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Super Yacht Crew Salary Guide – 2019

Working as a crew member on a Superyacht has some incredible perks, from being on the ocean, seeing new countries to brushing shoulders with the rich and famous, and of course…the amazing salary.

Yacht crew salaries start from €2,500 a month for Deckhands and Stewardesses, rising to €4,000+ for more senior roles.

A Captain can make €12,000+ per month, depending on the size of the Superyacht.

You live onboard the yacht so there are no living expenses.

Meals are prepared by the Chef onboard, and you very rarely need to buy any groceries or toiletries.

Another huge benefit that contributes to the amazing Superyacht salary is the potential for your earnings (typically paid in Euros) to be tax free!

How much do you make working on a yacht?

Position20-30m30-40m40-50m50-60m60m +80m +
Captain €4,000-€6,000 €6,000-€7,000 €7,000-€9,500 €8,500-€10,000 €10,000+ €12,000+
First Officer €3,000-€3,500 €3,000-€4,500 €4,000-€5,000 €5,000 + €6,000+ €8,000+
Bosun €3,000-€4,000 €3,500-€4,500 €4,000-€4,500 €4,500+ €5,000+
Chief Stewardess €2,800-€3,500 €3,000-€4,500 €4,000-€6,000 €5,000-€6,500 €5,500+ €7,000+
Experienced Stewardess €2,800-€3,000 €2,800-€3,000 €2,800-€3,500 €2,800-€3,500 €3,500+ €3,500+
Experienced Deckhand €2,800-€3,500 €2,800-€3,500 €2,800-€3,500 €2,800-€4,000 €3,500+ €4,000+
Junior Stewardess €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €3,000+ €3,000+
Junior Deckhand €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €2,500-€3,000 €3,000+ €3,000+
Chef €3,000-€4,000 €3,500-€4,500 €4,000-€6,000 €5,500-€7,000 €6,000+
€7,000+

The table is intended as a salary guide only and may not reflect your actual Superyacht salary.

Superyacht Crews Salary Guide

There are several factors determining a yacht crew salary. Past experience, qualifications, extra skills (such as Dinghy Instructor, Carpenter, Divemaster to name a few).

Whether the yacht is chartered or privately owned will all contribute to your monthly pay packet.

If you end up working on a charter yacht you may receive tips, whereas on a private boat you will generally get a higher basic income.

Superyacht Captain Salary – €4,000 to €12,000+

A Superyacht Captain is responsible for all activity onboard, crew safety and well being and the experience offered to guests.

The Captain is the main point of contact on the yachts for the owner, whether things are going right or wrong it can be a highly pressured and stressful job.

The salary reflects the responsibility in this high pressure environment

The range in salary normally depends on experience and length of boat.

Generally, larger boats will carry more guests and staff, therefore the Captain will have higher responsibilities, budget and potential issues to deal with.

First Officer Salary – €3,000 to €8,000+

First Officer, also known as Chief Officer or Chief Mate, is always second in command to the captain.

They will assist the Captain in a wide range of duties and tends to be responsible for the safety of the Superyacht and everyone on board.

Furthermore, the role of the First Officer also includes bridge watches and navigation.

Due to needing a firm understanding of working on deck, the First Officer has normally started their career as a Deckhand and progressed from there.

If you are an experienced First Officer and moved onto larger yachts then your next step will to become a Captain.

Superyacht Bosun Salary – €3,000 to €5,000+

Otherwise known as the Senior Deckhand, the Bosun is the ‘line manager’ of all Deckhands on the boat.

The responsibilities of the Bosun is to manage and maintain the exterior of the yacht to the highest order.

This role also includes spending time with the guests, making sure they have fun and are safe on all the toys the Superyacht has, such as Jet Skis and dinghy sailing boats.

Chief Stewardess Salary – €2,800 to €7,000+

The Chief Stewardess is responsible for the interior of the Superyacht.

Attention to detail, elegance and cleanliness is paramount for this role.

Moreover, you will be required to perform duties discreetly, anticipate requests and demands of the guests as well as manage your team of Stewardesses.

A background managing in hospitality will help for this role.

Generally, the Chief Stewardess has progressed from a Stewardess role who fully understands the functions of a working Superyacht.

Superyacht Stewardess Salary – €2,500 to €3,500+

This is an entry level position into working on board a Superyacht.

Being a Superyacht Stewardess is a wide reaching role which covers are whole range of day to day activites and tasks.

You will be host, cleaner, florist, housekeeper and collectively responsible for looking after the guests 24/7.

If you are looking not going to uni, want a career with real progression and a very good salary, becoming a Superyacht Stewardess could be for you.

Superyacht Deckhand Salary – €2,500 to €4,000+

Another entry level role to work on a Superyacht.

A very hands on role, the Deckhand is responsible for the exterior of the yacht and tasks will typically involve cleaning, painting, sanding, varnishing and all general maintenance of the boat.

As with all Superyacht roles, you will be required to at least have your STCW Basic Safety Certificate and completing a Deckhand Course will give you an advantage when looking for your first job on a Superyacht.

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