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!

Salary Guidelines

how much do you make working on a yacht

Knowledge is power and the more you research, the more informed & on the ball you will be.

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.

Your profile is essential to us finding you work, both now and in the future. We rely on the information you input to match you to the right jobs, so please make sure it is up to date and at least 85% complete. We receive thousands of vacancies each year, and search our database for the best candidates for each one... You will hear from us more often if you are checking in regularly! Once you find work you can set your profile to 'Not Available'.

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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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How Much do you Make Working on a Yacht?

table showing yacht crew salaries by position and vessel size

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.

Looking at the helm station on the bridge of the yacht. There is a chart as well as all the monitor screens and through the windows you can see views of a large mountain

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.

man driving a tender. the chief officer earns a high yacht crew salary

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.

a man holding ropes walking outside the yacht

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.

how much do you make working on a yacht

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.

The engine room inside the yacht showing the main engine

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.

a man cooking food with 2 colourful salads and a platter of meat

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.

woman standing on a perfect white sand beach with crystal clear blue water in the Bahamas

Hi, my name is Lisa, a Chief Stewardess in the yachting industry with 10 years of experience, as well as 8 years of hospitality experience prior to that. Being in the yachting industry has been a whirlwind of adventure, growth, challenges and some of the best experiences of my life, and I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences with all of you.

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Working On A Yacht? 9 Things To Consider + Salary Examples

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Working on a yacht gives you the ability to spend your days and nights at sea while exploring fun and far-off places.

For this reason, many people wonder how to get into the industry and what other things they need to know about working on a yacht.

In this post, we’ll talk about the top 8 things to consider before getting a job on a yacht. 

We’ll also talk about how much yacht workers earn:

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Are You Qualified To Work On A Yacht?

how much do you make working on a yacht

According to BlueWaterYachting, there are about 15,000 yachts in the world that are large enough to require a professional yacht crew.

This might sound like a lot, but not when you compare it to the number of people that would like to work on a yacht.

To set yourself apart from these people, you’ll want to have experience in whatever position you’re looking to fill.

Wondering what types of jobs exist on a yacht?

6 popular jobs you might hope to get on a yacht:

There are also other yacht-specific jobs that might come up as well.  For instance, I saw a yacht that had two professional massage therapists on board.

These people might not be needed on every yacht like a captain would be, but they were needed for this particular yacht.

In addition to general job specifics, you’ll also need to be trained to work on a boat. 

Many different companies offer short courses that will teach you the basics of yachting as well as the basics of first aid and water rescues.

You Need People Skills

Another thought to consider is that you’ll need to have superior people skills when working on a yacht.  Remember, you’ll be in close quarters with a small group of people day in and day out.  If you’re angry at a coworker or customer, you won’t have the ability to go home to get away from them at the end of the day.

For this reason, it is important that you’re able to get along well with others.

Also, remember that a yacht crew is often very diverse.  People on your crew might come from different countries where the cultures are quite different. 

You’ll need to be able to learn these people’s social customs and you’ll need to be comfortable with the fact that they might still be learning about yours.

Getting to know new people and new cultures is very rewarding but it can be difficult at first.  You’ll need to be willing to work much harder at it on a boat than you would at a typical 9 – 5.

What About Sea Sickness?

Are you prone to motion sickness?  If so, working on a yacht might not be the best idea.  Getting sick on a short cruise might not be a big deal.  The cruise is over in a few hours and shortly after you arrive on land, the seasickness goes away.

However, if you’re sick on an ocean voyage, you might be sick for days or even weeks at a time.

Before signing on to work on a yacht, you might want to take an ocean voyage to see how your body will react.  It would be sad to get signed on to a three-month job only to find that after a few weeks you’re just too sick to continue.

Is there anything that can be done to stop seasickness?

Luckily, many people have found that their tolerance goes up over time.  However, some people never get used to the sea and they will always be sick while traveling on it.

These people might want to change industries or find a more stable boat that does not go out in rough waters.  For example, a person that gets seasick on the ocean might be perfectly fine working on a party boat on a river.

How About Your Health?

Another thought to consider is the fact that being at sea limits your ability to get medical care and medicine.  People with long-term diseases might want to think twice before working on a yacht.

Imagine you have to take daily medication to stay healthy.  Now imagine that this medicine does not show up at your next port.  Will the yacht owner stick around to get you your medicine?

What happens if you don’t get your medicine?  Will the disease become irreversibly worse?

People with health issues may want to resolve these issues before they look into a career on a yacht. 

Otherwise, they might want to work on a yacht that does not do long trips.  If your yacht only does weekend trips, you could always store extra medication on the boat to ensure your safety.

Privacy Issues To Consider

Privacy can certainly be at a premium on a yacht.  Crew quarters are almost always shared quarters and you may not even have your own bed.

I’ve seen some ships where two people on different shifts share the same bunk.

For some people, this isn’t a big deal, for others, it could be a nightmare.

Also, remember that you’ll always be in close contact with other people.  If you’re an extrovert the yacht could seem like paradise.  However, if you’re more introverted and need to have a significant amount of alone time to be happy, this might not be the job for you.

Getting any real time to yourself on a yacht can often be an impossibility.

In fact, even extroverts may want to bring a set of earplugs with them so that they can get some peace and quiet from time-to-time.

How About Your Friends and Family

Setting sail across the ocean on a yacht while getting paid to do so can be a dream for some people.  In fact, it might be a dream of yours.  But, have you thought about your family and friends.

When you’re off on a 12-month voyage, you won’t be able to see your friends and family.

Depending on your situation, you might have to miss people’s weddings, graduations, birthdays, and many other momentous occasions.  You may also find that when you get back, some of your personal relationships just aren’t as close as they used to be.

In fact, some of your friends may even resent you for leaving.

On the other hand, it is easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family member while staying out of reach.  With emails, satellite phones, and video calls, you can continue to cultivate relationships from afar, you just might have to work harder at it.

Seasonality For Working On Yachts

Jobs on yachts are often seasonal and can often be unsteady.

Some larger charter yachts might have a crew throughout the entire year.

The company that owns these yachts will want the crew ready to set sail for any customers they might get.  In this case, the crew may only have passengers a few months out of the year.

Other jobs on yachts might only last a season.  In fact, the most in-demand yacht jobs are usually only three months.  This can be great for students and teachers looking to fill their summer up with a fun and interesting job.

For others, this kind of work might not be steady enough.


A potential yacht worker might also want to consider their availability.  Jobs are more likely to appear around June and end in September.  If you’re not available during these months, you may find that jobs are harder to acquire.

You’ll also need to be very flexible when it comes to availability.

These jobs can come up quickly and they can be filled quickly as well.

When a yacht owner wants to set sail it can often be at a moment’s notice so you won’t have much time to think about whether or not you want to take the job. 

Wait a few days to respond and the yacht may have set sail by the time you answer.

What’s The Salary For Yacht Captains + Crew Members?

The salary of a yacht worker will vary, mostly based on the job title and job responsibilities.

Here are some example salaries of jobs that you might do on a yacht:

  • Yacht Captain Yacht captains often receive large salaries.  This salary is typically based on the size of the yacht that they are working on.  According to CNN, this job is a six-figure job that can often range from $100,000.00 to $250,000.00. The reason this job pays so well is that it can be a stressful job.  Captains need to be available 24 hours a day.  They also have to be skilled in both managing people and operating large ships.
  • Yacht Engineer/Deckhand These crew members will often average around $48,000.00 a year or $4,000.00 a month.
  • Steward/Stewardess This crew member will average between $30,000.00 and $45,000.00, depending on experience.  More experienced stews will often manage the other stews so they’ll end up earning more money for doing so.
  • Yacht Chef The yacht’s chef usually makes six figures as well.  This is because the chef is expected to be an experienced chef that can make luxury meals while out at sea.

Here’s everything you need to know about exactly how much the yacht captain and crew make .

They actually also make quite a decent amount of money from tips given by the owner’s guests .

Final Thoughts

Working on a yacht can be a fun and lucrative experience.

Just know that there are some challenges and be prepared to meet them when the time comes.

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Yacht crew positions : Hierarchy, Missions & Salaries explained

how much do you make working on a yacht

Like any well-run hotel, restaurant, or other luxury service, a crewed yacht needs organized structure and good management. Whether you’re staffing your own luxury vessel or looking for an exciting career working and traveling the world, you need to know how this structure works, and what you can expect to pay or earn and do in the various roles on board.

Every yacht is a little different, and organization may reflect the style of the captain or the demands of the owner. But the same jobs need to be done on almost every boat. Organized with ranks, heads of each division report to the Captain. It’s not a military-style organization, but there are parallels with merchant marine grades and structures.

Smaller yachts need fewer crew, and staff may wear multiple hats that cross more traditional divisions and may combine some jobs with others. Large yachts have more distinct divisions or subdivisions, with more specialization to divide tasks and manage staffing. The core skills are the same, but finding staff with the right blends to do the jobs is key. Crew with broader skills are highly sought after.

As a yacht owner, you shouldn’t have to worry about day-to-day management decisions or organizing all this. That’s why you have a captain, and it’s better to leave staffing decisions entirely up to him or her. But it’s still important to know what it is people you’re hiring do, why they’re there, and how many you need. You don’t want too many crew, or to be short-handed. An understanding of what your yacht needs helps you talk to the captain to keep your yacht running how you want it.

For those looking to break into yacht crew work, consider your skills and strengths, and what jobs appeal to you. You’ll need training before you work, and you can direct your job path through the training you seek. Your goal is a suitable position on a well-run yacht, so make yourself the most attractive candidate possible.

Yacht Work Life

how much do you make working on a yacht

Working on a yacht is also living on the yacht. Crew must have a space to sleep, food, and all the basics that any employee needs. Large yachts have space reserved for crew, and owners looking for quality crew should provide good working and living conditions. Your crew takes care of you, and you should take care of them.

Depending on where a yacht operates or what flag she flies, a variety of labor laws or rules may be in effect. These requirements may be for work visas, contracts and written agreements, and compliance with merchant and ship crew treaties and laws. Be prepared to have work and non-disclosure agreements between yacht and crew, though a few yachts skip this.

Seasonal Jobs

Many yacht positions are seasonal. Year-round employment is more likely for senior crew like the captain and department heads, but not all yachts see year-round use. And some yachts may use different crew in different locales between seasonal moves.

Any job listing should give seasonal information, with geographic information, the length of the season, and the prospects for year-round positions and repeat employment.

Hours, Salaries, and Expectations

Yacht crew is a service job at its core, and every yacht owner is looking for service-oriented people who understand how to deliver a hotel-quality living and restaurant-quality fine dining. Work experience in luxury hotels and restaurants is a big plus for some jobs, and makes breaking into yacht work easier.

Yacht work can be very demanding, with periods of intense work when the owner and guests or a charter party is on board. Long days aren’t uncommon, but often balance with slack time when the boat is empty of passengers. There is always work to be done, but there’s usually a chance for time off.

Most salaries are monthly, since many positions are seasonal. Pay ranges are commensurate with experience, rank, and responsibility. Private vessels usually offer higher base pay, as charter crew can earn tips on top of their base salary. Because of the demands of the lifestyle, compensation is good and you have minimal living expenses on board.

Benefits and Time Off

Because so many jobs are seasonal and may occur in different countries and locations, benefits offered to yacht crew vary widely. But it is not uncommon for crew to be offered health and accident insurance and a flight to the vessel. Living on board, you’ll get food, rooming (usually shared), basic toiletries, uniforms, and laundry. Yachts with a longer view may offer additional training to long-term prospects.

Time off is usually linked to boat use, and may be sporadic in-season or when the boat has the owner and guests on board. There will always be some time off, but it may be between very intense work periods.

Most crew jobs have an employment contract that meets the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). This should spell out the contract period and duration, as well as salary, leave and time off, probationary periods, repatriation policies, and any other crucial details to meet the minimum international standards of crew welfare.

This contract should also contain shipboard policies on confidentiality and non-disclosures, drug and alcohol use on board, personal hygiene expectations, interpersonal relationships, and dispute resolution. Job expectations and requirements can also be included, with specific language about roles, tasks, and cooperation between divisions.

Note that all crew agreements will explicitly prohibit drug use on board, most limit alcohol consumption and ban hard liquor on board, and many boats have policies prohibiting intimate personal crew relationships. Because the crew is living on board full time and in close quarters, rules to maintain decorum and crew harmony may be in writing.

Training & Certificates

Two key certifications are required for yacht crew. Employers look for the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers) and the ENG1 (Seafarer Medical Certificate). Insurers generally require crew to have these two certifications or the equivalent.

The ENG1 isn’t a class. It’s a medical exam to ensure that the crew is physically fit to serve at sea and has no underlying conditions that may arise far from help. It’s best for prospective crew to secure the ENG1 before investing more time and money training.

