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How to use the data presented here

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.

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All salaries are expressed in Euro (€). The numbers shown here are general median monthly salary ranges and the actual salaries may vary depending on numerous other variables such as experience, certificates, type of yacht etc. Brackets that are empty mean that the particular position is generally not applicable for that yacht size.

Please note that shaded brackets indicate the yacht size range where rotational system might be offered.

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Captain

Chief Officer

First Officer

Second Officer

Third Officer

Bosun

Deckhand Specialised

Deckhand Experienced

Deckhand Junior

Below 30m

30m — 40m

40m — 50m

50m — 70m

70m — 80m

80m — 100m

100m +

3,500—6,000

2,700—2,800

4,000—9,000

3,500—5,500

3,500—4,500

3,000—3,500

2,700—2,800

8,000—13,000

4,000—7,000

3,500—4,500

3,800—4,000

3,000—3,500

2,700—2,800

9,000—18,000

5,000—8,500