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Yacht Crew Salaries: Complete Guide to What Yacht Crew Earn

It’s no secret that the impressive yacht crew salaries attract most people into the exclusive yachting world.

Junior deckhands or stewardesses can earn starting salaries of $3000 per month. With a few years of experience and some courses to back you up, this amount moves up towards $4000-$4500 per month!

In order to compile this superyacht crew salary guideline, I have taken 10 of the top yachting platforms and used all of their data, combined with my personal experience, to reach an average salary expectation for each position.

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Yacht Captain Salary

  • 20m-30m: $4000-$7500
  • 30m-40m: $5500-$9500
  • 40m-50m: $8000-$15000
  • 50m-70m: $13000-$19000
  • 70m+: $16500+

Requirements of a Yacht Captain

  • Years of experience needed: 3-5 years of experience as Chief Officer/Mate and more than 5 years of experience as a Captain for larger yachts
  • Minimum level of Qualification: 200ton licence which allows you to drive vessels below 200tons

The Captain has the highest level of responsibility onboard the yacht and hence they earn the most out of all the yacht crew salaries.

Captains are accountable for the overall safety of the yacht, crew members and guests.

They also handle daily operations of the yacht, guests, and owner liaison. They deal with management companies, port control, budgets, human resources, and many more tasks and logistics that make the job demanding and stressful.

On top of this, Captains are required to hold high levels of certifications depending on the size of the yacht they are driving.

Yacht Captain salaries can sky rocket with higher levels of qualifications.

If you are looking to become a Yacht Captain one day I recommend looking into the courses required so you can get started with licenses and sea time. It takes time to get there, but when you do it will be worth it.

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Chief Officer Yacht Salary

  • 30m-40m: $4000-$6000
  • 40m-50m: $4500-$7500
  • 50m-70m: $5500-$9000
  • 70m+: $8000+

Requirements of a Chief Officer

  • Years of experience needed: 3-5 Years
  • Minimum level of qualification: Officer of the Watch

The Chief Officer is second in command to the Captain and is responsible for carrying out the Captain’s standing orders.

On smaller yachts, the Chief Officer is referred to as the Mate.

The Chief Officer is responsible for carrying out the safety duties onboard and assisting in the bridge with paperwork and navigational planning.

The Chief Officer is also responsible for leading and managing their deck team, ensuring crew are following their duties as well as managing the water sports and guest activities.

The salary of a Chief Officer depends heavily on the license held.

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Bosun Yacht Salary

  • Years of experience needed: 2-3 years
  • Minimum level of qualification: Yacht Master Offshore
  • A yacht Bosun salary can vary between $4000 and $6000.

Responsibilities of a Bosun

The Bosun is essentially the Lead Deckhand onboard. A lead deckhand salary on a larger vessel will be similar to that of a bosun salary on a smaller vessel.

This is an opportunity to step up from being a deckhand and gain some experience in a leadership role. This position is in place for larger yachts so that when the Officer is busy with bridge duties, someone is in charge on deck.

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Yacht Deckhand Salary

Years of experience needed: 0

  • Minimum level of qualification: None needed, however Power Boat Level 2 and Yacht Master offshore will put you at a great advantage
  • Entry-level yacht crew salaries start at $3000 and can go as high as $4000/$4500.

Responsibilities of a Deckhand

A Deckhand is an entry-level role on a yacht.

You need to spend a few years (or less) as a Deckhand in order to learn and gain experience so that you can step up in the ranks and obtain your licenses.

This role will be very hands-on in maintaining the exterior of the yacht. Duties will include cleaning, polishing, varnishing, sanding, caulking, and any other maintenance work required.

Chief Steward / Chief Stewardess Salary

  • 30m-40m :$4500-$5500
  • 40m-50m :$5000-$7000
  • 50m-70m- $5500-$8000
  • 70m+: $7500+

Responsibilities of a Chief Stewardess/Steward

  • Years of experience needed: 3-5 years
  • Minimum level of qualification: Depending on the size of the vessel you may need courses such as Food Hygiene and Safety, Silver Service, WSET, or a Purser course

The Chief Stewardess or Steward is responsible for all the interior operations of the yacht .

They are responsible for managing the interior team, and ensuring the interior of the yacht is maintained to the highest standards. Besides cleaning and laundry schedules , this also includes provisioning for crew and guests, budgeting, accounting, and training of junior crew.

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Steward or Stewardess Yacht Salary

  • Minimum level of qualification: Depending on the size of the vessel you may need courses such as Food Hygiene and Safety and Silver Service
  • Salaries start at $3000 and go up to $6000

Responsibilities of a Steward or Stewardess

A Stewardess/Steward is an entry-level position working within the interior of the yacht.

There are rankings within the interior (2nd, 3rd, 4th Steward/Stewardesses). As you spend more time in the industry, you will be promoted to higher ranks, and with that will come a better salary and more responsibility.

This role covers a range of tasks, including but not limited to housekeeping, laundry, bartending, table scaping, floral arrangements, serving, and hosting guests.

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Engineer Yacht Salary

  • 20m-30m: $4000-$5000
  • 30m-40m: $4500-$6500
  • 40m-50m: $6000-$8000
  • 50m-70m: $7500-$11000
  • 70m+: $9000+

Requirements of an Engineer

  • Years of experience needed: 2-4 years in an engineering role onboard as Deck/Engineer or relevant land-based experience
  • Minimum level of qualification: AEC

The Engineer onboard is responsible for all mechanical functioning and maintenance of the vessel. This is a very technical role that can pay well as you gain experience and obtain your licensing.