STCW is a week-long class on the basics of onboard safety. This includes hands-on modules covering personal survival, fire safety, first aid and CPR, accident prevention, and security awareness. It needs to be refreshed every five years.

Shared, Hybrid, and Crossover Jobs

Larger vessels will have more defined duties and specific areas of responsibility. But smaller yachts may want the crew to have different roles in different situations. For example, a hybrid job description may read “3rd Engineer/Steward” and describe a role in engineering when the boat is empty but on inside crew when passengers are on board.

When hiring or seeking jobs be prepared to look for creative crossover skill sets to meet the needs of the vessel.

Extra Skills and Duties

Any extra skills outside the regular duties makes crew more attractive. From stewards who can teach yoga, give massages or play cocktail piano to deck crew who know how to water ski, SCUBA dive, or fish, anything that crew can bring to enhance the passenger experience adds value to the employee.

If you’re looking for a position, list the skills you’d be comfortable using. If a vessel owner is looking for something specific, spell it out and figure out how that special duty fits into the employee work day.

The Four Main Divisions

how much do you make working on a yacht

Most yacht crews break into four primary divisions which group related tasks and responsibilities together. While the grouping sounds like it’s by section of the boat, they’re really more functional. For example, stewards (Interior) will definitely serve meals, whether they’re in the main dining room or out on deck. Deckhands (deck) are going to be involved in painting, sanding, and varnish jobs anywhere on the boat.

The deck crew handles most of the exterior operations of the yacht, and runs it. Deck hands and crew keep the boat looking clean and shiny, and handling most vessel operations. This includes driving and operating the yacht, navigation, running all launches and ship’s craft, handling lines, and all maintenance and painting, washing, and shining.

2-Interior (or Inside)

Inside crew are primarily the stewards and housekeepers. Larger vessels will have a dedicated housekeeping staff separate from the stewards, but smaller vessels may not.

Stewards keep the interior clean, do all housekeeping, laundry, food and beverage service, cabin preparation, and anything else needed for the comfort of the passengers.


Below decks, the engineering department ensures the safe and smooth running of all the ship’s machinery and electronics. Engineers are engine and systems specialists, and there will usually be a dedicated electronics expert. Most engineer jobs require professional training and certification.

Fine dining is a hallmark of the yachting experience, and a full-time galley crew prepares all meals for passengers and crew. The head chef plans the menus and provisions the boat, while junior chefs assist the head chef with meal preparation and keeping the galley spotless.

Yacht Job and Department Details

how much do you make working on a yacht

Departments are all organized in a hierarchy, with a department head reporting to the Captain. The clear chain of command makes for smooth operations, with all communications going up and down ranks. Junior staff will occasionally take instructions from other divisions as all crew is expected to help as needed. A captain or department head may organize staff differently, so reporting structures listed are guidelines only.

All salary ranges are monthly figures and are ranges based on yacht size and crew experience. Senior jobs on larger yachts have more responsibility than the same job title on yachts with smaller crews. Experienced crew are very desirable and can expect more pay for their positions.

Listed responsibilities are not exhaustive, and different yachts may allocate some jobs to different positions.

Read also: The yacht charter experience ladder

The Captain

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The captain of the vessel is the overall decision maker for the yacht in all situations, including the safety of the vessel. The owner should leave the Captain responsible for operational decisions about hiring and staff and operating the ship. To become a captain requires years of experience and training, and a broad set of skills including yacht operations, personnel management, budgeting and finance. The captain works directly with the owner and owner’s representative, if the captain is not also acting as the representative.

On an organization chart, the Captain is usually placed in the deck division, but the Captain is always the senior-most crew on the yacht and all division heads report to the Captain.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for all navigation and running the yacht.
  • Senior decision maker on all crew hiring.
  • Manage repairs, refits, and yard work.
  • Manage budgets and accounting. On larger yachts, this task ends more on the Purser, but the captain is always responsible.
  • Ensure all paperwork, clearances, and legal requirements are completed.
  • Primary contact with the owner or charter parties.

Reports to: The yacht owner

Salary Range: $6,000 to $22,000

The deckhands handle all the outside responsibilities of the ship, including cleaning and maintenance of the yacht and all the ship’s vessels and toys on board. Deck crew will have significant contact with passengers in this role, operating launches and delivering guests to and from shore and handling the toys.

All deck crew have watch responsibilities on passage, and daily responsibilities keeping the yacht pristine and clean. They will also do line handling and secure the yacht.

Deck department : Chief Mate/First Officer

The Chief Mate or First Officer is the second in command of the vessel, and left in charge when the Captain is not on board. The first mate has the requisite skills to stand in for the captain and run the yacht if needed and usually acts as the division head of the deck team.

The seamanship skills needed are similar to the Captain’s position.

  • Primary safety officer for the yacht and all passengers and crew.
  • Supervise and manage all operations on deck.
  • Bridge watches on passage.
  • Passage planning and navigation.

There may be additional mates on larger vessels, these 2nd, 3rd, etc. mates have similar responsibilities on rotation. But the first mate is senior and always second in command.

Reports to: Captain

Salary Range: $4,000 to $9,500 (First mate)

Second and more junior mates may earn $2,000 to $4,000

Deck department : Bosun

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The Bosun is the senior deckhand and manages the junior hands on board. This will usually be the most experienced hand on board.

  • Organizing all operations on deck.
  • Coordinating the use, storing and launching of the ship’s boats, toys, and equipment.
  • Managing the passerelle, watching passenger safety.
  • Contact point for guest service on boats, toys, and trips to shore.

Reports to: First mate

Salary Range: $3,000 to $5,000

Deck department : Deckhands

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Deckhands are constantly busy with maintenance, cleaning, polishing, and assisting guests as needed. They will assist other departments as needed or given special duties.

  • Daily cleaning of the yacht’s exterior.
  • Painting, varnishing, polishing.
  • Line handling.
  • Launching and operating dinghies and tenders.
  • Repairs and carpentry.
  • Helping guests as needed – everything from handling baggage and gear to embarking and disembarking.

Reports to: Bosun

Salary range: $1,300 to $3,000

Though every position on a yacht is service-oriented, the interior or inside crew provides the primary customer service. They will interact the most with the passengers daily, and they’re directly responsible for the quality of their experience on board.

Interior department : the Purser

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The purser is the chief financial officer of the yacht and handles all the financial operations on board. Accounting, purchasing, payroll and hiring, and all money matters end up with the Purser. This is a senior staff position, and may be the interior department head. Smaller yachts may eliminate the purser’s job and add it to the captain’s and other senior staff duties.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping for all financial transactions.
  • Human resources and payroll.
  • Handling logistics for all departments related to purchasing.
  • Managing contracts.
  • Event coordination, including off yacht bookings and payments.
  • Primary administration of the boat’s business paperwork.
  • Inventory and supply management.

Salary Range: $4,000 to $8,000

Interior department : The Chief Steward/ess

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The chief steward or stewardess has primary responsibility for all service roles inside. Food and drink service, cabin preparation, and anything to do with helping the passengers be more comfortable and enjoy their stay. The chief steward will be inside crew with several years of experience.

The chief steward manages the interior staff, setting and enforcing vessel service standards. The chief steward ensures the crew delivers a five-star hospitality experience.

Chief Steward Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling and training junior crew for meal and drink service and cabin preparation.
  • Primary contact with guests for meals and drinks.
  • Sommelier and wine service.
  • Coordinate with the galley for meals and presentation.
  • Decorate the interior, from flower arrangement to table settings.
  • Arrange onshore activities and outings.

Reports to: Captain or Purser, depending on the yacht

Salary Range: $4,000 to $8,500


The stewards and stewardesses are the primary guest service staff. They will work closely with guests and passengers, and have daily contact with them as they meet most of their needs while on board.

Steward Responsibilities:

  • Food and drink service.
  • Room preparation and turndown service.
  • Cleaning, polishing, housekeeping, and inside maintenance.
  • Cabin detailing.
  • Laundry, pressing, and folding.
  • Help with outings, trips, debarkations.

Reports to: Chief Steward

Salary Range: $1,500 to $4,500


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Larger yachts may have a dedicated housekeeping and laundry staff. This will be part of the inside crew, under either the purser or the head steward. There may be a senior housekeeper, if there are more than one housekeeping crew on board.

Responsibilities are the cleaning and laundry portions of the steward’s job, and a laundry steward may spend most of her time inside the ship’s laundry.

An experienced Head of Housekeeping may earn from $4,500 to $7,000, while a Laundry Steward typically earns from $2,500 to $3,500.


Food service requirements on any yacht are high. Whether it’s a privately owned vessel or a charter, the expectations are always for top tier food service, with a variety of meals planned for the requirements of every passenger. Chefs and cooks prepare all meals on board for passengers and crew, but sometimes other interior crew may help with prep work or cleanup.

Smaller yachts have smaller galley crews, but the largest vessels may have an executive chef and several sous chefs. All chef positions require formal culinary training and experience, but cook positions are often entry level. Promotion from cook to chef is unusual without additional training.

Galley department : the Head / Executive Chef

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On larger yachts, an Executive Chef will run the entire galley with the help of sous chefs and cooks. With an Executive Chef, there’s an expectation that the food and menus will be on a level with Michelin star-rated restaurants.

The executive chef brings a thorough understanding of food preparation and presentation, and moves food preparation past creative up to artistic. Job responsibilities are similar to a chef, but the job demands and the required experience and education are much higher.

Salary range: $7,000 to $11,000

how much do you make working on a yacht

The chef has overall responsibility for all meals on the yacht, from provisioning in remote places to hygiene and good safety. If there’s only one chef, she’s the head of the galley crew. Finding the best provisions in far away locations and making the best of local food availability is a major part of the job.

  • Planning a delicious and varied menu for passengers.
  • Sourcing all food and arranging transport to the yacht.
  • Maintaining and operating within the galley budget.
  • Preparing passenger meals with professional presentation and style.
  • Cleaning and maintaining galley and galley equipment.
  • Deliver menus and meals on time, while running an organized and spotless galley.

Galley department : Sous Chef

The sous chefs assist the chef in all aspects of running the galley, and may have independent assignments to plan and guest and crew meals. While not primarily responsible for provisioning, the sous chef will help with food selection, menu preparation, and planning. A sous chef must have formal culinary training.

Reports to: Head chef

Salary Range: $3,500 – $6,000.

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Galley department : The Cook

Cooks may be entry-level positions or experienced, but do not require formal gastronomy education. They will assist the chef and sous chefs, cooking meals and dishes for guests and crew, helping with provisioning, and keeping the galley neat.

  • Assist with provisioning and buying high-quality food from local sources.
  • Follow all food handling and safety guidelines.
  • Assist the head chef as needed, taking direction and guidance.
  • Prepare guest and crew meals as required.
  • Staying on top of galley inventories and supplies.

Salary Range: $2,500 to $3,500


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The engineering department keeps the yacht and all its systems working. Whether it’s the engines, electronics, air conditioning, or the plumbing – it’s up to engineering to keep it running.

There is considerable overlap with commercial shipping in the engineering field, as many of the same skills apply. And there is a broader range of qualifications and grades based on the size and power of the vessel. Job ratings may be set by required experience based on tonnage of ship or power of engines, with corresponding levels of pay and responsibility.

Unlike commercial shipping, engineers may get involved in other aspects of running the yacht, like helping with docking and water sports with mechanical toys.

Engineering certifications, training, ratings, experience and licensing are critical to hiring competent engineers, and for engineering crew it’s an important facet of career advancement. This is important for Chief and 2nd Engineers, which are often broken out by MCA (U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency) rating or other international equivalent.

MCA ratings for engineers Commercial and Private Yachts over 24m are:

Y4: Less than 200 Gross Tons and less than 1,500 kW engine power Y3: Less than 500 GT and 3,000 kW Y2: Less than 3,000 GT and 3,000 kW Y1: Less than 3,000 GT and 9,000 kW

There is also an unlimited rating for merchant vessels larger than the Y1 category. For discussing salary and responsibilities, we will include all ratings in one position description, but pay scales with the size of the yacht and any required higher ratings.

Chief Engineer

The chief engineer manages all aspects of keeping the yacht and its systems running. The chief engineer manages all the engineering staff, and directs all maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting and upgrades. This is a management position, but requires extensive hands-on technical experience and knowledge. Chief engineers on large yachts hold an MCA Y1 or Y2, smaller boats will have a lower rated chief and a smaller staff. Check  to find abroad marine engineer vacancies.

  • Provisioning, shopping, and stocking.
  • Preparing passenger and crew meals.
  • Following instructions and cooking under the direction of others.
  • Galley cleaning.
  • Follow food safety and storage procedures.
  • Food pre-preparation.

