Alaskan crab fisherman do not receive a set wage, but rather share in the net profits that the harvest produces. Boat skippers typically receive 50 percent of the profits, and junior crew members receive 1.5 to 5 percent of the net profits typically.
As of 2012, many Alaskan crab fishing boats generated over $500,000 for their harvest, meaning that some boat captains earned more than $200,000 for the season and deckhands could expect to earn between $3,000 and $10,000 for the season. However, according to surveying by the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, crewmen self-report incomes around $100,000 for the season. The Alaska Fishing Employment Center says that crewmen can make between $20,000 to $50,000 per season. More experienced deckhands earn more than new crewmen. The Alaskan crab season lasts approximately three months.