Whether you’re resuming your role on board after a “pandemic pause,” climbing the career ladder, or getting your feet wet for the first time, Dockwalk’s Salary Guide provides the full picture when it comes to crew compensation.
Salary is generally one of the top motivators for those looking for jobs in yachting, but it remains a closely guarded secret. Each year, the Dockwalk Salary Survey goes out to thousands of crewmembers and crew agencies across the world, gathering real-time salary feedback with the aim of creating greater transparency and understanding across the industry.
Take Part in the 2021 Dockwalk Salary Survey
The 2021 edition of the Dockwalk Salary Survey is now open and needs your input. You can find the embedded survey below and takes only a few minutes to fill in. All responses are anonymous. If the embedded survey doesn’t show below, please click here.
The Results of the 2020 Salary Survey
Our annual salary survey provided some unprecedented insights to what captains and crew earned in 2020.
To say that it’s been a strange year for yachting is an understatement, and nowhere has this been more clearly reflected than in the 2020 edition of the salary survey. Of the agencies, captains and crew who took part, the changes due to Covid-19 were clear – crew are moving jobs less than usual, choosing to keep the roles they have rather than risk uncertain positions elsewhere. Those who are moving are likely to accept less than the going rate too, if it means a steady income.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Agencies see these rough waters as a blip, the effects of which should lessen if and when things return to normal, and there’s a silver lining too. There’s speculation that guests spending longer on board as a result of the pandemic may choose to increase their budget and invest in experienced staff. This is savvy thinking: a top team can reduce damage to the yacht, seeing off problems before they take hold and enhance your trip immeasurably. The old saying still holds true: happy crew, happy boat.
The tables below show the “agency range”, which gives the average lows and highs of all ranges provided by the agencies, the “poll range”, where results from individual working captains and crew are tallied to show the shows the lowest and highest of all the responses, and the “poll average” calculated from all the responses. Note that our figures do not account for longevity and experience, crew benefit packages, tips, or similar extra remuneration.
Not all positions with corresponding boat sizes had enough poll responses to be considered significant; those categories are marked with an asterisk to indicate if fewer than five crew responded in that size range for that position. Several categories had only one response, which is also noted.