Salary Range: $6,000 to $15,000

2nd Engineer

The second engineer is also a highly skilled position requiring a rating or license and several years of experience. This senior level engineer also needs knowledge of how to troubleshoot and maintain all yacht systems.

  • Maintain and manage all engineering operations.
  • Hire, train and supervise all engineers.
  • Project manage all upgrades and retrofits, including managing budgets, contracts, and suppliers.
  • Coordinate maintenance schedule for the entire yacht around the usage and seasonal schedules.
  • Maintain costs and accounting for engineering operations.
  • Design and handle all safety operations.
  • Set and maintain standards for operations and cleanliness in the engine room.

Reports to: Chief engineer

Salary Range: $5,500 – $10,000

OOW (Officer of the Watch) Engineer

The OOW is a junior engineering position, but still licensed. There are two categories of OOW – MEOL (Marine Engine Operator License) and the more junior AEC (Assistant Engine Course). The overall responsibilities are similar, working to support the senior engineers and handle independent assignments. The AEC rating is entry level for licensed crew, but has training and certification.

  • Support the chief in all projects.
  • Maintain a clean, safe engine room.
  • Perform all maintenance, troubleshooting and repair tasks as needed.
  • Support motorized water sports.
  • Occasionally assist with other vessel operations, like line handling.

Reports to: Chief Engineer

Salary Range, MEOL: $4,500 to $6,000 Salary Range, AEC: $2,500 to $3,500

Electronics/Technology Officer (ETO)

The ETO takes responsibility for all audio-visual and information technology on board. Ensuring passengers have access to the internet, movies, television, and music is a primary responsibility. This position carries a fair amount of passenger interaction, and an ETO needs good troubleshooting skills to go with customer service skills.

  • Ensure all audio/visual and entertainment systems are always available for passengers.
  • Assist passengers with personal technology and ship systems as needed.
  • Conduct regular maintenance and upgrades of the network, information, and A/V systems around passenger schedules.
  • Assist other engineers as needed, especially with electronic systems.
  • Contribute as needed with other departments for boat and passenger operations.

Salary Range: $4,000 to $9,000

Junior Engineer

This is a lower or entry level position for someone with engineering skills but without formal licensing or certification. The junior engineer will help with safety and cleanliness, and assist in any engineering tasks as needed. The ability to solve problems and fix things opens this spot for anyone capable and willing to do the job.

  • Help with cleaning, maintenance, and safety functions.
  • Help anywhere needed on the yacht.
  • Assist senior engineers as needed, taking direction and following instructions exactly.
  • Constantly develop skills.


Whether you are a yacht owner or considering entering this dynamic industry with an established and reliable crew, it is essential to have an understanding of the yacht’s hierarchical structure, mission priorities, and salary expectations. By doing your research on the complexity of yachting before hiring your team, you can confidently select the right group of experienced and qualified professionals for your needs. Staying up-to-date on top industry trends and knowing the capabilities of each type of yacht crew position will enable you to make sound decisions that support a safe and cost-effective journey. With quality personnel at your helm, you can cruise unhindered in luxury and explore new destinations with peace of mind.

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The table has been drawn up with the information collated with figures from the past year within various yacht departments. Please note that they an indication only of starting salaries and the actual salary will vary depending on multiple factors.

Many elements need to be taken into consideration with regards to yacht crew salaries and not just the size of the yacht. The type of yacht (motor or sail), its usage (private, charter or both) and cruising schedule will influence the salary offered. Additionally, key elements of the candidate’s profile must also be reviewed, what is their previous experience, how long have they been in a particular role, have they recently acquired a new qualification, and do they have a specialised skill set that will influence the salary negotiation?

The highlighted section corresponds to yachts who offer a scheduled leave or rotational package.

Salaries here need to be modulated in accordance with the type of rotation offered, 5:1; 3:1 or 2:2 for example. There may be several different rotational schemes on a particular yacht, 5:1 for the junior crew, 3:1 for the intermediary position and full rotation for positions of responsibility.

The rotational salary is generally only a reduced monthly reduction (between 10 and 20%) and allows for a larger pool of candidates who are fully committed to the yacht, its programme and owner.

For many key roles, professional qualifications are the basis to establishing a guideline salary, notably in the Engineering  and Officer’s Department.

Following the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the yachting industry in 2020, the past 2021 was considered the year of revival for yacht crew placement.

With regards to salaries, the market saw a return to stability and no major new trends were recorded. There is always increased pressure to offer a scheduled leave or rotational scheme that now starts with yachts in the 40 to 50 metre range.


Yacht crew salary guide.

After two exceptional years of dealing with Covid 19 and the impact it had on recruiting, the past year was very upbeat and fast-paced for yacht crew placement. The most significant trend was the extension of scheduled or rotational leave to positions outside of the engine room and the bridge. 

The search and placement market has changed and crew are increasingly seeking a harmonious work-life balance. Although yachting salaries and leave packages are generally competitive, we have found that yachts need to be increasingly flexible to attract the best crew. 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.

how much do you make working on a yacht

Improved Leave Packages For Yacht Crew

Both the Deck/Bosun’s and the Interior/Galley Departments have witnessed a steady trend towards increased leave packages. For example, Senior Stews are now looking for a minimum of 90 days leave and 95% of the Chief Stews are looking for full rotation. Many Stew Head of Departments have come to realize that they too can benefit from scheduled or rotational leave that has in the past been reserved for the 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.

Please note that the salaries below are an indication only of starting salaries and that the actual salary will vary depending on multiple factors; job specific skills, professional qualifications and experience. 

YPI CREW now offers a bespoke service for our yacht clients to assist with salary reviews and comparative analysis. Contact [email protected] for any further information.

Deck Department

 All the Captain and Officer salaries will depend on experience and maritime qualifications.

* On smaller yachts the First Officer is generally referred to as the Mate or First Mate. On yachts over 100m / 3000GT there are often two distinct roles for a First Officer and a Chief Officer.

** Specialised Deckhand positions will englobe a Deckhand Tender Driver, Kite Surfer, Carpenter, Diver etc.

Sole/Chief Engineer:

For 30m — 40m the salary is based on the candidates holding an AEC/Y4

For 40m — 50m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y3 / SV Chief 3000kw

For 50m — 70m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y2 / SV Chief 9000kw

For 70m — 80m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y1 / SV Chief 9000kw

For 80m — 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y1/Class I

For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding a Class I

Second Engineer:

For 40m — 50m the salary is based on the candidates holding an AEC

For 50m — 70m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y3 / SV Chief 3000kw and on rotation. If the role is permanent then an EOOW qualification is required and the salary would be 5 000—6 500€

For 70m — 80m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y3 / SV Chief 3000kw

For 80m — 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y2/Class II

For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding a Class I/Class II

Third Engineer:

For 70m — 80m the salary is based on the candidates holding a AEC

For 80m — 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding an EOOW - equal rotation or 4:2 for example

For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding an EOOW - equal rotation or 4:2 for example

For 80m — 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding a STCW III/4

For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding a STCW III/4

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* No yachting experience

** Rotational positions start at 6 000€ while non-rotational positions start at 7 000€ *** Combined Cook/Stew or Cook/Deck role **** Lower end refers to crew with no yachting experience

***** Rotational positions start at 4 500€ while non-rotational positions start at 5 000€

More and more yachts, from 30m+, are offering rotation at all levels in the galley in order to secure the best candidate on the market. 

Interior Department

Specialist Positions

30m — 40m

40m — 50m

50m — 70m

70m — 80m

80m — 100m

Chief Officer

First Officer*

Second Officer

Third Officer

Specialised Deckhand**

Deckhand Junior

4 500—6 000

45–60 days

3 500—4 500

2 700—2 800

45 days

6 000—9 000

3 500—5 500

8 000—13 000

45–60 days or equal rotation

5 500—7 000

50–60 days

3 800—4 000

9 000—18 000

60-90 days or equal rotation

6 000—7 500

5 000—6 500

5 000—5 500

60–90 days

14 000—20 000

7 000—9 500

5 500—6 500

61-90 days or equal rotation

4 000—5 000

3:1 rotation

90 days or 3:1 rotation

15 000—23 000

8 500—11 000

62-90 days or equal rotation


Equal rotation

9 500 + discretionary

7 500—10 000

6 500—7 500

4 500—5 500

3:1 rotation or equal rotation

Salary (€)

Chief Engineer

1st Engineer

Second Engineer

Third Engineer


4 000—6 000


5 000—8 000

Non-rotational or equal rotation

7 500—10 000+

6 500—7 000

Non rotation or rotation

6 000—7 000

11 000—15 000+

7 000 — 8 000

Non-rotation or rotation

3 200—4 000

7 000—8 000+

13 000—15 000+

8 500—10 000

8 000—10 000

Head Chef/Sole Chef

4 500*—5 500

5 000—6 000

2:2 rotation or non-rotational

6 000—8 500

4 000—5 000***

6 000**—9 000

4 000****—6 000

4 500*****—6 000

2:2 rotation

Head of Service

Head of Housekeeping

Experienced Stew 1–3 years experience

Junior Stew 0–1 years experience 

3 500—4 000

2 800—3 300

4 000—5 500

3 000—4 500

3 000—4 500

4 500—6 000

3 800—4 250

6 500—8 000

90 days+ or equal rotation

5 500—8 000

60 days+, 90 days+ or equal rotation

4 250—5 500

60 days+ or 90 days+

7 000—8 000

equal rotation

90 days+ or equal rotation

4500—5 500

8 000—9 500

7 000—8 500

5 000—6 000

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Masseuse / Beautician (with basic training courses)

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Laundry Master

3 300—4 500

4 000—4 500

4 000—5 000

90 days + or equal rotation

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How Much Does Yacht Crew Make? (Salary Information Explained)

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Do you dream of working on the open seas, sailing the world and getting paid to do it? Becoming a yacht crew member offers the potential to have a unique career and lifestyle that many people can only dream of.

But how much do yacht crew members make? In this article, we will cover the different types of yacht crew positions, the average salary of yacht crew members, benefits of being a yacht crew member, qualifications needed to become a yacht crew member, how to increase earnings as a yacht crew member, factors that affect yacht crew salary, and finally, how to find yacht crew jobs.

So, if you’re intrigued to learn more about this unique career opportunity, read on!.

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Short Answer

Yacht crew salaries vary depending on the size of the yacht, the type of crew position, and the length of the yacht’s voyage.

Generally speaking, permanent crew on a large yacht can expect to make between $2,500 and $7,500 per month, while temporary crew on a smaller yacht might make between $1,500 and $3,000 per month.

Some crew members may be offered additional bonuses, commissions, and tips depending on the role they fill and their experience.

Types of Yacht Crew Positions

Yacht crew members come in a variety of positions and have different duties and responsibilities.

Deckhands, for example, are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the vessel, including cleaning, painting, polishing, and repairs.

They may also help load and unload supplies, operate cranes and winches, and manage the mooring lines.

Stewards, meanwhile, are responsible for cleaning and servicing the cabins, cooking meals, and taking care of the passengers.

Captains and engineers, on the other hand, are responsible for navigating and operating the yacht, as well as managing the crew and maintaining the vessels mechanical systems.

In addition, some crew members are responsible for providing onboard entertainment, such as DJs, musicians, and photographers.

Depending on the size and type of vessel, there may also be a variety of other specialized positions, such as a tender driver, dive instructor, or water sports instructor.

Ultimately, the duties and responsibilities of each position will vary from vessel to vessel.

Average Salary for Yacht Crew Members

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Yacht crew members can make a substantial income, depending on their position and experience.

Deckhands and stewards typically earn anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500 per month, while captains and engineers can make up to $10,000 per month.

Yacht crew members also receive additional benefits such as food, lodging, and health insurance, depending on the size and type of vessel they are working on.

Crew members who work on larger vessels may be entitled to additional benefits, such as vacation time and bonuses.

With the right qualifications and experience, yacht crew members can make a lucrative living.

The salary range for yacht crew members varies widely by position and experience.

The entry-level position, such as a deckhand, can earn between $2,000 to $3,500 per month, while a captain or engineer can earn between $5,000 to $10,000 per month.

Experienced crew members can earn even more, depending on the size and type of vessel they are working on.

In addition to a salary, yacht crew members often receive additional benefits, such as food, lodging, and health insurance.

Crew members who work on larger vessels may also be entitled to additional bonuses, such as vacation time.

Yacht crew members also have the opportunity to travel and explore the world while working on a yacht.

Working on a yacht can give crew members access to remote locations as well as the opportunity to experience different cultures.

In conclusion, yacht crew members can make a substantial income depending on their position and experience.

With the right qualifications and experience, yacht crew members can make a lucrative living and have the opportunity to explore the world.

Benefits of Being a Yacht Crew Member

For those looking to get into the yachting industry, the potential to make a lucrative living is just one of the many advantages of being a yacht crew member.