Yacht Chef Salary

  • 20m-30m: $4000 – $5000
  • 40m-50m: $5500 – $75000
  • 50m-70m: $6500-$9500

Requirements of a Yacht Chef

  • Years of experience needed: 3-5 years depending on previous experience
  • Minimum level of qualification: Food Hygiene and Safety Level 2

The Chef is responsible for feeding the crew 2 to 3 healthy and sustainable meals a day. They are of course required to prepare meals for guests when onboard to the highest of standards.

In their day-to-day tasks, they will be responsible for their own provisioning of the galley, maintaining stocks, cleanliness, and hygiene of the galley.

The salary of the Yacht Chef varies depending on qualifications and experience.

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Yacht Crew Salaries for Private vs Charter Yachts

There are two types of super yachts that require crew: Private and Charter yachts. The salaries for yacht crew differ slightly between the two.

Private Yacht

A private boat is owned by a single person or family who uses the yacht for their own purposes. They don’t charter it out and you can expect to have the same guests onboard for the duration of your contract.

The benefit of these programs is that you get to know your guests well so you may find it easier to manage their wants and needs.

You may also benefit from traveling to off-the-beaten-track locations as I have!

For yacht crew working on these private boats, you will usually not receive charter tips.

Charter Yacht

A charter boat is one that gets chartered out by guests. This operates as a business and also means you will have different guests for every trip. 

If you work on a charter boat you can expect to receive charter tips at the end of each charter. These are usually 10%-20% of the charter fee!

Considering these tips can be anywhere from $2000-$5000 per week depending on the size of the yacht, charter boats offer great earning potential and can skyrocket your salary as a yachtie.

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Working On Yachts

There are currently over 15,000 yachts in the world large enough to require professional, qualified yacht crew and as a result this industry is growing rapidly each year.

A career in yachting can be rewarding, exciting and a wonderful opportunity to travel the world and explore new horizons!

Wherever there is water, you have the potential to go. Traditionally the yachting industry in the Mediterranean runs from April until September and from November to April in the States & Caribbean. Having said that, the possibilities are endless with many yachts circumnavigating the world.

Yachting is an eye opening, ultimately fun industry that demands hard work, perfection and attention to detail. We work with yacht crew every day and have a deep insight into what new crew should do to make the most of their career. Here are our top ten tips for starting out.


You cannot work on board a luxury yacht without getting your basic qualifications first. Bluewater offers a full range of crew training courses for those just starting in the industry:

  • STCW 95 Basic Training (Europe) 5 Day Course
  • Powerboat Level II 2 Day Course
  • Interior Introduction 3 Day Course
  • AEC 1 5 Day Course

We have a sample copy and lots of relevant advice on creating your first yachting CV within our 'Your CV' section.

Certain times of year are more favourable for new crew looking to join the industry. If you are going to Antibes or Palma, we advise end of March/April. Fort Lauderdale is different in that it is sunny most of the year, however there is a peak recruitment season around November each year.

In every yachting hub you will find english speaking bars and cafes filled with yacht crew. Make sure you go and explore to build your network within yachting. Although global, it is a small industry so make sure to present yourself professionally.

Finding your first position in yachting is the hardest. Make sure you are dock walking, looking for day work opportunities and handing out your CV. You may find that one day's work leads to a permanent role or other job interviews.

Read websites, follow yachting news, learn from other crew who were in your 'deck shoes' a few years ago. Good examples of yachting websites & magazines are:

  • Bluewater
  • Dockwalk
  • The Crew Report
  • The Triton

Apply for jobs, manage your course bookings and sign up for events.

You can buy pay as you go SIM cards either in newsagents or specialised telephone shops around the Mediterranean. This will help to save you money when job hunting!

Captains check Facebook and Twitter pages before interviews. Make sure any public images of you are professional and will not reduce your chances of employment. Once employed be sure to avoid any posts about your yachts, current location and inappropriate images.

A smart, professional appearance will win over shorts and a beach top.

The most important aspect when you are looking for work is to make sure your CV is up to date, well written and includes any relevant experience that you might have.

It is best to emphasize any hospitality experience or customer service skills you may have had, such as waitressing, hostessing, silver service, bartending, cooking, nanny/au-pairing, babysitting, flower arranging, cleaning and/or laundry experience.

Should you wish to join the engineering department, make sure you include all mechanical experience and qualifications, including all work done in refrigeration, air conditioning, work with engines, and any electrical work, electronics or AV/IT.

The most important aspect to include is any recreational sailing experience you may have had. If you are also qualified or experienced in woodwork or carpentry, have painting, polishing, varnishing know-how, then that is also great. In addition any diving, sailing, fishing, any water sports background are all fantastic skills that are easily transferable.

We deal with a great multitude of chef positions, ranging from crew chef to head chef. Most positions will require some form of culinary training, however some crew succeed in entering this department through the stew/cook route on a smaller yacht.

When filling in your online profile with us, make sure to only select positions that you are qualified to do onboard. Selecting more than 3-4 positions on your profile can confuse potential employers and effect our search results.


