Yacht Crew Salary Report

As front runners in yacht crew recruitment, YPI CREW has utilised their principal position to create an in-depth industry salary report, drawn from the current state of the market.

YPI CREW welcomed 2021 as the year of revival and indeed it was! This was following the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic on the yachting industry where 2020 was considered the year of survival for yacht crew placement.

Here at YPI CREW we witnessed an important increase in the number of job orders across all departments in 2021 and more crew were connected with their dream careers. 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.

However it must be noted that due to a smaller number of junior level hospitality, service and galley staff entering the market due to Covid 19 travel restrictions, essentially from the Southern Hemisphere, there has been tension on salaries in these departments throughout 2021.

For example, in the Chef’s department in order to secure and especially retain qualified and experienced crew, salaries and scheduled leave have become an important part of the negotiation process with increased competition for the best all-round package.

 

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 YPI CREW departments. Please note that they an indication only of starting salaries currently on offer.

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 section highlighted in yellow 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.

 

Yacht Deck Crew Salaries

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.

Below 30m 30m – 40m 40m – 50m 50m – 70m 70m – 80m 80m – 100m 100m +
Captain 3 500 – 6 000 4 000 – 9 000 8 000 – 13 000 9 000 – 18 000 12 000 – 20 000 15 000 – 20 000 18 000 + discretionary
Chief Officer 4 000 – 7 000 5 000 – 8 500 6 000 – 10 000 7 000 – 13 000 10 000 + discretionary
First Officer 3 500 – 5 500 7 000 – 10 000
Second Officer 4 500 – 5 500 5 000 – 6 500 5 000 – 6 500 6 000 – 7 000
Third Officer 4 000 – 4 500 5 000 – 5 500 5 000 – 5 500 5 000 – 6 000
Bosun 3 500 – 4 500 3 500 – 4 500 3 500 – 4 500 4 000 – 5 000 4 000 – 5 000 4 500 – 5 500
Deckhand Specialised 3 800 – 4 000 3 800 – 4 000 3 800 – 4 000 3 800 – 4 000 3 800 – 4 000
Deckhand Experienced 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500
Deckhand Junior 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800 2 700 – 2 800

* All the Captain and Officer salaries will depend on experience and qualifications

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

 

Yacht Engineer Salaries

When talking about engineering salaries, the ranges presented here depend on the certification that the candidate will hold.

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.

Below 30m 30m – 40m 40m – 50m 50m – 70m 70m – 80m 80m – 100m 100m +
Chief Engineer 4 000 – 6 000 5 000 – 7 000 7 500 – 9 000 9 000 – 10 000+ 10 000 – 15 000+ 12 000 – 15 000+
Second Engineer 3 500 – 4 500 5 000 – 6 500 6 000 – 7 000 7 000+ 8 000+
Third Engineer 3 500 – 4 500 4 500 – 5 500 4 500 – 5 500
Motorman 3 200 – 4 000 3 200 – 4 000
ETO & AV/IT 6 000 – 7 000 7 000 – 8 000+ 7 000 – 8 000+

* For yacht below 30m the role of an Engineer is covered by the Captain and in some cases by another member of the deck crew

* The salaries for above position are based on the following engineering qualifications:

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
  • For 50m – 70m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y2
  • For 70m – 80m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y1
  • For 80m – 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y1/Class 1
  • For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding a Class 1

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 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
  • For 80m – 100m the salary is based on the candidates holding a Y2/Class 1
  • For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding a Class1/Class 2

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
  • For 100m+ the salary is based on the candidates holding an EOOW

Motorman:

  • 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

 

Yacht Chef Salaries

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

For yachts below 30m and up to 40m please note that this is a starting salary for Chefs without yachting experience.

From 50m, where rotation is offered, the ranges in the salary correspond to both rotational and non-rotational positions and need to be examined on case by case basis.

All salaries here 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.

Below 30m 30m – 40m 40m – 50m 50m – 70m 70m – 80m 80m – 100m 100m +
Head Chef 4 000 – 4 500 4 500 – 6 000 5 000 – 8 000 6 000 – 9 000 7 500+ 7 500+ 8 000+
Sous Chef 4 000 – 5 500+ 4 000 – 6 000+ 4 000 – 7 000+ 4 000 – 7 000+
Third Chef 3 500+ 3 500+ 3 500+

 

Yacht Interior Crew Salaries

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.

Below 30m 30m – 40m 40m – 50m 50m – 70m 70m – 80m 80m – 100m 100m +
Purser 7 000 7 000 – 8 000 7 000 – 8 000 8 000+
Chief Stew 3 500 – 4 000 4 000 – 5 000 4 500 – 5 500 5 500 – 7 000 6 500 – 8 000 7 000 – 8 000 8 000+
Head of Service 4 500 – 5 000 5 500 5 500+
Head of Housekeeping 4 500 – 5 000 5 500 5 500+
2nd Stew 3 000 – 3 500 3 500 – 4 000 3 750 – 4 500 4 500 – 5 000 5 000 – 5 500 5 500+
Junior Stew 2 500 – 3 500 2 500 – 3 500 2 500 – 3 500 2 500 – 3 500 2 500 – 4 000 2 500 – 4 000 2 500 – 4 000
Spa Manager 4 000+
Spa Therapist 3 000 – 3 500+ 3 000 – 3 500+ 3 500+ 3 500+
Nurse 3 500 – 4 000+ 3 500 – 4 000+ 3 500 – 4 000+ 3 500 – 4 000+
Personal Trainer 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500 3 000 – 3 500
Laundry Master 3 500 3 500 4 000+

*Salaries for Junior Stews start at 2 500 € and increase at approx. 250 € per season

* Please note that the salaries will depend on the usage of yacht, private or charter, and the level of study or qualification required for the specialist positions, such as Spa Manager, Spa Therapist and Personal Trainer. For example, as a Personal Trainer,  HIIT, cardio, weight training yoga, pilates may be required or for a Nurse, the salary can be based on the previous experience in hospitals and filed of expertise.

 

 

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