In addition to the salary potential, there are also a variety of other benefits that come with working on a yacht.

One of the primary benefits of being a yacht crew member is the free food, lodging, and health insurance many employers provide.

Yacht crew members are typically provided with meals while they are on board and many also receive a daily stipend to cover additional meals while ashore.

Accommodations are also provided, either through a cabin on the yacht or a hotel ashore.

Depending on the employer, health insurance may also be included, providing crew members with additional peace of mind.

Yacht crew members may also be entitled to additional bonuses, such as vacation time.

Those who work on larger vessels may be given the opportunity to take extended breaks, allowing them to explore the area and take some time to relax.

This can be an invaluable experience, especially for those who are new to the industry.

Finally, yacht crew members may be eligible for other types of bonuses, such as tips from passengers or referral bonuses for bringing in new crew members.

These incentives can be an excellent way to supplement income and are often given in addition to the base salary.

Ultimately, the benefits of being a yacht crew member go beyond the salary potential.

With free food, lodging, health insurance, and the chance to explore the world, the advantages of working on a yacht are vast.

With the right qualifications and experience, yacht crew members can make a lucrative and rewarding living.

Qualifications Needed to Become Yacht Crew

how much do you make working on a yacht

Yacht crew members are highly skilled professionals who must possess a variety of qualifications and certifications to become a member of the crew.

Generally, crew members must have experience in a related field, such as sailing, diving, or engineering, and must have completed a relevant certification program in order to work on a yacht.

For example, deckhands must have a valid STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) certificate, which is a minimum requirement for any seafaring job.

In addition, any crew members who will be utilizing navigation systems and other electronic equipment must possess a valid GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) certificate.

In addition to possessing the necessary qualifications and certifications, yacht crew members must also have a good working knowledge of safety protocols, such as firefighting and first aid procedures.

It is also important for crew members to be physically fit and able to handle the demands of working in a physically demanding environment.

Finally, crew members must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work well with others in a team environment.

By working as a member of the yacht crew, individuals can gain valuable experience and skills that will serve them well in the future.

With the right qualifications and experience, yacht crew members can make a lucrative living and enjoy the benefits of working on the open seas.

How to Increase Earnings as a Yacht Crew Member

Working as a yacht crew member can be a lucrative career, depending on the position and experience level of the individual.

To increase earnings, yacht crew members should strive to gain experience, keep up to date with certifications and safety training, and build strong relationships with their employers.

Experience is a key factor in increasing income as a yacht crew member.

The more experience a person has in the marine industry, the more likely they are to land higher-paying jobs.

Crew members should also look for opportunities to gain additional skills, such as navigation or boat maintenance, which can boost their earning potential.

Yacht crew members should also make sure their certifications and safety training are up to date.

Most yachting companies require crew members to complete safety courses and other courses related to the job.

Taking courses to remain certified and knowledgeable about safety regulations can help crew members command higher salaries.

In addition to gaining experience and keeping certifications and safety training up to date, crew members should also strive to build strong relationships with their employers.

Employers are more likely to offer higher salaries and additional benefits to crew members they trust and respect.

Building relationships with employers may also lead to additional opportunities, such as serving as a captain or engineer on larger vessels.

By gaining experience, keeping certifications and safety training up to date, and building strong relationships with employers, yacht crew members can increase their earning potential and make a lucrative living.

Factors that Affect Yacht Crew Salary

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One of the major factors that affects the salary of yacht crew members is the type of vessel they are working on.

For example, deckhands and stewards may make more money on larger yachts, while captains and engineers may make more money on smaller vessels.

Additionally, the size of the yacht can impact the amount of money that crew members make.

Crew members who work on larger yachts may be entitled to additional bonuses, such as vacation time, which can help to boost their income.

The amount of experience that yacht crew members have is also a major factor in determining their salary.

Generally, crew members who have more experience and specialized skills will be able to command higher salaries than those with less experience.

Additionally, crew members may be able to negotiate better wages if they have valuable skills or qualifications that are in demand.

The location of the yacht can also affect the salary of the crew.

Crew members who work in locations with higher costs of living may be able to command higher salaries, as their wages will need to be adjusted in order to cover the additional expenses.

Additionally, crew members who work in areas that are popular among wealthy yacht owners may be able to negotiate higher salaries, as they will be in more demand.

Finally, the type of contract that yacht crew members sign is also a major factor in determining their salary.

Generally, crew members who sign long-term contracts may be able to negotiate higher salaries, as they will be more valuable to the yacht owner.

On the other hand, crew members who sign short-term contracts may be able to negotiate lower salaries, as they will not be as valuable to the yacht owner.

Finding Yacht Crew Jobs

The first step in finding work as a yacht crew member is understanding the various positions available.

Deckhands are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the vessel and ensuring the safety of passengers and crew.

Stewards are responsible for managing the food and beverage services on board the yacht.

Captains and engineers have the highest level of responsibility, as they are in charge of navigating the yacht and ensuring that all of its systems are properly maintained.

Its important to have the right qualifications and experience when applying for a yacht crew position.

Most positions require a minimum of a high school diploma, but some may require additional certifications such as a boating license or CPR certification.

Additionally, many yacht crew members have additional skills such as bartending or culinary experience.

Having a strong work ethic, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work well with others are also important qualities for yacht crew members.

When it comes to finding yacht crew jobs, networking is key.

Joining a professional association or attending industry events can be a great way to meet people in the industry and find out about job opportunities.

Additionally, many yacht owners and charter companies post job openings on their websites or on online job boards.

Its also a good idea to check in with yacht management companies, as they often have access to a wide range of job openings.

Finally, word of mouth is often the best way to find out about job openings, so it pays to let people know that you are looking for work.

Final Thoughts

Working as a yacht crew member can be a highly lucrative career for anyone with the right qualifications and experience.

Depending on the position, a yacht crew member can make anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per month, plus additional benefits such as food, lodging, and health insurance.

With the right qualifications, experience, and knowledge of the industry, a yacht crew member can maximize their earnings and enjoy a lucrative lifestyle.

If you’re interested in becoming a yacht crew member, research the different positions available and their associated salary ranges, as well as the qualifications and experience needed to succeed in the industry.

James Frami

At the age of 15, he and four other friends from his neighborhood constructed their first boat. He has been sailing for almost 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge that he wants to share with others.

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Yacht Crew Salaries By Position

Ever wondered what staff members aboard a luxury yacht charter make? Here’s a breakdown by position. Some may surprise you.

If you have ever binge-watched Below Deck, or daydreamed about working on a luxury yacht, you may have thought to yourself, “I wonder what they make?”. Many people across the world have jumped at the opportunity to rub elbows with the world’s elite while working aboard the most luxurious ships in the world.

If you have wondered what the salaries are for workers on a yacht, and want to take the next step toward a great mix of freedom and pay, joining a luxury yacht crew might be for you.

Crew jobs on yachts can be some of the most rewarding careers available, but they are also challenging. It is important to know what to expect when applying for a crew job. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect to find when applying for a yacht crew job.

Yacht Staff Departments

To understand the yacht crew job descriptions better, you have to understand the different departments in a yacht. These departments include:

  • Deck – passage delivery, safety, outdoor guest activities, and exterior maintenance.
  • Interior – guest wellbeing, housekeeping, accounting, activities.
  • Engineering – smooth running of the yacht and safety.
  • Galley – stock control, hygiene, food preparation, galley maintenance.

On any yacht, the captain is at the top of the hierarchy. They are responsible for reporting to the vessel’s owner via a representative or directly. Below are the job descriptions for yacht crew members in these departments.

Salaries will vary depending on the size, type, location, and use of the yacht. The crew’s experience and qualifications will also play a role in determining their salary.

Deck Department Roles

The captain’s job description includes: keeping the vessel safe and secure, ensuring that all crew members are doing their job, and reporting any safety concerns. Typically, this person will also be in charge of hiring other deck officers for specific duties. Depending on various factors, the captain could be paid $4,200 to $15,800 per month.

Although this an extremely high pay rate, it requires decades of experience typically. Being in charge of the safety of passengers, crew members and potentially a $50 million yacht is serious business!

Chief Officer/First Mate

Chief officers’ responsibilities include supervising the crew’s daily activities, maintaining duties and duties lists, and overseeing crew pay. This is also the person who will be in charge of hiring other crew members and managing the activities or watersports the guests would like to participate in. Typically, this person will make around $3,100 to $14,200 per month.

Second Mate

The second mate’s job description includes: being in charge of navigating the yacht and overseeing any repairs that may be needed. Typically, this person will make around $3,100 to $8,400 per month.

The third mate’s responsibilities include: handling deck chores and maintenance for the yacht. The salary is $2,600 to $6,300 monthly.

A bosun is in charge of safety and security, supervising diving operations and monitoring all deck equipment. They will also maintain the diving records whenever necessary. This person will make around $2,600 to $6,300 monthly.

Interior Department

A purser is responsible for hiring, training, and caring for all crew members. They are sent out to find candidates and supervise their performance in port and during sea trips. They are responsible for every operation in this department. Typical salaries go from $5,200 to $9,400 monthly.

Chief Steward

The chief steward is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising all crew members in the interior department. They will set up work schedules, determine pay scales and enforce penalties if they are not followed. Typical salaries go from $4,800 to $8,800 monthly.

The steward is in charge of the kitchen, taking orders and keeping track of all supplies. They unpack and pack the guest’s luggage and remain on standby at all times in case anything happens. Salaries go from $3,100 to $6,800 monthly.

Engineering Positions

Chief engineer.

He or she is in charge of the engine room and is responsible for ensuring it is operating smoothly. The chief engineer is responsible for providing services to all the other positions on board if needed. They will make around $6,300 to $15,600 monthly.

Second Engineer

As the second in command to the chief engineer, this person will be in charge of all engine room duties and services that need to be done. Salaries are typically around $3,200 to $10,500 per month.

ETO Officer

An ETO officer will oversee all electrical and electronic equipment, including everything from the GPS to the yacht’s peripheral devices, lighting, and communications equipment.

They will be in charge of setting up the systems, testing them during repairs, checking their functionality, and identifying any problems. Salaries are around $4,300 to $8,500 monthly.

Galley Positions

The head chef is in charge of all the food preparation and storage. All food preparation is under the direction of this chef. They are trained professionals who ensure that strict hygiene standards and food safety are maintained. Salaries go from $6,300 to $10,500 monthly.

The sous chef is in charge of food preparation and operations and preparing all menus at the direction of the head chef. They prepare, cook, and serve all food items that the guests require while on board. Salaries go from $3,700 to $8,400 monthly.

Galley Staff

There is a galley staff who works in the galley. Galley staff will be responsible for washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, serving food, and preparing daily menus. Salaries go from $2,500 to $4,300 monthly.

The Bottom Line

This article covers the yacht crew job descriptions for various jobs on the yacht and their salaries. As you plan to secure a job in the yacht crew industry, ensure you know everything you need to about the job. What will be the working hours? Will there be leaves to travel home? You must be prepared before applying for any of these jobs on a yacht charter .

One thing to note is that some ormost of these positions aren’t available on all yacht charters. This will depend on a number of factors including the numbere of guests, size of the yacht, budget of the guests and location of the yacht.

Being a member of a yacht crew is both flexible and very strict at the same time. Your level of service and professionalism are critical to ensuring the esteemed guests have an experience they expect for shelling out tens of thousands of dollars. So, expect very strict rules while on board.

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How Much Can I Earn Working on Private Yachts – Salary Guidelines

Working on private yachts can be a really rewarding job. Whether you choose to do it for only a season or build an entire career out of it.

As with any career, training is required, and the competition is rife once you qualify. But despite all the challenges, if you can land that first job – impress the hat off your Captain and ship-mates – and keep doing that every charter you get, you’re set to for a successful career in the luxury yacht industry.

Expectation vs Reality

This is not a career where once you hit a certain level you can  ‘coast’  through your job. No. Yacht crew life (at any level) is stressful and hard work. It is a job that demands hard work, perfection and attention to detail all day long. 

With many  land-lover  jobs the higher you move up in the ranks the more you can delegate and sometimes even kick-back a bit. Even though that might be partly true for us  sea-dogs  too, your responsibilities increase with your career climb and there is no sitting back. You are busy every second of the day – sometimes for up to 26+ hour shifts. This is also why sometimes many yachties like to stay in a certain position – increase seniority level sure – but stay within the role. It becomes familiar and you understand your responsibilities clearly.

Salary Guidelines

So now that I have your attention, let’s get down to what you could earn working on private yachts. Please note that typically salaries increase with the size of the vessel. Variations occur with the amount of owner/guest use, specific qualifications required, and vessel itinerary. Salaries may change without notice and are simply a guideline for your information.

