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

80-99 ft. 100-119 ft. 120-139 ft. 140-159 ft. 160-179 ft. 180 ft. +
Captain $5,000 – $10,000 $7,500 – $12,000 $8,333 – $14,000 $10,000 – $16,000 $10,833 – $18,000 $12,500 – $30,000+
First Mate $3,000 – $5,000 $3,500 – $6,000 $4,167 – $7,000 $5,000 – $8,000 $5,000 – $10,000 $5,000 – $16,000+
Bosun  N/A $3,500 – $4,000 $3,500 – $6,000 $4,000 – $7,000 $4,000 – $8,000 $4,000 – $9,000+
Deckhand $2,500 – $4,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $6,000+
Chief Engineer $4,000+ $6,500 – $9,000 $5,000 – $10,000 $5,000 – $15,000 $7,000 – $15,000 $9,000 – $16,000+
Second Engineer N/A $5,000 – $6,000 $4,000 – $6,500 $4,167 – $7,000 $4,167 – $10,000 $5,000 – $12,000+
Chief Stew $3,500 – $4,000 $3,333 – $6,000 $4,000 – $7,000 $4,500 – $8,000 $5,000 – $9,000 $5,000 – $9,600+
Second Stew $2,500+ $2,500 – $5,000 $2,500 – $5,000 $3,333 – $6,000 $3,333 – $7,000 $4,000 – $8,400+
Chef $3,333 – $6,000 $4,167 – $7,200 $4,167 – $8,400 $5,000 – $9,000 $5,833 – $12,000 $5,833 – $15,000+
* Please note: These salary guidelines are based on the current yachting market according to polls by Dockwalk’s 2017, The Wage Report.

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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