3%

General Studies

6.3%

Management

5.0%

English

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Accounting

4.4%

Culinary Arts

3.8%

Communication

3.8%

Nursing

3.1%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Economics

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Fire Science And Protection

2.5%

Automotive Technology

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

42.1%

Bachelors

32.5%

Associate

9.9%

Certificate

8.7%

Masters

2.8%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.3%
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