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  • How to become a Yachtie

So you’re thinking about becoming a Yachtie?

You may have a friend or relative who already works in the industry, or you have watched TV programmes like Below Deck , you know working on a yacht is the right for you, but where do you start? 

With the potential to earn great money, travel, and work with loads of like-minded people, it’s not surprising this job ticks a lot of boxes for many people. 

Becoming a Yachtie and getting paid to work on luxury yachts may seem like a job and industry that only the elite can have access to, or it just seems too confusing to start. 

However, with an understanding of the requirements, certification, and having some expectations of what job role you should be looking for, starting work as a Yachtie will not seem so daunting.

What is a Yachtie?

Before we go any further, let’s make sure we are all singing off the same hymn sheet. 

A Yachtie is a broad term used to describe anyone who works on a yacht. More specifically, it has become the term for people working as yacht crew on superyachts. 

A superyacht is a very large boat that is extremely luxurious and often owned by multi millionaires and billionaires.

These Yachties who work on superyachts hold a number of different positions. Most Yachties will start their superyacht career working as a Deckhand or Stewardess. With more experience and responsibilities, your role will change as you progress up the career ladder. 

It’s worth noting there are other types of yachting and Yachties. The other kind of ‘Yachtie’ could describe those who hold their Yachtmaster qualification and have jobs like skipper charter boats. 

Job roles for new Yachties

Yachties new to the industry (also known as ‘Green’ Yachties) will traditionally apply for entry levels roles, which are Yacht Deckhands or Yacht Stewardesses. 

These are both very different jobs, so you need to be sure which one you want to do and start training for that career path.

Yacht Stewardess (Stew)

A Stewardess, or Steward , looks after the interior of the yacht. This means anything that happens inside the boat, you will be responsible for it. 

Think of any job in the hospitality industry and then combine it into one role on a yacht, that is what you will be doing.

From making beds, doing the laundry, cleaning, serving food, and hosting dinner, you will do it all to a 5-star standard. Anything less than perfect, and your guests won’t be satisfied.

It’s the small things that make the difference between high standards and exceptional standards. You must have a great eye for detail and be able to make sure no stone is left unturned. Everything on board the ship must be 100% perfect at all times.

You will be reporting to Chief Stew, who will be your manager and give you your task list. After a good few seasons as a green Stewardess, you will have enough experience and confidence to apply for Chief Stewardess roles.

Yacht Deckhand

In contrast to the Stewardess role, Deckhands look after the exterior of the boat. 

Predominantly a male role, Deckhands will do everything from general maintenance to cleaning the teak deck, looking after the toys (Jet Skis, etc.), and even driving the tenders.

Deckhands should know how a yacht operates, the basic terminology used onboard, how to tie knots, and loads and loads of enthusiasm. 

Deckhands may also dip in and out of helping the Stewardesses, and it isn’t uncommon for Deckhands to give a hand during busy evening meal preparation and service.

5 steps to Becoming a Yachtie

With an understanding of the job roles available, you can now decide which one best suits you. With the right attitude, qualifications, and knowing where to look for work, becoming a Yachtie is achievable for anyone who wants it. 

  • Have the right attitude
  • Pass an ENG1 medical
  • Complete STCW Basic Safety Training
  • Gain experience
  • Go to a superyacht marina

1. Have the right attitude

Along with gaining the correct qualifications to prove your competence, to become a Yachtie, you must have certain characteristics to thrive in this industry.

Yachties have to be well presented, articulate, know how to take orders, and be able to work hard, all with a smile and enthusiasm. You have to be able to work incredibly long hours, sometimes under stressful conditions, without losing your patience.

Having a job on a superyacht may sound glamorous, but if it’s your 10th day working in a row and you’ve got your head stuck down a toilet trying to clean it, you may want to think again. To become a Yachtie, you have to be happy with spending a lot of time away from home without seeing your friends and family. This may all seem obvious, but this situation does not suit everyone, and without careful consideration of the negatives, you will leave this industry quicker than when you arrived.

2. Pass ENG1 Medical

The first actionable step you need to take to become a Yachtie is gaining an ENG1 medical certificate. The ENG1 medical is an examination by an approved MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) Doctor to make sure you are fit and able to work at sea.

Every single person working at sea must have an ENG1 medical certificate , without this, you are not able to start working on superyachts. The examination will take around 45 minutes, during which the doctor will go through a checklist to make sure you have no underlying health conditions that may impact the safety of you or anyone else on board the ship.

The most common reason new yachties fail the ENG1 is colour blindness. Surprisingly many people can go through their whole life without knowing they are colour blind. However, on board a ship, this can have huge implications. If you cannot identify signals and lights correctly, it will be impossible for you to help navigate the ship in an emergency. Unfortunately, this means you cannot start work as a Yachtie.

3. Complete STCW Basic Safety Training

Another requirement for working at sea is completing STCW Basic Safety Training . Similar to the ENG1 you can only get a job on a yacht if you have the STCW certificate. 

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. It is to make sure that all Seafarers have an understanding of what to do in an emergency and are aware of the procedures required. 

STCW Courses are action-packed and quite a bit of fun. From fire fighting to sea survival, you will get stuck in learning, and learn loads of new skills.

4. Gain experience 

If you are lucky enough to have a job offer on a superyacht, then having your ENG1 and STCW certificates will be enough.

Don’t worry if you haven’t already got a job offer, it’s quite normal to go through all these steps and not have a job lined up yet. If this is the case, gaining more experience and qualifications is a good idea to give you a competitive advantage over anyone else applying for the same job role. 

This is achieved through signing up to a Deckhand or Stewardess Course. On these courses, you will get your standard STCW certificate and a list of extra qualifications demonstrating your competence, ability, and commitment to the industry. 

Deckhands will learn how to drive a small yacht, engine maintenance, general yacht repair, and how to clean teak properly. Stewardesses will understand wine and how to serve it, the art of flower arranging, and how to drive a powerboat. 

5. Go to a superyacht marina

After you have completed your superyacht training, now is the time to head out to France and look for work. Along with signing up to yacht crew recruitment agencies, going to one of the main superyacht marinas and handing out your CV to Captains is a great way to find work. This is known as dockwalking.

If you complete your Superyacht Course with us, you will have the option of signing up to our recruitment day in Antibes, France. We head out to France as a group, talk you through the process and offer you our industry contacts.

This is a great way to start your journey, and all our students find work in no time.

How much do Yachties make?

So you’ve heard you can make a good amount of money working on superyachts? Along with the travel, the great salary is why many people decide to become a Yachtie.

Like a job within any industry, salary varies. A Superyacht will agree on a crew salary budget with the owner of the yacht.

If you are just starting out, you can expect a salary of around €2,200 – €3,200 per month. However, the industry standard is €2,500 per month. Once you gain more experience and qualifications, your salary will increase. 

When you look at the salary at face value, it looks great but not incredible, however when you are at sea, you have zero outgoings. Working on a yacht means you don’t have to pay rent, bills, or buy food which will save you heaps of money compared with working at home.

If you want to see the salaries of all yacht crew, check out our Salary Guide.

Do Yachties pay taxes?

Another reason why the salary is so appealing is that in most cases Yachties don’t have to pay tax. 

This is a government scheme called the Seafarers Earning Deduction , and providing you are eligible, Yachties can keep 100% of their earnings.

To be able to apply for Seafarers Earning Deduction, you must be working on a ship outside of UK waters for a period of 365 days. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a whole year at once away from home, rather you can only apply once all the days you work on a yacht adds up to 365.

Being able to understand this tax scheme will be hugely beneficial before you start working on a Superyacht. 

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Three Primary Factors Combine to Determine the Salary of a Yacht Stewardess

 The interior of the yacht and guest service is the responsibility of the stewardess

The primary factors that determine both the salary and the benefit package scale for the position of stewardess or steward on a yacht are:

  • The Yacht Program and Length

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Functions and responsibilities.

Salaries for stewardess or steward positions aboard yachts range from $24,000 to $108,000 annually. In addition to base salary, there are additional benefits which may be added to the salary package. Dependent on the position, those benefits may include insurances, bonuses, tips, flight expenses, paid vacation, and training costs. Because the positions of stewardess/steward position require living aboard the yacht, additional items are included - uniforms, linens, meals, and sundries.

The salary range chart below is derived from the Luxury Yacht Group database of crew placement. Base salary is cited using the industry standard of a monthly reference. Although the majority of persons working in the positions discussed are female, the responsibilities, salary and benefits would apply to both stewards and stewardesses and will be referenced as “stew” for the remainder of the article.

Yacht Program and Length

How the yacht is used by the owner is the basis for defining the yacht program. Some owners reserve the boat for personal use, other chose to charter (lease to others) the vessel. Amongst the owners who maintain the boat for personal use, time aboard varies from an occasional vacation period to regular use. Personal use can also be defined within the extremes of a circumnavigation or an annual departure from the dock to enjoy a fireworks display. Each program will require different levels of crew count.

Whether the yacht is power or sail also impacts the staffing requirement of the program. Sail yachts are frequently labelled “casual” programs. In terms of staffing that may mean shared positions like a stew/deckhand to accommodate the physical demands of sailing. Some owners also choose to de-emphasize the silver service component of a stewardess position due to the physical challenges of a heeling vessel.

Vessel length not only determines the level of staffing, it also defines accommodation for crew. Aboard smaller vessels, positions of cook/stew or deckhand/stew are frequent adaptations to cover service requirements. On super yachts, a fully staffed interior could exceed a dozen. On every vessel, a stew must be willing and able to assist with lines and fenders on deck.

Basic STCW and an ENG 1 seafarer medical certificate are requirements for any rookie stew to work on a charter yacht. As interior experience is accumulated, additional credentialing is required to move into positions with higher salary or managerial duties. Most stews are expected to serve meals and assist as necessary in the galley. Certification in food handling – which teaches storage, allergies and safety – is a good credential to enhance a resume

A junior position on a large vessel is an excellent first job to get experience. Direction from individuals with established skills and proficiency can accelerate the learning curve of a rookie. Promotion within the industry is prefaced on the detailed knowledge of interior care, fabric cleaning and maintenance. After at least a year in an entry level position, a stew may reach the level of performance required to move into a 2nd stew job and continue learning the ropes.

Five plus years of training and experience (actual time with guests aboard) would be the minimum period to establish the professional standards of a chief stew. During that period a stew should add to their knowledge of wines, cruising geography, and silver service.

A yachting veteran (10 plus years) is able to provide distinctive guest service in every encounter. Certifications in first aid and emergency response are assets to a stew. Regulatory knowledge of ISM (International Safety Management Code) and ISPS (International Ship and Port Security Code) protocols is important. The codes are complex and the consequences of violation are severe.

Proficiency at each level is determined through references. Testimonials about performance by owners, captains and managers are the basis for assessing experience.

The stew is responsible for all basic tasks of interior maintenance and guest service. The person might be acting in a solo capacity, combining the role with another position, or managing a staff. Basic requirements for any level of stew are the ability to work hard as part of a team, excellent service skills, and discretion.

An entry level or junior stew will be assigned tasks like laundry, cabin detailing, valet services, beverage restocking, inventories, polishing, meal service and bartending. As the stew is promoted managerial and accounting tasks will outweigh the hands-on tasks of maintaining the interior.

Hospitality standards are set by the chief stew who will schedule, manage and train the interior team. Once the stew has reached the level of chief, the career requires more event management skills - sourcing, décor, guest activity planning - and liaison with the galley. On some vessels, all financial management and paperwork related to the interior is done by the chief stew who reports to the captain. Multitasking and the ability to delegate are essential to success.

At all levels, understanding cultural differences in communication and being able to manage through stressful circumstances (with a smile) are key to attaining the superior service expected of a yacht stew.

The position of stew is fundamental to the guest experience. The stewardess who demonstrates skill, experience and credentialing that match the yacht program can command an annual salary and benefit package over $100,000.

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Yacht Crewing 101 - Getting Started!

Have you ever looked longingly at those huge luxury yachts in ports like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida and wished you could sail away to anywhere on the next one that pulls up anchor? If the answer to that question is yes, then you are already half-way to becoming a yacht crew member. Most crew members say that the Number 1 quality yacht owners and operators look for in their onboard staff members is a love for yachts and the ocean. But there's more to working on a yacht than you might think.

Here's the basic information you need to help you make a decision about whether yacht crewing is right for you.

Who Makes the Best Crew Members?

First you might be wondering if working on a yacht will work for you and your lifestyle. Here are some points to keep in mind that can answer that question.