Your CV should be no more than two sides of A4, including your photograph (in colour, face on, without sunglasses).

Your CV should be in a word format to ensure it can be opened easily by all employers.

List all recent contact information, references and work history.

Including a personal statement, along with a clear objective can help distinguish you from other candidates and helps prospective employers grasp your long term goals.

Don't give employers an excuse to dismiss your CV, review and spell check it!

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Make sure you have a printed copy of your CV with you and always arrive early and dressed in a smart way. Research the yacht, make yourself prepared & don't be afraid to ask questions.

The key to getting your first job is to network! Always carry a copy of your CV with you.

Remember the industry is a tight, professional network therefore it is crucial to communicate with others, walk the docks, distribute your CV and register with crew agencies. Bluewater is one of the longest-established crew agents - we have been finding people yacht jobs since 1991!

Keep the agencies up to date! Always make sure your profile has the correct location and contact numbers for you so we can get hold of you when we have the perfect role for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Yacht Crew Salaries

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Yacht crew salaries – a topic of intrigue for many. If you’re asking yourself how much these professionals make, this guide is for you. Here, you’ll find all you need to know about yacht crew salaries.

Factors like the size and type of the yacht, its location and cruising itinerary, all influence pay rates. Moreover, experience and qualifications of the crew matter too when it comes to salaries.

In addition to the usual suspects, there are other unique details to yacht crew salaries. For example, some yachts reward their crew for excellent service or guest feedback. So hard work can bring you more than just a base salary.

Let me share a true story. Sarah is a highly experienced chef aboard a luxury superyacht in the Mediterranean. With her culinary skills and extensive training, Sarah earns a salary that reflects her expertise and talent.

Yacht crew salaries are a complex mix of vessel type, location, qualifications, and performance-based rewards. By exploring this guide, you’ll gain valuable insights into this fascinating aspect of the yachting industry. Let’s get started!

Understanding the yacht crew salary structure

Salary structure for yacht crew is key to understand when wanting a career in the yachting industry. See the following breakdown of positions and their corresponding average monthly salaries:

Aside from these positions, experience, qualifications and yacht size can affect salaries. Gratuities can boost earnings too.

It’s important to be aware of trends when it comes to salary structure. Demand for experienced crew has been growing due to luxury yacht vacations. Salaries have also been rising.

It’s essential to know the yacht crew salary structure if you want to pursue a career in the yachting industry. Knowing average salaries and keeping up with trends will help you make smart career decisions.

Factors that influence yacht crew salaries

Various factors impact yacht crew salaries, like experience, job position, and yacht size/type . Experience enhances earning potential, while captains/engineers earn more than deckhands/stewards. Larger yachts often offer higher wages, and yacht type impacts specialized skills compensation. Certifications, language proficiency, and additional skills also factor in. According to SuperYachtTimes, certain destinations offer more competitive remuneration packages due to market demands and living costs variations. When considering a career in this field, take these factors into account to shape your earning potential.

How to negotiate yacht crew salaries

Here’s a guide to help you negotiate yacht crew salaries and get the best pay package:

  • Do Research : Learn the industry standards for yacht crew salaries. Look into job roles, experience levels, and vessel types to set a benchmark.
  • Assess Yourself: See how your skills, qualifications, and experience compare to other crew. Show any special strengths or certifications that could get you a higher salary.
  • Get Ready to Negotiate: Prepare evidence for your desired salary range. Be ready to show your successes, awards, and extra value.
  • Pick the Right Time: Time is key when negotiating salaries. Look for moments when your employer is okay with it, like during reviews or contract renewals.
  • Show Your Case: During talks, explain why your salary should be higher, but stay professional and respectful. Highlight how you’ve helped the team or operations.
  • Look at Non-Financial Benefits: If a raise isn’t possible now, try longer vacations, better housing, or professional development to boost your package.

Remember, negotiation is an art and needs both parties’ needs and expectations. By following these steps and customizing them to you, you’ll ace salary talks with confidence.

Pro Tip: Stay open to compromise, but aim higher than your target salary range to have some room to move without undervaluing yourself.

Expected salary ranges for different yacht crew positions

Salaries for yacht crew members vary greatly , depending on their position and experience. Here’s a look at the expected salary range for different roles in the yacht industry:

Note: These figures are estimates, and can change due to yacht size/type, location, and individual skills/certs.

To increase earning potential, get specialized training/certs related to your role. Qualifications make you more appealing to employers. Network within the industry. Go to events and join pro orgs – meeting people who can give valuable connections. Building relationships with captains/brokers can get you better jobs with higher salaries.

Maintain professionalism and dedication at work. Yacht owners value crew members who show reliability and hard work. Going above and beyond can help you stand out when it’s time for promotions/salary negotiations.

By following these tips and investing in your skills/network, you can make the most of the yacht industry.

Tips for career advancement and higher salaries in the yacht industry

Seek out chances to advance your career, such as going to industry conferences or getting certifications. Make connections with important members of the yacht industry, both on and offline. Doing this can give you access to job openings and mentors. Show off your skills through a resume and cover letter when applying for jobs. Showcase experiences and accomplishments that will make you attractive to employers. Be open to taking on different jobs or tasks to get varied experience and make yourself more marketable.

In addition, stay informed about current industry trends. Find out about new tech, regulations, and best practices. This way, you’ll be seen as an invaluable asset to the yacht industry.

