Crab Fisherman

Work 18-hour days hauling in tons of crab from the Alaskan sea.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Crab Fishermen do?

A Crab Fisherman typically works for only about a month out of the year, hauling in crab, most often off the Alaskan coast. A Crab Fisherman’s work is difficult and the hours are long, but if a boat has a big haul that season, the pay can be truly great. To be a Crab Fisherman, you should love the outdoors, and be comfortable working in close quarters with other Fishermen. And you should also have another job that allows you to take a significant amount of time off each year for this expedition.

During those few short weeks, you work for more than 18 hours a day. You keep the boat as clean and orderly as possible, make the bait for the crabs, secure the crab pots and other equipment, and of course, haul in and sort the crabs. It’s a dirty and extremely treacherous job. You face the daily threat of storms, giant waves, and a slippery deck, all of which can send you overboard.

You’ll also be asked to come prepared with your own gear. The cost of gasoline for the boat as well as food and other expenses may be taken out of your check too. So read the fine print before signing your contract.

It’s a well-known fact that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in existence (if you didn’t know this, tune in to an episode of TV’s Deadliest Catch for proof). So if you think you have what it takes—an ability to withstand the elements and a love of the sea—then you should consider this position. Just know what you’re signing up for.


Should I be a Crab Fisherman?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Crab Fisher, Fisher, Crab

    How to become a Crab Fisherman

    Most Crab Fishermen have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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