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  • The pay can be great- or not. Entry level crew members typically receive the lowest pay, but you can work your way up. Captains, team leaders, and similar crew members can make between $2,000 and $4,000 per month or higher. If you're working abroad your salary may not be subject to U.S. taxes, plus you won't have rent, groceries, and other bills to pay, so the salary can go father.
  • Your bosses can be demanding. If you work on a privately owned yacht, then you'll be working directly for the yacht owner. Of course yacht owners can be great to work for, or horrific - just like any other boss. It's true, however, that most yacht owners expect great service. They want the yacht to be spotless and the food great - all while being served with a smile.
  • The hours can be long. While you are cruising you can find yourself working from 6:00 AM to midnight in order to meet your passengers' needs. Sometimes you may not have much of a break throughout the day.
  • The work can be never-ending, and requires physical labor. You need to be physically fit and prepared to work on your feet for long periods of time. You may have to scrub toilets, as well as the exterior of the yacht. It's not glamorous work, even though some of the benefits can be.

If after learning that the work can be sporadic, often low paying, and involves a lot of physical labor and long hours you still like the idea of working on a yacht, then yacht crewing is definitely right for you. And you won't be alone. What crew members love most about yachting is the ability to travel to some of the world's most beautiful locations, the camaraderie of working as part of a team, and the joy of being out on the open ocean. They find that the positives far outweigh the negatives.

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Life Onboard a Yacht

So you already know that you'll work long hours and perform mostly physical labor. But there's still a lot more you want to know about what it's like to work on a yacht. First, it's likely you will share a cabin with another crew member. The good news is that on most yachts, while your cabin may be small, it is usually in good condition and better than the average motel room. Your food should be good, too.

Most of the time you will get some time off to enjoy the fabulous locations you're visiting. You can also get to know people from all over the world.

There are some rules you should keep in mind as well. Here are some of the most common rules you'll encounter as a yacht crew member.

  • Drugs and alcohol are not permitted onboard. When you are off duty and no passengers are on the yacht you may be able to indulge in an alcoholic beverage or two, but that depends on the yacht and its owner.
  • No smoking onboard.
  • No guns or weapons are allowed onboard.
  • You must know and follow all safety regulations.
  • You must be clean and well groomed, and have a service-oriented attitude.
  • What happens onboard stays onboard. Your guests' and/or owners' privacy is paramount.
  • Go above and beyond the call of duty. Not only does this keep you working, but it gives you higher tips as well.

There are many more details about working as a yacht crew member. That's why you'll find many articles on this site that will give you more in-depth information on subjects such as the different kinds of yachts, how to get a job, where to find a job, job descriptions, training, and much more. It's all the information you need to find that ideal job as a yacht crew member, so your dream of sailing away can come true.

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The 'Below Deck' Crew Works Hard For Their Pay

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It's lucky to find a well-paying career that doubles as a passion, and many people have to settle for one or the other, even reality stars. So how much does the crew of Below Deck make? They all seem to love the sea, though their salaries don't compare to those of the rich and famous people who charter their services. But being a steward or a deckhand seems like a great job. Flexible schedules, plenty of time outside, and the shot at some major tips all combine to make this a perfect career path for anyone who loves boats and can manage service with a smile.

The crew that's actually featured on Below Deck succeeds and fails to various degrees, but their profession is one that takes a certain combination of skills and makes Captain Lee's plane ticket policy totally necessary. Once you hire someone for a charter, you're stuck with them until it ends. If you've ever been worried about your performance review at work, at least be thankful that you're not marooned at sea with an angry boss. Anyway, the actual salaries vary depending on the different jobs available to the crew. But the best way to ensure that you get paid well is to provide amazing service, because that $1,000 bonus at the end of each charter is what everyone is working towards.

Yacht Captain: Lee

how much do you make working on a yacht

According to a reference guide by Luxury Yacht Group, which provides salary ranges for all yachting roles quoted here, a captain can make from $7,000 to $20,000 a month, depending on experience and the size of their yacht. The Eros is 160 feet (on the large side), while Captain Lee's Bravo bio says he has 20 years of experience, and has had his captain's license since he was 35. So he probably makes closer to that $20,000 figure.

Chief Stew: Kate

how much do you make working on a yacht

Kate, as the chief stew, takes on a significant amount of work above and beyond the normal duties of a steward. And she's had years of experience, so I'm willing to bet she maxes out LCG's estimate of $9,000 a month.

Bosun: Eddie

how much do you make working on a yacht

Back on the deck crew, a bosun will take home somewhere in the range of $3,000-$6,000 a month, which seems low compared to the amount of responsibility Eddie's taken on managing the deck crew, though he could have a unique rate due to that.

Engineer/Deckhand: Don

how much do you make working on a yacht

Don seems pretty insistent on the difference between an engineer and a deckhand, especially because he feels that an engineer usually doesn't have to listen to the bosun. Luxury Charter Group has an estimate for exactly that role, proving it must be somewhat common in the yachting community. Turns out Don is probably making between $3,000-5,000 a month.

Second Stew: Amy

how much do you make working on a yacht

As Kate's second in command, Amy, qualifies for somewhere between $2,500 and $5,000 per month, depending on her experience and what she was able to negotiate, because Amy's ability to sweet talk must make it easy for her to coax even the toughest yacht hiring service into a few dollars more.

Third Stew: Rocky

how much do you make working on a yacht

She probably makes about $2,500 per month, which could be equal to other crew members depending on where they fall in their various salary ranges.

Deckhand: Connie/Emile

how much do you make working on a yacht

Connie might be the hardest working person on the ship, and yet her estimate is $4,000 a month, based on LCG's cross section of yacht size and experience. Emile has less experience than Connie, so he's probably making closer to $2,500 per month.

Ship Chef: Leon

how much do you make working on a yacht

Leon is an incredibly experienced chef, but he hasn't been getting along with the rest of the crew because he doesn't have the same yachting experience as many of the others. But that doesn't stop him from earning up to $12,000 a month, which may explain his "F the haters" mentality so far. Let's hope that figure is enough to bring Ben back.

Basically, when a yachtie is working, for the most part they are making a good a salary. But as Below Deck has demonstrated, the hours can be very long, charters can be scarce at certain parts of the year, and getting fired can happen at any time. Build experience and work on a large boat of a challenging size, however, and you will find that the life of a charter yacht crew member can be a great way to make a living.

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Work On A Yacht

The Crew of Megayacht "Allegria" (2010). Photo by Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV

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Official Yacht Stewardess Job Descriptions and Salaries (Including a Salary Chart)

June 12, 2018 By Julie Perry

For some even more straight-from-the-book fun, I present to you below the official job descriptions for the various yacht steward/ess roles. These are pulled directly from The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess Chapter 3—a chapter that actually contains descriptions for each of the positions onboard, from Captain to Engineer, and from Executive Chef to Deckhand. And they are all presented with accompanying salary ranges.

The Crew of Megayacht "Allegria" (2010). Photo by Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV

The Crew of Megayacht “Allegria” (2010). Photo by Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV

So if you’re interested in a yachting career in another department outside of a superyacht’s interior, consider picking up a copy of my book to learn more . (The “how to get started” information in Part II of the book really does pertain to most any entry-level position.)

Official Yacht Steward/ess Job Descriptions

Meanwhile, here are your yacht stewardess job descriptions, with a detailed salary chart found at the end of this post:

CHIEF STEWAR/DESS (Annual Salary Range: $39,000–$96,000+)

Job Function —The chief stewardess will carry out his or her duties and responsibilities under the direction and authority of the captain. As the person ultimately responsible for the interior of the vessel and for providing superior hospitality service to meet the owner’s and guests’ expectations, the chief stew will also train and manage any lower-ranking stews under his or her supervision. Excellent service, host/ess, and managerial skills are a necessity, as is having a good degree of creative flair.


  • Responsible for the everyday smooth operation of the boat’s interior department, which means being adept in the arts of housekeeping services, laundry procedures and wardrobe management, food and beverage service and cleanup, and entertaining (while maintaining proper etiquette and a high-energy, can-do attitude at all times)
  • Responsible for directing, motivating, and training the lower-ranked stews (2nd, 3rd, and so on)—if any are onboard—which includes the assignment and scheduling of rotational duties and implementing Human Resources (HR) procedures and guidelines
  • Providing valet services and overall guest care. Note: In the hospitality industry, “valet” refers to any employee who performs personal services for guests (and refers to more than just parking cars, which is what we normally associate it with). With regard to yacht stews, valet services include tasks such as packing and unpacking guests’ luggage, caring for their personal items and specialty garments, and even making daily activity arrangements for them.
  • Protecting, maintaining, and caring for valuable interior items and surfaces, such as artwork, silks, china, crystal, linens, fine woodwork, and marbles
  • Creating, implementing, and monitoring a financial planning system that includes accounting and budgeting for interior department needs
  • Creating, implementing, and maintaining an informational management system of interior inventories and maintenance procedures
  • Provisioning to maintain inventory supplies and cover guest usage
  • Collaborating with the executive chef regarding meal service for the guests
  • Creative planning and quality service of theme dinners and occasional guest parties
  • Keeping all interior storage areas organized, orderly, and maintained
  • Crew uniform purchasing
  • Writing and updating all interior manuals and guest-information documents
  • Maintaining and displaying knowledge of international etiquette and protocol
  • Watchkeeping in accordance with the list of responsibilities in the crew mess
  • Exterior-crew support as needed (requiring proficiency with exterior lines and fenders)
  • Selecting, purchasing, and serving fine wines, specialty teas, and cigars, which may require advanced training
  • Planning and managing destination experiences proficiently
  • Assuming full responsibility for certain onboard safety tasks (as assigned by the first mate) in an emergency

Qualifications —A chief stewardess should possess some type of training and experience in the areas of bartending, silver service, cigar service, and wine presentation and service. (The more extensive a stew’s wine knowledge, the better.) STCW BST certification is now mandatory for a chief-stew position, and previous yachting experience on either charter or private vessels is most always required. It is also recommended that you obtain an ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate, or its equivalent. Floral arranging and table decorating skills prove to be an advantage, while an Advanced/Medical First Aid Certificate or a higher degree of medical training is also a major bonus. In fact, many chief stews are now taking courses to become certified as a yacht’s Medical Person-in-Charge. This requires a seven-day course that will satisfy the standards set forth by the STCW Code A-VI/4, 4.4-4.6, offered at many of the marine training schools. While the new PYA Interior-Crew G.U.E.S.T certification is not mandatory (as of July 2013), it is wise to follow the courses outlined and seek out equivalent intermediate and/or advanced interior-crew training classes, if not sign up for the full PYA G.U.E.S.T course modules.

A chief yacht stewardess pays for a floral display delivery.

A Chief Superyacht Stewardess handles the ordering of provisions and other guest amenities for the yacht, which might include things like floral displays that the interior crew is too overwhelmed to handle on its own. While that may sound like an easy task, consider that no matter how many years a yacht stew has been doing this job, he or she will always end up in a new port (sometimes half-way around the world). First, he or she must find a reputable vendor. And not only do fresh flower arrangements need to be ordered, but they must be paid for as well. A chief stew must keep thorough accounting throughout a trip and make sure all vendors and provisioners are paid from the right accounts. Photo Credit: Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV.

STEWARDESS—2nd and 3rd Stews; sometimes referred to as Senior and Junior Stews (Annual Salary Range: $30,000–$54,000+)

Job Function —A 2nd or 3rd stew will carry out his or her duties and responsibilities under the direction and authority of the chief stew and the captain. Individuals holding these positions are responsible for assisting with the maintenance of the interior of the vessel and providing superior hospitable service, in line with the owner’s and guest’s expectations. Hostess skills should be well developed to fully accommodate the owners and their guests while onboard.

  • Maintaining interior housekeeping during a trip (detail cleaning) while also being held largely responsible for guest-cabin care
  • Laundry, ironing, and other wardrobe maintenance tasks for guests and sometimes crew (when guests are onboard)
  • Applying excellent guest service (including silver service) and expert bartending skills when called upon
  • Guest care and valet services
  • Assisting in the creative planning and quality service of theme dinners
  • Assisting with physical product inventories, provisioning, writing and updating checklists, and all other applicable tasks within interior
  • Exterior-crew support as needed

Qualifications —This is an entry-level position; while previous yachting experience is not required, it does bring added salary benefits. STCW BST certification is now mandatory for obtaining even entry-level work on a megayacht. It is also recommended that you obtain an ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate, or its equivalent. Table service, bartending, and cocktail-service experience or equivalent qualification are crucial to landing a job—training and certification recommendations for these can be found in Chapter 7 of The Insiders’ Guide to Becoming a Yacht Stewardess. While the new PYA Interior-Crew G.U.E.S.T certification is not mandatory (as of July 2013), it is wise to follow the courses outlined and seek out equivalent introductory interior-crew training classes, if not sign up for the full PYA G.U.E.S.T introduction modules.