As an example, Sarah started as an entry-level stewardess but quickly rose through the ranks. She was recognized by her co-workers and bosses. In a few years, Sarah became chief stewardess on a top yacht. She was successful due to her excellent skills and adaptability. Now, Sarah earns higher salaries and has more opportunities for career advancement.

By following these tips, as well as being determined and hardworking, you can enhance your career prospects in the yacht industry and make more money.

Analysis of yacht crew salaries shows insights, both for inexperienced and experienced crew members. High demand for yachting professionals has created competitive compensation packages, plus yearly increments and benefits like accommodation, travel allowance, and food. Salary structures vary based on factors like experience level, yacht size/type, job role, and location.

It is vital to look at certifications and specialized skills for understanding crew members’ earning potential. Get additional qualifications like STCW certificates or culinary training to increase the chances of getting higher-paying jobs. Positions like diving instructors or onboard beauty therapists come with attractive remuneration packages.

To not miss out on great opportunities, stay up to date with industry trends. Network with fellow professionals through conferences or online platforms. By staying connected and informed, you can maximize your earning potential .

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 1: What factors determine yacht crew salaries?

Answer: Yacht crew salaries are determined by various factors such as experience, position, size and type of yacht, level of qualification, location, and the owner’s budget.

FAQ 2: What are the typical positions and salary ranges in the yacht industry?

Answer: Typical positions in the yacht industry include captain, first mate, chef, stewardess, and deckhand. Salaries can vary significantly, with captains earning $80,000 to over $200,000 per year, while deckhands may earn $30,000 to $50,000 per year, depending on experience and other factors.

FAQ 3: Are there any additional factors that can affect yacht crew salaries?

Answer: Yes, additional factors can include bonuses, tips, benefits, overtime pay, and the length of the working season. These factors can significantly impact the overall salary package for yacht crew members.

FAQ 4: Are there opportunities for career advancement and salary growth in the yacht industry?

Answer: Absolutely! Yacht crew members can advance their careers and increase their salaries by gaining additional qualifications and experience. Progressing to higher positions such as chief stewardess or captain can lead to higher income and better job prospects.

FAQ 5: Do yacht crew members receive any additional benefits besides their salaries?

Answer: Yes, besides their salaries, yacht crew members often receive additional benefits such as free accommodation and meals onboard, health insurance, retirement plans, transportation allowance, and the opportunity to travel to exotic locations.

FAQ 6: How can I find accurate and up-to-date information about yacht crew salaries?

Answer: It is recommended to consult reliable sources such as industry publications, yacht crew agencies, and professional associations specializing in the yacht industry. They can provide accurate and up-to-date information on yacht crew salaries.

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Yacht Crew Salaries: The Current State

Posted October 12, 2023 by Ashleigh King

The topic of salaries in the yachting industry has gained attention this year, with a growing sense of awareness and discussion. Louisa had the opportunity to speak with several dedicated crew members who have shared their thoughts and concerns about this matter. With the ever-changing economic landscape, it’s crucial to assess whether salaries for yacht crew have adapted to these shifts in a positive direction.

A comprehensive analysis of Dockwalk’s salary surveys over the past several years reveals a rather consistent pattern spanning a 15-year period. Specifically, when comparing salaries in euros for a 50-meter yacht between 2008 and 2023, certain trends emerge. In the case of Captains, the industry average in 2008 ranged from 7,000 to 10,000 euros per month, while this year, it has extended from 7,000 to 15,000 euros per month. Similarly, Chief Engineers in 2008 were earning an average of 5,000 to 7,000 euros per month, whereas in 2023, their earnings range from 5,000 to 10,000 euros per month. It is noteworthy that while the lower-end salaries have remained relatively consistent, the upper-end figures have witnessed a significant increase, aligning more closely with industry expectations.

While the top-end salaries can be attributed to experience and longevity, it remains pertinent to question why the baseline salaries have remained at their current level. This inquiry may stem from the various factors related to job availability and individual crew preferences. It’s possible that, after a period of uncertainty, many crew members are now placing a higher value on the stability of full-time positions over seeking higher pay.

Engaging with numerous crew members who express diverse expectations and requirements underscores the challenge of establishing industry standards, especially considering the growing prevalence of rotational contracts. A notable example illustrates this complexity: I recently met a Captain who was perplexed by the stark disparity in his salary compared to that of a colleague. However, one crucial aspect he overlooked was that his counterpart had been with the same owner for four additional years, underscoring the significance of longevity in this profession.

Furthermore, entry-level crew members are facing their own set of challenges. Green crew are currently being offered a monthly compensation of 2,000 euros, which is nearly the same from 15 years ago when it ranged from 2,000 to 2,500 euros.

While the average monthly compensation for green crew hasn’t seen substantial growth over the past 15 years, it’s essential to acknowledge the rising costs associated with crew housing, food, and travel. In this light, exploring creative solutions to improve the financial well-being of entry-level crew members is a valuable consideration.

While the topic of salary stagnation in the yachting industry has raised concerns, there is also a silver lining. Salaries for experienced crew members have been on an upward trajectory, and the industry is evolving to accommodate different needs and preferences. By focusing on the positive aspects of these changes, we can look forward to a brighter future for all members of the yacht crew community.

Download our Crew Salary Guideline PDFs in Dollars and Euros for more helpful information.

