Superyacht Salary Guide

Our 11th annual salary survey provided some unprecedented insights to what captains and crew earned. (Although our survey has been around since Dockwalk began, it’s been 11 years since we launched our first poll to get the numbers directly from crew.)

In addition to the monthly salary ranges provided by 12 crew agencies, captains and crew responded to the online poll at Dockwalk.com. (For more on the numbers and the industry’s employment trends direct from the agents, read Louisa Beckett’s “Getting Back Afloat” in the September issue.)

The tables below show both data. The “agency range” shows the average lows and average highs of all ranges provided by the agencies. Following are the online poll results from individual working captains and crew; the “poll range” shows the lowest and highest of all the responses, the “poll average” is calculated from all 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. Large variations in salary ranges could be due to experience.

For 2020, this extended version includes additional crew positions, even if there was only one response, and further breaks down the numbers in the size range below 80 feet and 35 meters and above 180 feet and 60 meters. Please note that crew agencies did not necessarily respond in these additional categories.

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MONTHLY SALARIES IN DOLLARS

BOAT SIZE 40–59 feet 60–79 feet 80–99 feet 100–119 feet 120–139 feet 140–159 feet 160–179 feet 180–199 feet 200–239 feet 240–259 feet 260–279 feet 280 feet+
Captain
agency range 5,000-8,000 6,000-10,000 7,500-12,000 8,000-14,000 10,000-16,000 12,000-18,000 12,500-20,000 13,000-25,000 13,000-28,000 15,000-28,000 23,000-28,000
poll average 6,569 8,711 10,094 12,050 16,392 15,042 18,000 20,738 27,333 16,000 22,000
poll range (no response) 3,000-10,000 6,000-12,000 7,000-17,000 10,000-15,000 13,000-27,500 11,000-20,000 15,000-21,000* 17,000-25,200* 25,000-29,000* (one response) 15,000-29,000*
Chief/First Officer
agency range (no response) (no response) (no response) 5,000-9,000 6,000-9,000 6,500-10,000 7,000-11,000 7,000-11,000+ 7.500-12,500+ 8,500-10,500+
poll average 5,000 6,000 6,000 7,313 7,740 8,500 9,500 8,500
poll range (one response) (one response) (one response) (no response) (no response) 6,000-8,000* 4,400-11,200 (one response) (one response) (one response) (no response) (no response)
Second Officer
agency range 4,000-6,000 4,500-7,000 4,500-7,000 5,000-8,000 5,000-9,000 6,500-9,000+ 6,500-9,000
poll average 6,500 7,250
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) (no response) (no response) (one response)
Chief/First Mate
agency range 3,800-4,500 4,750-5,800 5,500-8,000 5,000-9,000 6,500-8,000 7,000-10,000 7,000-10,000 7,000-10,000 8,500-12,500
poll average 4.800 5,833 7,166
poll range (no response) (no response) (one response) (no response) 5,500-6,000* 6,000-8,332* (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Bosun
agency range (no response) 4,000 3,200-4,800 3,500-5,500 4,000-6,000 4,000-6,000 4,000-6,000 4,500-6,000+ 5,000-12,500 5,500-12,500
poll average 4,750 4,500 4,500
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) 4,000-5,500* (one response) (no response) (one response) (no response) (no response)
Mate
agency range 3,000-4,500 3,800-5,000 4,500-5,500 5,000-5,500 5,500-7,500 5,500-7,500 (no response)
poll average
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Deckhand
agency range 2,250-3,000 2,500-3,500 2,500-3,500 2,500-3,500 2,500-4,500 2,800-5,000 2,800-5,500 3,000-5,000 3,000-5,500 3,000-5,500 3,000-5,500
poll average 3,500
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Chief/Sole Engineer
agency range 5,000-7,500 6,000-8,000 6,000-8,000 6,000-10,000 6,000-12,000 7,500-13,000 8,000-15,000 8,000-15,000 8,000-15,000 8,000-15,000
poll average 7,500 7,900 7,425 11,000 11,000 10,625 16,000
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) (one response) 1,400-10,800 (one response) (one response) 9,500-13,000* (one response) (no response) (no response)
Second Engineer
agency range (no response) (no response) 4,500-6,000 4,000-6,000 4,500-7,500 5,000-8,250 5,000-9,000 5,000-9,500 6,000-9,500 8,000-10,500
poll average 6,000 5,750 7,000
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) 4,000-7,500* (one response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
ETO
agency range 5,000-6,000 6,000-6,500 5,000-7,500 5,000-8,000 5,000-8,500 5,000-8,500 8,000-8,500
poll average
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Purser
agency range 7,000 3,500-7,500 6,000-9,000 6,500-10,000+ 7,000-10,000+ 8,000-10,500+
poll average 7,250 12,000
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) (no response) (no response) (one response)
Chief/Solo Stew
agency range 2,800-4,000 4,000-6,000 4,800-6,500 4,800-6,500 5,000-8,000 5,000-9,000 6,000-10,000 6,500-12,000 7,000-12,000 7,000-12,000 7,000-12,000
poll average 3,750 5,600 6,286 5,864 7,500
poll range (no response) (no response) 3,000-4,500* 4,000-8,000 5,200-7,500 4,500-7,350 7,000-8,000* (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Steward/ess
agency range 2,250-4,000 2,500-5,000 2,500-3,500 2,500-4,500 2,800-6,000 2,800-6,000 2,800-6,000 2,800-7,000 2,800-7,000+ 2,800-7,000+ 2,800-7,000+
poll average 3,000 3,225 3,599 3,250 4,500
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) 3,150-3,300* (one response) 3,000-3,500* (one response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Chef
agency range 3,000-4,000 4,000-7,000 4,000-7,500 5,000-9,000 5,500-10,000 6,500-11,000 7,000-11,000 7,500-12,000 7,500-12,000+ 8,000-12,500 8,500-12,500
poll average 1,500 5,000 8,750 7,305 10,667 11,083
poll range (one response) (no response) (no response) 4,500-5,500* 7,500-10,000* 4,500-9,500* 10,000-12,000* 7,250-15,000* (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Sous/Crew Chef
agency range (no response) (no response) 4,500-5,500 4,500-6,000 4,500-6,200 4,500-7,500 5,000-6,500 5,000-6,500 5,000-7,000+ 5,000-7,500+
poll average 3,500
poll range (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (one response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response) (no response)
Miscellaneous Chief/Stew
agency range
poll average 3,500
poll range (one response)
Miscellaneous Chef/Stew/Mat Chief Stew/Chef Deck/Engineer
agency range
poll average 6,500 5,000 4,400
poll range (one response) 5,000* (one response)
* Fewer than five responses