Yacht Stewardesses at Work

Yacht Stewardesses at Work Photo Credit: Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV

Dual Positions

On smaller and midsize vessels, where not as many crewmembers are needed (nor is there room for them), the core crew positions listed in the last section are often fused into what I call “dual positions.” An individual hired into such a position will assume a dual role and be expected to wear more than one “hat” during the course of a day.

Here are some examples:

  • Deckhand-Stew
  • 2nd Engineer-Deckhand
  • Captain-Engineer
  • Stew-Purser

Steward/ess Salaries

According to Dockwalk’s annual Crew Salary Survey in September 2013 , steward/esses are making a wide variety of salaries these days, and the amount of experience and training they have makes a difference. Of course, the size of the yachts will also be a factor. Compensation for chief stews runs anywhere from $3,450 to $5,650 a month on smaller yachts (80 to 140 feet) to $5,200 to $8,000 a month on yachts over 140 feet. It is very common now to see $65K and $70K salaries, or even $90K+ on the much larger vessels. Salaries for entry-level yacht stewardesses start out between $30K–$43K a year, or $2,500–$3,600 a month.

Base salaries for stewardesses, when compared with those of food and beverage servers, cabin stews, and laundry staff on cruise ships, are slightly higher. But where the potential income differences become dramatic is when you consider the tips one can earn working on luxury charter yachts, or the bonuses and perks afforded the crew on solely private yachts.

Here is a table that sums up salary ranges for the various stew roles within the interior department on a megayacht / superyacht:

Steward/ess Salary Ranges

While annual salary guidelines are given above, again, keep in mind that the ranges are wide because salaries will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the yacht, the use of the yacht (private or charter), the style of boat (power or sail), and what other benefits are available to the crew, such as insurance packages or education reimbursement. Salaries may also vary depending on the specific qualifications of a crewmember, the amount of time the owner and guests use the vessel, and what itinerary will be traveled. Furthermore (and I cannot emphasize this enough), the compensation ranges listed are base salaries and do not reflect tips, if those are applicable.

Yacht Crew Have Got 99 Problems, But Living Expenses Ain’t One of Them

The first thing people always say after I give them the above salary figures: “Gee, is that all? I thought you said it paid well?” And someone will always add, “Oh, well I can get paid that same amount to take an entry-level office job.”

But here’s the kicker: no expenses.

Most all positions on luxury yachts require you to live aboard and travel with the vessel, and therefore, your room and board are completely covered. It is customary and expected that everything you need on a daily basis is provided by the yacht owner—your meals, your uniforms, laundry detergent, linens, and on most boats, even your personal hygiene products, such as soap and toothpaste. Meanwhile, your earnings automatically go into your bank account.

What other job can you take where, at the end of the year, you have nearly your entire salary sitting in your bank account, relatively untouched? Most people in other industries are lucky if they save 1/10 of the amount they earn in a year. Why? Because they are paying rent and utilities, buying and maintaining cars, and purchasing all the clothes they wear to work each day. And let’s not forget groceries.

Ready to find out how to get started one your way to working on a yacht? All the advice you need to land that first yacht job can be found in this guide . Good luck!

Megayacht Stewardess and Crew

Megayacht crewmembers. Photo Source: Suki Finnerty of YachtingToday.TV.

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How much money can you make working on yachts?

It seems to be the question everyone wants to know the answer to lately. Especially as Below Deck has risen in popularity. I bet you have sat there wondering “How much does the crew on Below Deck make?” Of course, the TV show is different to the real world and the yacht crew on Below Deck will also be getting various other sponsorship deals out of it too.

Ignoring Below Deck, how much can you, as a junior crew member make? If you have never worked on a boat before you will be considered “green”. Sometimes you will see “green stew” or “green deckhand” roles advertised, this just means the yacht is open to employing someone who has no experience.

Read on to find out more about how much you should expect to make in your first year of yachting.

What is the salary of a yacht stewardess?

If setting beautiful tablescapes, and ironing gets you excited, maybe you have started looking into how to be a stewardess already. If you think you have the skills to stew but want to know if it’s worth it, read on.

A green stewardess should be making €3000+ per month in her first year. This is pretty much the minimum wage for stews. It’s not a lot, sure. But you may not have to pay tax on that, depending on your tax situation. And don’t forget everything is paid for onboard the yacht. You won’t need to buy toiletries, pay rent, power, or even cover medical expenses. The boat will cover all of those expenses leaving you with a stack of cash each month.

As you work your way up in the industry, expect that to increase. Even without HOD status, there are stews with a couple of years of experience making €5-6k per month on private yachts.

Of course, working on charter yachts is a different story. Keep reading to find out how much you will make working on charter yachts.

How much does a deckhand make on a yacht?

Deckhands have a really interesting skill set. When you enter the super yachting industry, you will be likely to have some attributes such as a passion for watersports, or a background in handyman type work. But rarely do deckhands come into the industry with professional-level tender driving skills, teak maintenance know-how, or sikaflex skills. These are all taught on the job and a junior deckhand salary usually reflects this.

Junior deckhands usually command a lower starting salary than their junior stewardess counterparts. Expect to make €2800+ per month initially. Some yachts will boost that salary up after you have passed probation (usually 3 months) but others really do pay low and expect you to graft for a bit and “pay your dues” so to speak.

Keep in mind, you may not have to pay tax on this (again, check your own country’s laws and your tax status within them) and everything is provided for you on the boat.

After a year or so in the industry, or if you have additional skills, such as a carpenter degree, expect to boost that wage up considerably.

how much does a yacht chef make?

What is a yacht chef salary?

Many restaurant chefs ask how much a yacht chef makes. And it’s because yacht chefs can command very high salaries in their first year as yacht chefs that it is a lucrative career path. A good chef can be hard to find, and captains and owners know how important food is for both the crew and the guests. A successful charter often hangs on the food.

If you have Michelin experience or extensive restaurant experience, and if you have a culinary degree you can command a higher salary. Depending on the boat size, you can expect to start as a chef on a yacht for around €5000+ per month. If you land a head chef role on a vessel over 80m, expect that salary to double. If you work as a sous chef on yachts, you will likely make €4500-€6000per month.

Salaries for yacht chefs is very dependent on the yacht size and the programme of the yacht. A new yacht chef can very easily get a job paying more than €10k per month if they happen to have the right skill and be available at the right time.

If you are considering becoming a yacht chef, but do not have a formal culinary education, you can still enter the industry. Stew/Chefs are common on smaller yachts (25-30m) the workload and culinary expectations are very different. A stew/chef can expect to make €3500per month in their first year.

Deck/chef is a very uncommon role.

Related: if you want to know more about being a yacht chef and how to get started, there are free resources and information at

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How much will I earn as an engineer on superyachts?

If you are considering working on superyachts as an engineer, it is likely that you already have commercial tickets. Many engineers come into the industry this way as it makes a great change from the commercial shipping side of life. If you are wondering how the pay differs from how much an engineer on a superyacht gets paid, keep reading!

Firstly, you will likely be starting in a rotational role. This means you will only 6 months a year, assuming you get a time for time rotation. It is common for yacht engineers to go straight into a rotational role. There are no such things as having to prove yourself in yachting for this to happen- so long as you have those commercial tickets. Salary for yacht engineers is also somewhat dependent on the yacht size and your experience. A Second Engineer might make €6000 per month (again, only working 6 months a year but being paid for 12) but a Chief Engineer on the same sized yacht could be on €12,000 easily.

Most Engineers join yachting as a second engineer first before stepping up to chief. Even if their tickets allow them the role of a chief. Because the engineering department is so specialized with their tickets and the types of yachts/engines each engineer has experience on, the salary is just a ballpark.

If you do not have any commercial tickets but you are handy with a spanner and think like an engineer, you can enter yachting with very basic engineering qualifications. You will need to sit the AEC course to be allowed to work in the engine room on big yachts. This role will generally not be rotational, as you will be learning on the job and of course, will be doing all the dirty jobs. Expect to make around €4000per month as a starting salary.

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Is it tax free working on superyachts?

This is a question I get asked a lot. Do I have to pay tax? At the end of the day, that’s your decision. You should contact your own accountant in the country where you are a tax resident to confirm if you have to pay tax or how much. Yachting can be a tax-free job for some people.

How much money will I make on a charter yacht?

Everyone wants to know about charter yachts and charter tips. How much do guests tip? How much money will I make working on charter yachts? When do I get rich!? ha. Ok, but seriously, charter tips are not a given. I’ve had many times where I have joined a charter yacht with dollar signs in my eyes. only for the charters to cancel or in one case, the guests didn’t even leave a tip! So you shouldn’t consider going to a charter yacht purely on the tips alone.

But ok, you want to know how much you will make for a charter tip?

How long is a piece of string? I know of crew getting €0 for a charter, and I know of plenty who have gotten tens of thousands of dollars or euros per week-long charter.

Keep in mind…

When you accept a yacht job, no matter what department you will be working in. There are other things to consider when you see the salary.

Is it private or charter?

Is the yacht dual season? if it is a dual season, you will likely be busier with work.

How many charters do they already have confirmed for the upcoming season?

What is the nationality of the owners? (This is important for the chef, as some nationalities have different expectations)

What is the leave package like? Do you have some form of rotation? Do you get weekend off (uncommon, but not impossible)

Is there a 13-month bonus?

What other retention programmes does the yacht offer the crew? Some will pay for courses etc

So, how much will I make working on a superyacht?

I really can’t say. There are averages and unofficial rates. But every yacht will tweak this as best as they see fit. A busier programme might balance the role with more rotation. A quieter programme may pay less, but you have weekends off and laid back owners etc. It really all depends on the programme and what sort of yacht you are looking for.

Money is not everything, and I wouldn’t suggest chasing a dream job on the salary alone.

Dockwalk has a really good table of yacht crew salaries that is updated each year. It is self reposted and of course not all yacht crew participate, but it should give you an idea of what the salaries are for yacht crew in 2023.

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How much does yacht crew make in tips.

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Do yacht crews get tips?

On average how much does yacht crew make in tips ?  If you are working a 1-week charter trip you will get tipped between 5%-15% of the weekly charter price. This is industry standard and could be more and less depending on the charter guests.

But, just how generous will your typical yacht crew tip be on your first boss or charter trip ? While you may have read past stories about yacht crew receiving staggeringly large tips for their work aboard a superyacht. In general, brokers advise tipping between 5%-20% , depending on the yacht and the location. It is usually towards the lower in the Med than the US and Caribbean to make tips as yacht crew.

How much does yacht crew make in tips ?

There are many factors that come into consideration when yacht owners and guests decide to tip at the end of their time on board, including the attitude and demeanour of the crew on board. Other contributing factors may include crew going above and beyond in their work, and the culture and customs of the guests themselves.

As with any job and service, the charter guests decide how much or as little as they like to tip the yacht crew, depending on their personal feelings as to whether they received value for money during their charter or trip. But, just how are you going to make sure you get a good tip. Here are some key tips to to find out how much yacht crew makes in charter tips ?

Make a lot in Yacht Charter tips.

Follow this guidelines to make sure your first Boss and Charter trip is successful and to really find out how much does yacht crew make in tips.

Tip 1. Internet usage

Internet is primarily for the guests and Owners. We use satellites on board for internet use and the speed with many crews on board can be limited. Avoid streaming services and large downloads. Be considerate to another crew. And think twice before posting to social media about yacht operations. The IT department is responsible for this service and they can track all the usage. If you abuse it you might be banned.

Tip 2. Charter tips for Yacht Crew – Owner and guest Relations

Around the guests act professional, good appearance and friendly. When interacting with guests do this t0 receive charter tips as yacht crew.

  • Be discrete and diplomatic, even if the guests are rude, deal with it with respect.
  • Never challenge the guest, in case a problem call your HOD or Captain.
  • Do not comment on either guests or crew in any bad way.
  • Keep the noise down at all times, walk on your toes and do not slam doors.
  • Keep yourself updated and communicate with other departments about guest whereabouts. To ensure the guests are not disturbed and so that vacant areas can be cleaned while the guests are away. 
  • Do not bang equipment, use tool that causes noise and think about if the area where you currently are is good for vacuuming or not.
  • Do not run or panic on board (or you won’t find out how much does yacht crew make in tips )
  • No personal phones on deck
  • Never wear headphones for music Keep your radio volume low but make sure you can hear all messages coming through.

What is the salary for yacht crew before tips ?

The average yacht salary for a brand new Junior Stewardesses working on yachts before tips is ranging from 2400€-3200€. Yachts based in the US with a US dollar salary generally pay a bit more, which is good for crew in 2022 considering the dollar/EUR exchange rate.

The average yacht salary for a brand new Junior Deckhand working on yachts before tips is ranging from 2400€-3200€. Yachts based in the US with a US dollar salary generally pay a bit more, which is good for crew in 2022 considering the dollar/EUR exchange rate.