With our presence established in the key yachting hubs worldwide, we stand ready to address all your crew-related requirements. Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated N&J Crew team members today!

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Yacht Crew Salary Guide

There are lots of advantages to working on board a superyacht. You live on board, so you don’t need to travel to work. All your living expenses are paid for by the boat. Your meals are prepared for you. You also get to travel the world, seeing the world’s most gorgeous locations and meeting people from different cultures. Best of all, you get paid for doing so—and in many cases your salary is tax-free.

But how much do yacht crew actually earn? That depends on a quite a few things, some of which you can control, others you can’t—or at least not in the short term.

Qualifications and experience are obviously important. Your chances of attracting more pay will be higher the more years you have under your belt.

You may also have a relevant skill from your life outside of yachting that could make you attractive to a yacht, and therefore make it more appealing to pay you more. For instance, if you’re a divemaster, personal trainer or already have training in hospitality, you are likely to be able to command a higher salary.

Here is an overview of what you can expect to earn in various positions on board a superyacht:

Yacht Crew Salary Guide

Yacht crew salary guide

The salaries listed here are indications based on our experience of the superyacht industry. They may not reflect your actual salary.

These salary guidelines are an indication of what you can expect to be paid by the boat. However, the more important issue is how much you will be paid by yourself. And by that, we mean how much will you ring fence at the beginning of each month, so you don’t end up spending every penny of your salary? In other words, how much will you save every month, so that at the end of your career in yachting you’ll have something to show for your hard work?

The easy thing to do is to spend the lot. But that would be an incredible shame. Working in yachting presents you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build the financial freedom needed to live your ideal dream life after yachting. We’ve written about this unique opportunity here:  The Unique Financial Opportunity of Superyacht Crew . Short version: you are paid well (very well at mid and senior levels) and your obligatory monthly outgoings are minimal. That puts you in a terrific position to invest and save enough money to leave yachting financially independent.

That sounds great, doesn’t it? Even more so when we tell you that financial freedom is a simple thing to achieve. However, ‘simple’ isn’t the same as ‘easy’. In fact, many simple things in life are actually very hard indeed. Running a marathon is simple. All you have to do is run 42.2km. But running 42.2km isn’t easy. It takes dedication and preparation beforehand, along with some pain and a lot of discipline. The same can be said of becoming financially independent. But, much like the kudos and euphoria that comes from completing a marathon, the rewards for achieving financial independence are high. It’s hard to imagine anything being more rewarding than achieving the freedom to do whatever you want for the rest of your life.

The thing is, you’ve already shown the qualities needed. You’ve already proved you have what it takes. After all, you’re the kind of person who has the courage and tenacity to leave their home country and build a new life halfway across the world. Not only that, you work on board a superyacht. And we all know it isn’t an easy environment to work in. It’s mentally and physically tough—particularly during the busy seasons.

Don’t run the money marathon alone

However, just like you don’t have to train for a marathon all by yourself, you don’t have to achieve financial freedom on your own. You can get yourself a coach, who will work on a plan to help you achieve our goal. Someone who will also breakdown the work you’ll need to do to get you to your finish line. Someone who believes in you and who will coax and encourage when the going gets tough (which it will).

If you’re ready to start the work to achieve financial freedom for yourself, Yachting Financial Solutions can offer you over 25 years of experience of helping superyacht crew like you build the foundations for their ideal dream lives after yachting. We’re more than financial planners, we’re financial life coaches. Our life goal is to help you achieve your life goal.

Remember, this is only the beginning for you. You’re at the start of your yachting career—really only at the start of your life—and the possibilities for you in the industry are tremendous. If you decide to make yachting your career, with further qualifications and an eager attitude, you will progress and continue to command a higher and higher salary.

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YPI CREW, a leading yacht crew recruitment company, has released its 2023 Yacht Crew Salaries Report following a positive and fast-paced year in yacht crew placement. The report outlines trends in the industry and emphasizes the importance of flexibility in attracting top talent.

2022 marked a significant shift in the yachting industry, as the effects of Covid-19 began to wane. One key trend that emerged was the extension of scheduled or rotational leave to positions outside of the engine room and the bridge. Crew members are increasingly focused on achieving a harmonious work-life balance, leading yachts to adapt their leave packages to remain competitive. Flexibility with regards to leave has become a key factor for all departments and allows for a larger pool of candidates who are fully committed to the yacht, its programme and owner.

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Both the Deck/Bosun's and the Interior/Galley Departments have witnessed a steady trend towards increased leave packages. Senior Stews, for example, now seek a minimum of 90 days leave, and 95% of Chief Stews look for full rotation. Stew Head of Departments have come to realize the benefits of scheduled or rotational leave, a perk that was once reserved for Engineers or Officer/Captains Departments. Additionally, and in order to compete with the larger yachts, an important number of yachts under 70metres are now also considering increased leave packages to secure top crew. It's important to note that the salaries listed in the report are median range salaries and can vary based on factors such as job-specific skills, professional qualifications, and experience.

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To accompany the launch of our new Jobs Board, below is a brief description of the role of each crewmember, with average salaries listed. 

Please be aware that both roles and salaries vary from boat to boat and this should not be considered an official job guide.


