Yacht job salaries range based on crew experience, yacht crew position, size of the yacht, and type of program (charter vs private). Here is a simplified break down of monthly yacht crew salaries in USD:

80-99 ft. 100-119 ft. 120-139 ft. 140-159 ft. 160-179 ft. 180 ft. +
Captain $6,000 – $12,000 $7,000 – $25,000 $7,000 – $16,640 $7,000 – $22,000 $10,000 – $31,000 $14,000 – $50,000+
First Mate $4,500 – $5,500 $4,500 – $6,000 $4,200 – $7,800 $5,000 – $8,000 $6,500 – $8,000 $7,500 – $9,000+
Bosun  N/A $3,500 – $4,000 $3,500 – $6,000 $3,500 – $6,000 $4,000 – $6,000 $4,000 – $6,000+
Deckhand $2,500 – $4,500 $2,500 – $4,000 $2,500 – $4,000 $2,400 – $4,500 $2,800 – $4,500 $2,500 – $4,500+
Chief Engineer $3,500 – $10,000 $5,500 – $6,600 $5,000 – $9,000 $5,000 – $24,000 $7,000 – $13,500 $7,500 – $16,000+
Second Engineer N/A $4,500 – $6,500 $5,000 $4,000 – $6,500 $4,000 – $7,000 $5,000 – $8,000+
Chief Steward/ess $3,500 – $8,000 $4,000 – $7,000 $4,000 – $8,500 $4,500 – $8,500 $5,000 – $8,500 $6,000 – $10,000+
Steward/ess $3,500 – $6,000 $2,200 – $5,500 $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $3,000 – $6,500 $2,800 – $7,000+
Chef $4,000 – $6,500 $4,500 – $6,300 $4,500 – $12,000 $6,500 – $8,000 $6,500 – $13,500 $7,000 – $12,000+
Sous/Crew Chef N/A $4,000 $3,000-$5,000 $3,500 – $5,500 $4,000 – $6,000 $5,000 – $7,500+
* Please note: These salary guidelines are based on the current yachting market according to polls by Dockwalk’s 2017, The Wage Report.
View the full report in USD here as well as in EUROS.

Actual salaries will always vary depending on a candidate’s specific experience, training, certification, and additional skills – as well as a particular yacht’s needs. This scale can be used as an example and guide to establishing appropriate salaries for experienced crew.

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