Both the salary for Deckhands and Stewardesses are an average salary and will depend on: 

  • Yacht Size (20-180m)
  • Yacht Type ( Sailing/Motor)
  • Yacht Ownership (Private/Charter)
  • Holiday Packages/Tips and Bonuses

Summary – How much does yacht crew make in tips?

To calculate exactly how much you will make in salary and tips working on a Superyacht as a Junior crew members you need to take all the above parameters into account.

Example 1 – Salary for a Junior Deckhand on a 100m Private Yacht

  •  Starting Salary 2800€
  • Holiday Package 3 months on 1 month off – Total 120 days of per year.
  • Tips – No Tips, private use only
  • Yearly Bonus 5000€

Total Salary and bonuses: 38 600 € Paid Holiday: 120 days

Example 2 – Salary for a Junior Stewardess on a 45m Charter Yacht

  •  Starting Salary 2200€
  • Holiday Package 38 days leave per year
  • Tips – 3000€ average per week. 10 weeks of charters 30 000 in tips.

Total Salary and tips: 56400€ Paid Holiday: 38 Days

This is an example that shows how much ending salaries can be, and you as a crew member when choosing yacht and position have to keep in mind the working hours and holidays as well, compared to the salary and tips on board.

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10 March Madness tips from a certified bracket master

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As you stare at your blank March Madness bracket, don’t focus on the 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 different ways this men’s basketball tournament could play out, or worry about which teams are going to be the talk of the country for their stunning first-round upsets. We are going to walk through the best way to construct a bracket so it is the last one standing in your office or family pool — and help you answer the questions that actually matter.

March Madness

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The approach outlined here is similar to the one I used last year to correctly identify six of the Elite Eight teams — San Diego State, Kansas State, Miami, Texas, Connecticut and Gonzaga, none of which were No. 1 seeds. That approach also helped me predict that fourth-seeded Connecticut would make the Final Four, and that fifth-seeded San Diego State would reach the title game, picks that helped plenty of my readers win their pools. If you followed the “People’s Bracket” last year — the most popular picks for every round in ESPN’s contest — you would have finished with 45 points in standard scoring systems, with only one Elite Eight team and none of the Final Four. My bracket finished with 96 points.

(If you have specific questions, please submit a note for our Reader Q&A . I’ll be answering questions Tuesday at 1 p.m. You can even upload your full bracket and let me critique it.)

To build our strategy, we’re going to incorporate historical trends, make some educated guesses based on analytics and lean on betting markets to point us in the right direction. Some of these tips may be new to you, but rest assured this is the correct path to take — and a far more productive blueprint than making picks based on school colors, mascots or the advice of noisy TV pundits.

Don’t start filling out your bracket with Round 1; start with the Elite Eight or Final Four

Most people sit down with their brackets, start at the 1 vs. 16 matchup in the top left corner and work their way through that region until they come to the Final Four. We’re not most people. We start with the teams we think will reach the Elite Eight or the Final Four and work backward to reduce the number of decisions we need to make.

Why? Because according to a March 2020 study in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (“ Models for generating NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket pools ”), bracket generators that start by selecting the teams that reach the Elite Eight or Final Four tend to outperform generators that start with the round of 64 or the national champion. It’s also the “ best for balancing initial pick risk against the number of decisions ,” per Sheldon H. Jacobson, a computer science professor at Illinois and one of the authors of the paper.

You can find my full “Perfect Bracket” here , but here’s a spoiler: No. 4 seed Auburn looks awfully enticing. The Tigers enter the tournament as the fourth-best team in the country, per analyst Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, which adjust margin of victory for tempo and strength of schedule. The Tigers also have one of the best defenses in the country. They’re in a powerhouse East Region with No. 1 seed Connecticut, No. 2 seed Iowa State and No. 3 seed Illinois, but that just means fewer of your competitors focus on them.

Look for value in the Elite Eight

According to data from ESPN’s past tournament pools, No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are typically well represented in the public’s Elite Eight. An average No. 1 seed is advanced to that round by 63 percent of entrants, while an average No. 2 seed is found in the Elite Eight on nearly half of all brackets. That tells us we should look elsewhere for our choices when possible, especially if we’re entering larger pools.

Specifically, look for highly rated teams in Pomeroy’s rankings that have been under-seeded in the tournament. You could also target lower-seeded teams that have a high consensus rating, using analyst Ken Massey’s aggregation of dozens of rating methods, relative to the field. In addition to Auburn, a team to consider is No. 5 Saint Mary’s in the West Region. The Gaels won the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles, reeled off 16 straight wins at one point this year and rank 20th in Pomeroy’s ratings.

Be selective picking upsets

Validation from picking upsets — defined here as a win by a team at least two seed lines below the losing team — is wonderful. I should know; I had fifth-seeded San Diego State in the title game last year , as you might have heard. Yet there probably aren’t as many of these upsets as you think, even in the early rounds. Since 1985, when the men’s field expanded to 64 teams, there have been, on average, 12 of these upsets per tournament .

Sometimes there are more — there were 14 last year, in a historically wacky tournament — and sometimes there are fewer — there were only four in 2007. As you would expect, the deeper you get into the tournament, the fewer such upsets occur. And obviously, if two lower-seeded teams meet in a later round, one will advance, even if it might not be a huge upset by seed.

So how do you decide which teams are capable of busting brackets? If you are comfortable with sports betting, check out the point spreads for each individual game and find lower-seeded teams that are either small underdogs or favored outright. Some of those this season include No. 10 Drake (which is favored over No. 7 Washington State), No. 11 New Mexico (which is favored over No. 6 Clemson) and No. 10 Nevada (which is favored over No. 7 Dayton), although there are also other appealing first-round upset candidates . And No. 11 Oregon is just a slight underdog against No. 6 South Carolina.

You could also check out the consensus rankings and make decisions accordingly. Historically speaking, the higher-rated team wins approximately 67 percent of the time, giving you a good indicator of a few potential upsets to target.

The size of your pool will tell you how much risk to take

If you are in a small pool — say, 25 people or less — you want to minimize your risk. That means not picking a large number of surprises, especially in the late rounds, and focusing on the favorites.

As the pool size gets bigger, it’s necessary to take more calculated risks to make your bracket unique. In other words, if you pick a favorite to win the title in a big pool — meaning you aren’t guaranteed much of anything even if your team wins — you need to be contrarian elsewhere, like picking a Cinderella team to reach the Final Four or taking more risks in the early rounds. If you decide to make riskier plays in the later rounds — the Elite Eight and beyond — you can play it safer leading up to the Sweet 16. Last year’s successful Perfect Bracket predicted that 12 of the top 16 seeds would advance to the Sweet 16; the riskier picks later on carried the bracket to success.

Don’t buy into the 12-seed mystique. Focus on the No. 11 seeds instead

You are going to hear a lot about how appealing the No. 12 seeds are, and how often they upset No. 5 seeds in the first round. That used to be the case, but lately there’s a better strategy. Since 2011, when the field expanded to 68 teams, No. 12 seeds have an 18-30 record against No. 5 seeds in the round of 64. The No. 11 seeds, by comparison, are 25-23 in their matchups against the No. 6 seeds — and often with a whole lot less hype. My top first-round upset picks this year include No. 11 New Mexico over No. 6 Clemson and No. 11 N.C. State over No. 6 Texas Tech.

Believe in at least one ‘First Four’ team

The First Four games open the tournament, pitting the last four automatic qualifiers against each other and the last four at-large teams against each other. The winners of the First Four games advance into the field of 64. They don’t all succeed there, but from 2011 to 2023, only once (in 2019) has an at-large First Four team failed to win a game in the 64-team bracket.

The most famous example is VCU steamrolling into the Final Four as a No. 11 seed in 2011. A decade later, UCLA went from the First Four to Final Four after beating No. 1 Michigan in the Elite Eight. La Salle (2013), Tennessee (2014) and Syracuse (2018) are other First Four teams with multiple wins in the 64-field tournament.

Last year got even crazier, when Fairleigh Dickinson became the first automatic qualifier to go from a First Four win to claiming a game in the round of 64. They did it in historic fashion, upsetting No. 1 Purdue to become just the second No. 16 seed to reach the round of 32.

And because these teams aren’t penciled into the 64-team grid on Sunday night, many bracket-pickers avoid them — which can give you an even bigger edge. This year, the “First Four” teams include four No. 10 seeds: Virginia plays Colorado State, and Boise State faces Colorado. Take a close look at the winners of those two games.

Favor teams that did well in conference tournaments

There was a time when you wanted your eventual title team to have won its just-concluded conference tournament, but that’s no longer necessary. From 1999 to 2010, eight out of 12 national champions previously won their conference tournaments. In the 12 tournaments since, just four conference champions won the national championship.

However, every national championship-winning team since 1985 — with the exception of UCLA in 1995 and Arizona in 1997, which didn’t have a conference tournament — has lasted at least to the semifinal round in its conference tournament. So plan on avoiding teams that made an early exit, at least for your national title pick. This year, such teams include No. 3 seed Creighton, No. 4 seed Duke, No. 4 seed Kansas and three teams from the SEC: No. 2 seed Tennessee, No. 3 seed Kentucky and No. 4 seed Alabama. Kansas at least had an excuse; Kevin McCullar Jr. and Hunter Dickinson missed the Jayhawks’ loss to Cincinnati because of injuries, and Parker Braun wasn’t 100 percent.

Focus on the statistics that matter

There are 68 teams in the tournament after thousands of games played this season, producing a variety of statistics indicating which teams will win or lose a particular matchup. Most of these are irrelevant. Instead, investigate the essentials of shooting, rebounding, creating turnovers and getting to the free throw line, also known as the four factors for offense and defense.

For upset candidates, offensive rebounding just might be the most important. Those rebounds provide teams with the extra possessions that are crucial to pulling off a March upset. Since 2011, in three-quarters of NCAA tournament upsets, the worse seed had the better offensive rebounding rate during the game in question. Some of the best offensive rebounding teams that are lower-seeded teams in this tournament include No. 16 Longwood (12th), No. 12 UAB (22nd) and No. 15 Saint Peter’s (23rd). Other strong offensive rebounding teams that could be under the radar include No. 9 seed Texas A&M, No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s and No. 7 seed Florida.

Don’t just guess at the tiebreaker total

The tiebreaker most often used — total points scored in the championship game — is often treated as an afterthought. It doesn’t have to be .

Since 1985, when the men’s tournament expanded to 64 teams, the national title game has averaged 145 total points when decided in regulation. The four overtime games in that span averaged 157 total points. The most total points scored in regulation was in 1990, when UNLV beat Duke, 103-73 (176). The fewest total points came in 2011, when Connecticut beat Butler, 53-41 (94).

How many points you choose should be influenced by which teams you have in the final, since pace of play and offensive efficiency help determine how many points a team might score. Here’s a quick list of some of the most frequent matchups in the Elite Eight and beyond and the average total points scored in those contests since 2011 — but look at the averages of your chosen teams. I will have a guide to picking the tiebreaker later this week.

Know how to spot a potential championship team

Success leaves clues, and we have a lot of data on how an eventual championship team usually performs leading up to the tournament. My colleague Matt Bonesteel outlines some of those clues in his annual best bets column — which included eventual national champion Connecticut as one of the five most likely winners last year — and there are some other guidelines you can follow. Since the field expanded to 68 teams in 2011, for example, every national champion except two — No. 7 seed Connecticut in 2014 and Connecticut again as a No. 4 seed last year — was a No. 1, 2 or 3 seed. Since 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams, all but five of the 38 winners were a No. 1, 2 or 3 seed and 24 of the 38 (63 percent) were No. 1 seeds.

And all but four of the past 19 winners have had their individual Simple Rating System , a schedule-adjusted margin of victory rating that is expressed in points per game, rank in the top four nationally. Connecticut just missed last year, at No. 5. The top four schools in SRS this year are Houston, Arizona, Purdue and Connecticut.

You could also look at teams with similar profiles and see how far they advanced in the tournament, a technique that helped me identify San Diego State last year. For example, this year’s Auburn squad, a No. 4 seed, is similar to teams that have won a robust 2.3 games per tournament , on average (the same as No. 2 seeds from 2011 to 2023 ). This Auburn team also has similar performance metrics as runner-up Texas Tech in 2019 plus Florida in 2017 and Houston in 2022, two Elite Eight teams.

The NCAA tournament is back. Get caught up with our March Madness cheat sheet .

The brackets: Defending national champion U-Conn. returns as the top overall seed in the men’s bracket . In the women’s tournament , undefeated South Carolina leads the way. Read our picks for the biggest snubs and surprises in the tournament field.

Analysis from our team: Looking to win your bracket pool? These tips from our resident bracket master can help. If you want help picking a national champion, these are our favorites and best bets to win the tournament. Plus, take a look at some of the teams we think are most likely to pull an upset .

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