A captain is legally in charge of their vessel. They are responsible for the safety of the passengers, the crew, the environment on board and the vessel. They are also in charge of personnel management, navigation, rules and regulations compliance and accounting. They have to be licensed depending on their nationality and the registration, weight and program of the vessel.

A captain must have considerable maritime experience and training, excellent navigational skills, superior leadership, communication, management and diplomacy skills.  A captain of a superyacht must have excellent nautical knowledge, maintenance, engineering and technical practice, as well as experience with accounting, IT and administrative paperwork. A captain must have a calm and charismatic personality and be highly skilled at dealing with people, both crew and owners/guests.

Average salary (per month):

< 60ft (18m) à 2,200€ - 3,700€

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 3,000€ - 5,200€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 3,700€ - 5,200€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 6,000€ - 8,200€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 6,000€ - 10,000€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 6,700€ - 10,000€

200ft (60m) > à 7,400€ +


Every superyacht tends to have a Chief Officer but larger yachts may also have a Second Officer. Job requirements are similar but will vary slightly depending on the vessel.

The Chief Officer assists the Captain with administrative and safety duties, crew management, maintenance and deck equipment, navigation and finances. The First Officer arranges safety drills, sets watch schedules and prepares the yacht for sea. The Second Officer acts as an aid and an understudy to the First Officer.

The Chief Officer/First Mate must be able to stand in for the Captain in his absence, have strong communication and organizational skills, and have excellent ISM and ISPS knowledge and practices. The Chief Officer must be someone with a firm knowledge of working on deck through previous Deckhand or Bosun experience.

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 2,200€ - 3,000€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 2,600€ - 4,100€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 3,000€ - 4,500€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 3,400€ - 4,800€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 4,100€ - 5,200€

200ft (60m) > à 4,800€ +

The Bosun is responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of a yacht and is in charge of the Deckhands. They are in charge of deck operations, which include storage, use and maintenance of tenders and toys, equipment and deck supplies. They will most likely be the main tender driver.

The Bosun must be an experienced deckhand, with knowledge of all equipment on board, maintenance skills (painting, varnishing) and basic engineering abilities. The Bosun will most likely spend a lot of time with guests and owners when on board and therefore must be polite, enthusiastic and have a keen eye for detail and service.

Average salary (per month): 100ft (33m) – 250ft (76m) à 2,200€ - 3,300€

The deckhand’s job is to assist in the maintenance, cleanliness and manoeuvring of the boat and tenders, and to help other crew wherever needed- whether in the interior, galley or engine room.

A deckhand must have a hard work ethic, the ability to learn on the job, be presentable and well-mannered, and excel at teamwork.

Average salary (per month): 60ft < 75ft (23m) à 1,500€ - 2,200€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 1,500€ - 2,500€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

200ft (60m) > à 1,800€ +


Chief engineer.

The Chief Engineer is in charge of the engineering department of a vessel and is responsible for its safe and proper functioning. They manage and train the other Engineers, ETOs (Electronic Technical Officers) and oversee contractors, and reports directly to the Captain. The Chief Engineer looks over the engine room operations, supervises engine repairs and carries out engineering inventories.

The Chief Engineer must have expert technical and trouble shooting experience, advanced knowledge of engineering on board (engines, fuel, generators, water makers, air conditioning, electrical, refrigeration, AV systems and computers), be able to preventive malfunctions and multitask, and have knowledge of contractors.

120ft (37m) – 180ft (55m) à 3,700€ - 6,700€ +

180ft (55m) – 250ft (76m) à 5,500€ - 10,400€ +

The Electronics Technical Officer is found on larger yachts; where there is no ETO the Chief Engineer assumes these responsibilities.

The ETO is responsible for daily maintenance of all electronic, computer and communications equipment on board and prevents malfunctions.

An ETO must have prior experience with IT and audio/visual equipment, be flexible and to assist in teamwork such as line and fender handling and water sports.

160ft (49m) – 300ft (92m) à 2,200€ - 3,300€ +


Many Chief Engineers may have started out as Junior Engineers. Their tasks include ensuring the constant safety of the engine room through cleaning and maintenance. This way they are able to increase their knowledge of all systems on board.

Junior Engineers are hard working, have the ability to learn through observation on the job, are able to multitask and help in any area of the yacht when needed.

On larger yachts there will often be First, Second and Third Engineers acting under the orders of the Chief Engineer. Duties will vary from one boat to another.

160ft (49m) – 300ft (92m) à 2,200€ - 3,700€ +

Note: A purser tends to be found on larger yachts; where no purser is required, some of the following duties are covered by the Chief Stewardess.

The purser is responsible for all operations in the interior department. That includes inventory, purchasing and provisioning, accounting for the entire yacht, organising guest activities and assisting the Captain with ship’s paperwork.

A purser must have experience as a Chief Steward/ess, financial and computer skills, as well as superior communications, organization and delegation abilities. They must also have an excellent knowledge of service and housekeeping skills, and well as familiarity with restaurants and attractions in cruising areas.

160ft (48m) – 250ft (76m) + à 3,700€ - 6,000€


The Chief Steward/ess is in charge of supervising the interior management of the boat, and training  interior crew. She or he is responsible for the budgeting and planning of the interior, all with the aim of creating the best possible service for the owners/guests.

Guest-oriented tasks include food and drink service, overseeing cleaning, cabin preparation, and arranging transport and trips for guests or owners.

