Working on private yachts can be a really rewarding job. Whether you choose to do it for only a season or build an entire career out of it.
As with any career, training is required, and the competition is rife once you qualify. But despite all the challenges, if you can land that first job – impress the hat off your Captain and ship-mates – and keep doing that every charter you get, you’re set to for a successful career in the luxury yacht industry.
Expectation vs Reality
This is not a career where once you hit a certain level you can ‘coast’ through your job. No. Yacht crew life (at any level) is stressful and hard work. It is a job that demands hard work, perfection and attention to detail all day long.
With many land-lover jobs the higher you move up in the ranks the more you can delegate and sometimes even kick-back a bit. Even though that might be partly true for us sea-dogs too, your responsibilities increase with your career climb and there is no sitting back. You are busy every second of the day – sometimes for up to 26+ hour shifts. This is also why sometimes many yachties like to stay in a certain position – increase seniority level sure – but stay within the role. It becomes familiar and you understand your responsibilities clearly.
So now that I have your attention, let’s get down to what you could earn. Please note that typically salaries increase with the size of the vessel. Variations occur with the amount of owner/guest use, specific qualifications required, and vessel itinerary. Salaries may change without notice and are simply a guideline for your information.