Salary Survey 2019

This year, our 10th annual salary survey made the rounds again, and it provided some helpful insights that you won’t want to miss out on reading. Although it’s been around since Dockwalk began, it’s been 10 years since we launched our first poll to get the numbers directly from crew. In addition to the monthly salary ranges provided by 10 crew agencies, more than 660 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 “What’s in Your Wallet?” 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 2019, 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 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(no response)5,000-8,0005,000-10,0007,000-11,0008,000-14,00010,000-16,00012,000-18,00013,000-20,00016,000-25,00018,000-28,00018,000-28,00018,000-28,000
poll average6,50010,63613,7079,68911,22814,95616,04719,49619,31021,667
poll range(one response)3,000-72,0006,500-14,0007,500-15,2005,000-15,0007,500-25,75011,000-28,00015,225-25,00012,240-23,000*18,000-27,000*(no response)(no response)
Chief/First Officer
agency range(no response)(no response)3,500-5,0005,000-6,0005,500-6,5005,500-8,0007,000-9,0007,500-10,00010,000+10,000-11,000+10,000-11,000+10,000-11,000+
poll average3,5005,00010,0006,7508,6008,50012,00010,500
poll range(no response)(one response)(no response)(one response)(one response)6,000-7,750*6,600-10,700(no response)8,500*(one response)(no response)9,000-12,000*
Second Officer
agency range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)4,5005,000-6,0006,000-7,0006,500-7,000+6,000-8,000+8,000-9,000+8,000-9,000+8,000-9,000+
poll average7,1356,800
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)5,000-9,270*(no response)(no response)6,000-7,600*
Chief/First Mate
agency range(no response)(no response)3,000-4,5004,000-5,5004,500-5,5005,000-6,0006,000-7,0008,000-10,0008,000-10,0008,000-10,000(no response)(no response)
poll average6,0006,1675,6678,0007,500
poll range(no response)(one response)(no response)4,500-7,000*4,500-7,500*8,000*(one response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)
Bosun
agency range(no response)(no response)2,500-3,0003,500-4,5003,500-5,0003,500-5,5004,000-5,5004,000-6,0004,000-6,0005,500-6,000+5,500-6,000+5,500-6,000+
poll average5,5605,0005,2506,0003,500
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)4,800-6,500(one response)(no response)4,500-6,000*(no response)(one response)(one response)
Mate
agency range(no response)3,000-4,0004,000-6,0004,500-7,5004,000-7,0005,500-7,5007,000+
poll average4,7504,3334,7687,000
poll range(no response)(no response)4,000-5,500*4,000-4,6674,000-7,5006,500-7,500*(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)
Deckhand
agency range(no response)2,500-2,8002,500-3,5002,500-4,0002,500-4,5003,000-4,5002,800-5,0003,000-5,5003,000-3,8003,000-3,80003,000-3,80003,000-3,8000
poll average5002,2003,4004,2503,4174,1004,000
poll range(one response)(no response)(no response)1,400-3,000*2,800-4,0004,000-4,500*2,750-4,000*4,000-4,200*3,500-4,500*(no response)(no response)(no response)
Chief/Sole Engineer
agency range(no response)(no response)3,500-7,5004,500-8,0005,500-9,0006,500-10,0007,000-12,0008,000-13,00010,000-15,00013,000-15,00013,000-15,00013,000-15,000
poll average6,0637,2508,11410,58311,30011,42010,67215,050
poll range(no response)(no response)5,800-6,325*7,000-7,500*5,900-10,3967,500-14,0006,000-18,00011,400-11,440*9,000-12,500(no response)(no response)10,000-20,100*
Engineer
agency 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)
poll average6,92510,7506,000
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)6,500-7,350*9,500-12,000*(one response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)
Second Engineer
agency range(no response)(no response)(no response)3,500-4,5003,500-5,0004,000-4,6004,500-7,0005,500-7,5007,000-9,000+8,000-9,500+8,000-9,500+8,000-9,500+
poll average6,5004,5005,5007,000
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(one response)(no response)4,000-7,000*(no response)(no response)(no response)7,000*
ETO
agency range(no response)(no response)(no response)3,5004,0005,0006,000-6,5006,000-7,5007,000-8,000+8,000-8,500+8,000-8,500+8,000-8,500+
poll average4,50013,000
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)4,500*(no response)(no response)13,000*
Purser
agency range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)3,500-7,0008,000-9,0007,000-10,000+7,000-10,000+7,000-10,000+
poll average7,2007,42011,320
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(one response)(no response)(no response)(no response)7,350-7,500*(no response)(no response)(one response)
Chief/Solo Stew
agency range(no response)3,5003,500-5,5004,000-6,0*0 F0ewer than f4iv,e5 r0es0p-o7,ns0e0s05,000-8,0005,500-9,0006,000-10,0006,500-12,000+7,000-10,000+7,000-10,000+7,000-10,000+
poll average5,4164,5435,7677,1766,7289,2255,750
poll range(no response)(no response)(one response)2,200-6,0004,500-6,6004,500-9,4145,500-7,750(no response)8,500-10,500*(no response)(no response)(one response)
Steward/ess
agency range(no response)2,500-6,0002,500-5,0002,500-4,0002,800-5,0002,800-6,0002,800-6,0002,800-6,5002,800-7,0002,800-7,000+2,800-7,000+2,800-7,000+
poll average5,1674,2004,0004,5153,400
poll range(no response)(no response)4,500-6,000*3,600-5,000*4,000*(one response)2,700-4,000*(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)
Chef
agency range(no response)4,0004,000-7,0005,000-7,0005,000-8,0006,000-9,0007,000-9,0007,500-11,0008,000-12,0009,000-12,000+9,000-12,000+9,000-12,000+
poll average4,5004,0675,0006,5407,90014,00011,000
poll range(no response)(one response)3,000-5,000*4,500-5,500*5,200-7,0006,000-10,500(one response)10,000-12,000*(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)
Sous/Crew Chef
agency range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)4,500+4,500-6,0004,500-6,5004,250-7,5005,000-6,0005,000-7,000+5,000-7,000+5,000-7,000+
poll average7,8006,000
poll range(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(one response)(no response)(no response)(no response)(one response)
MiscellaneousDeck/StewCook/StewStew/CookCook/Stew2nd Stew2nd Stew
agency range
poll average1,0005,5004,5004,3006,5004,000
poll range (one response) (one response) (one response) (one response) (one response) (one response)
* Fewer than five responses