The chief steward/ess is also responsible for the crew communal areas, as well as making sure the crew are looked after in regards to uniform, toiletries, drinks and snacks.  

The Chief Steward/ess will have previously worked as a Steward/ess and acquired a strong background in food and drink and hospitality and is capable of assisting with lines and fenders on deck. They must have impeccable attention to detail, the ability to think ahead and to remain professional and unobtrusive when serving guests in a luxury, high-quality manner.

100ft (33m) - 140ft (43m) à 2,200€ - 3,000€ +

140ft – 250ft (76m) à 3,000€ - 5,200€ +


A Steward/ess is responsible for the hospitality and housekeeping of the interior of the boat, and for the service to the owners and guests. Tasks include cleaning, table setting, silver service, bartending, flower arranging, inventory and planning. They may be asked to assist the chef or cook for the crew, help out on deck and watch keep when necessary.

Other Steward/ess positions include Second Steward/ess, Service Steward/ess, Housekeeping Steward/ess and Laundry Steward/ess. Duties will vary from one boat to another.

Average salary (per month): Note:Salaries vary depending on whether you are a First, Second or Chief Steward/ess.

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 1,500€ - 2,600€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 1,800€ - 3,000€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 1,500€ - 3,300€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 1,800€ - 3,300€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 1,800€ - 3,700€

The chef’s role is an extremely important one because guests and owners will always remember the food they had, regardless of the size of the yacht.

It is a very challenging position and a chef’s typical work day is extremely long. They are in charge of planning meals and purchasing ingredients (which might entail changing languages and currencies), preparing food and cleaning up to ensure the galley is kept in pristine condition. Depending on the size of the yacht, the Chef might work solo or there might also be a Sous Chef, Second Chef or Crew Cook.

Most Chefs will have previous experience of working as a Chef or Sous Chef in hotels, restaurants or other yachts. They must have a vast knowledge of produce, diets, allergies and food safety and storage, and the ability to provision to a budget in obscure parts of the world. All the while they must keep a positive attitude, have excellent time management, strong communication skills and the ability to overcome seasickness.

Average salary (per month): 100ft (33m) – 160ft (48m) à 3,700€ - 5,200€ +

150ft (46m) – 250ft (76m) à 3,7000€ - 7,400€ +

On larger yachts, it is common to have a Crew Chef who is in charge of preparing meals for the crewmembers. They might also act at Sous Chefs or simply be the crew’s personal Chef. They take orders from the Head Chef.

Average salary (per month): 160ft (48m) – 250ft (76m) + à 2,300€ - 3,100€

------------------------------------------------------------ *   Note : All salaries are estimates and can vary significantly

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Yachting Industry Salary Guidelines & Job Specifications

Here is an average of the salary range you may expect to get onboard. Remember this is just a guideline and that every program is different. Some private yachts have a performance based bonus and salary review annually.

Crew from a charter yacht could get a tip, anywhere from 5 to 20% of the overall charter fee. This is not compulsory.

Finally, it is also worth noting that it is not just your position and qualifications that dictate your salary, but also your industry experience and longevity that have a huge impact.

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  • March 21, 2024

In this Dockwalking Yacht Crew guide we will cover the procedure and tips of dock-walking in South of Europe and the Med. We will focus on one of the most popular areas for Yacht Crew which is Antibes and the South of France. If you are located in South of France these will be the best spots to look for daywork and do dockwalking to find your first yacht job.

We will also give you a Top 10 list of the best marinas and locations to secure Yacht jobs and dockwalking.

Dockwalking Yacht crew guide

What is dockwalking ? A Dockwalking Yacht Crew guide 

Dockwalking is one of the best ways to build your yacht experience and find yacht jobs working as a Deckhand or Stewardess. It basically means you pack a bag and set out in a white/navy T-shirt or Polo shirt with a bunch of Business Cards and CVs.

You then go to small and large marinas and ask crew on board the Yachts if they:

  • Require any assistance today?
  • Require any help either today or in the future?
  • If you can give a copy of your CV if anything opens up?
  • If they know another Yacht looking for crew or help?

  The best and worst part about dockwalking ?

We have all done it and we are going to be honest, walking long days and facing rejections repeatedly can take a toll on anyone. But once you get that job offer (and you will) it is all worth it. A few tips when dockwalking to make the experience more fun:

  • Each rejection brings you one step closer to getting a job offer, salary and an incredible experience
  • It is a great way to build your CV
  • Put things in perspective you are strolling around in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
  • Do it with a friend and travel together making the experience more fun.
  • Celebrate each little win.
  • Rejections are not personal, we have all been there and the crew on board understands and want to do everything to help you.

Best time for dockwalking Yacht Crew guide ?

  You can dockwalk any month of the yearc in the Med to find a Yacht crew job . In the winter months we need help on board with maintenance and to cover crew leave. Pre-summer we are recruiting crew and during the high-season we always need an extra pair of hands between charters.

Keep these times in mind when dockwalking:

  • A typical work day starts 07:30-08:00.  Before that time there is a big chance we are sleeping, resting or having breakfast, so it might not be too popular to ring the yacht gangway bell before 08:00.
  • 08:00 AM. It is common for each department to have a meeting. Try not to interrupt the meeting and just stand by until you see the meeting is completed.
  • 08:30 – A great time to ask for daywork and approach. The day has fully started and if we do need help for the day, we will welcome you with open arms when you approach.
  • Crew break-times are usually 10:00-10:30, 12:00-13:00, 15:00-15:30. It can vary from yacht to yacht, but try to avoid these periods, so you do not interrupt a break.
  • The day finishes 16:00-17:00 depending on Yacht. It is great to approach before the finish of the day to see if they might need help for the next day.

