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Yacht Crew Salary Guide

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

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






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

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

Average salary (per month):

< 60ft (18m) à 2,200€ - 3,700€

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 3,000€ - 5,200€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 3,700€ - 5,200€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 6,000€ - 8,200€

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

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

200ft (60m) > à 7,400€ +



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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 2,200€ - 3,000€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 2,600€ - 4,100€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 3,000€ - 4,500€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 3,400€ - 4,800€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 4,100€ - 5,200€

200ft (60m) > à 4,800€ +



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

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

Average salary (per month):

100ft (33m) – 250ft (76m) à 2,200€ - 3,300€


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

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

Average salary (per month):

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 1,500€ - 2,200€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 1,500€ - 2,500€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 1,800€ - 2,500€

200ft (60m) > à 1,800€ +




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

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

Average salary (per month):

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

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


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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

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


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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

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



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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

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


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

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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

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

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


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

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

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

60ft < 75ft (23m) à 1,500€ - 2,600€

75ft < 100ft (33m) à 1,800€ - 3,000€

100ft < 125ft (38m) à 1,500€ - 3,300€

125ft < 160ft (48m) à 1,800€ - 3,300€

160ft < 200ft (60m) à 1,800€ - 3,700€



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

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

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

Average salary (per month):

100ft (33m) – 160ft (48m) à 3,700€ - 5,200€ +

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



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

Average salary (per month):

160ft (48m) – 250ft (76m) + à 2,300€ - 3,100€

* Note: All salaries are estimates and can vary significantly

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