Why is Dock-walking is a popular choice for Yacht Crew?

In Yachting and trying to secure the first Yacht crew job and start working on board as a Deckhand and Stewardess , dock-walking and daywork can be one of the best ways to be successful. In Yachting everything is about time and place, and timing. So often we need a crew member on board urgently. And if you are at the right place at the right time, with a strong CV we will very likely take you on board despite no previous Yacht Experience.

Do I need Experience to Daywork on Yachts ?

While sometimes Yachts will look for temporary crew with experience, you do not need experience to dockwalk. Dockwalking is the way to build experience and find Yacht jobs. Just follow the steps in this Dockwalking Yacht Crew guide

Top 10 Locations surrounding Antibes to dockwalk and Daywork ?

  To start working on Yachts. The best place to be is South of Europe and the Mediterranean, more specifically South of France and Antibes. While Antibes is an amazing spot, with several marinas, agencies and opportunites , it is also full of aspiring yacht crew. So you might have a better chance exploring excellent nearby marinas to increase your chances and stand out to get a Yacht job.

Top 10 Guide – Location for Yacht Crew Dockwalking (South of France)

10. Barcelona

5. toulon/marseille, 4. tarragona, 3. la crotta, 1.antibes/juan les pins, small yacht crew marinas to focus on in south of france (dockwalk):.

  • St Laurent du Var
  • Marina Baie de anges
  • Villefranche sur mer/Cap Ferrat
  • Beulliue sur Mer

Other Yachting Locations to Dockwalk ?

There is no doubt that South of France/Italy/Spain is the hotspot of Yacht work and Yacht Crew. But as we mentioned dockwalking/dayworking and job search is very much depending on luck and being at the right place at the right time. If you are in Turkey, dockwalking and a Yacht is looking for a crew member urgently , you will almost certainly get the job because of the lack of competition and available crew in the area . With this in mind here are some great locations and marinas for Dockwalking outside the yachting hotspots for the adventurer looking to: go off the beaten path Dockwalking Yacht Crew guide:

1. Turkey Coast (Fethiye and sorroundings

2. Montenegre

2. Athens and Greece

1.Croatian Coast

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    May 30, 2022 April 21, 2024. There are lots of advantages to working on board a superyacht. You live on board, so you don't need to travel to work. All your living expenses are paid for by the boat. ... Yacht Crew Salary Guide. Superyacht Crew Salary Guide. The salaries listed here are indications based on our experience of the superyacht ...

  15. YPI CREW Releases 2023 Yacht Crew Salaries Report

    Find out how much yacht crew earns. See the full report and median salary ranges for each of the yacht roles.

  16. Yacht Crew Salary: Hourly Rate April 2024 United States

    How much does a Yacht Crew make? As of Apr 17, 2024, the average hourly pay for a Yacht Crew in the United States is $21.28 an hour. While ZipRecruiter is seeing hourly wages as high as $32.45 and as low as $10.82, the majority of Yacht Crew wages currently range between $16.83 (25th percentile) to $24.76 (75th percentile) across the United States.

  17. Yacht Stewardess Salary 2024

    Junior Stewardess - A Junior Deckhand salary on board Superyachts in 2024 starts from 2000€-3100€/ month. And it can be more with extra skills and experience. Purser - Starting from 6000€ per month and goes up depending on Yacht size. Interior Manager - Varies a lot, but with experience on a mega large yacht, the salary is often ...

  18. Yacht Crew Salary Guide

    Average salary (per month): 100ft (33m) - 140ft (43m) à 2,200€ - 3,000€ +. 140ft - 250ft (76m) à 3,000€ - 5,200€ +. STEWARD/ESS. A Steward/ess is responsible for the hospitality and housekeeping of the interior of the boat, and for the service to the owners and guests.

  19. Yachting Industry Salary Guidelines & Job Specifications

    Yachting Industry Salary Guidelines & Job Specifications. Here is an average of the salary range you may expect to get onboard. Remember this is just a guideline and that every program is different. Some private yachts have a performance based bonus and salary review annually. Crew from a charter yacht could get a tip, anywhere from 5 to 20% of ...

  20. Yacht Deckhand Salary 2024

    Factors that determine the Yacht Deckhand salaries in 2024 The final yacht crew salary will be depending on many factors, such as if you are working in Europe or US and also the type of yacht, your experience and your position. ... Dockwalking Yacht Crew guide Yacht Crew Salary 2024 Yacht Stewardess Salary 2024 Best Superyacht Training in ...

  21. Salary Guidelines

    Please note: These salary guidelines are based on the current yachting market as of January 2022. 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

  22. Dockwalking Yacht Crew Guide

    The day has fully started and if we do need help for the day, we will welcome you with open arms when you approach. Crew break-times are usually 10:00-10:30, 12:00-13:00, 15:00-15:30. It can vary from yacht to yacht, but try to avoid these periods, so you do not interrupt a break. The day finishes 16:00-17:00 depending on Yacht.