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What is happening with yachts that pay in US Dollars?

When the Euro was introduced in 2002 many yachts based in Europe switched from US Dollars to Euros. The following analysis taken from our records shows how the US Dollar has lost its dominance as a salary indicator for yachts that operate outside of the USA.
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
% Paid in Euros  25.78   44.71   79.24   81.17   82.25   80.19   83.71   81.47 
% Paid in US Dollars  71.97   50.20   18.78   17.41   16.51   18.69   15.59   17.85 

Other Considerations

When reviewing salaries several other factors need to be taken into consideration...
  • Service record and qualifications.
  • Location and cruising programme for the yacht.
  • Annual paid leave. This varies between 4 and 8 weeks per year. More than 8 weeks when crew work a rotation.
  • Seasonal and temporary contracts do not normally include paid leave. An end of season bonus is quite common and is often agreed in advance as an incentive.
  • Job Sharing: Some larger yachts work a rotation, similar to the Merchant Navy, where the time off can total 3 to 6 months per year.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Crew Medical Insurance. If medical insurance is included it is very important that the hired crew are shown a copy of the schedule of cover. Some yachts only have a minimum level of cover for their crew. Our advice to crew is, if in doubt take out your own cover.
  • Incentives for service and performance.
  • Charter incentives.
  • Compensation for special ancillary skills that are a requirement for a yacht. i.e. carpenters,masseurs/masseuses, secretaries, computer experts, electronics engineers, paramedics, doctors, nurses,nannies, etc.
  • Motor and sailing yachts in the 15 to 25 metre range, are often crewed by a Captain/Hostess couple and the salary negotiated jointly. For couples that are hired on yachts over 25 metres the salaries are normally negotiated individually.

Table of Salaries

Position Notes Salary (Euros)
Captains 60m + 11000 +
45 - 60m 8000 - 12000
30 - 45m 5000 - 9000
20 - 30m 3500 - 6500
Mates 30 - 45m 3000 - 5000
20 - 30m 2500 - 3500
Chief Officers 60m + 5500 +
45 - 60m 4500 - 7000
2nd Officers Regardless of yacht size 4000 - 7000
Bosun Holding an OOW Coc 3500 - 5000
Without an OOW CoC 3000 - 4000
Deckhands Good professional track record, references and qualified 2500 - 3000
Good professional experience and qualified 2000 - 2500
Limited or no professional experience 1800 - 2200
Chief Engineer * 55 - 75m + 7000 - 10000
45 - 55m 6000 - 7000
30 - 45m 3500 - 5500
* This is a rough guide. Salary varies with experience and Engineering Qualification. If a rotational position it usually drops around 20% if paid x 12.
E.T.O. Depending on size of yacht and if sole or assistant ETO 3500 - 7500
2nd Engineers 50 - 75m + 4000 - 7000
40 - 50m 3000 - 5000
Chief Steward/ess 50m + with good experience and proven track record in the industry 5000 – 6500
35 - 50m with good experience and proven track record in the industry 4000 – 5000
2nd Stewardess 50m + with good experience and proven track record in the industry 3500 - 4000
35 - 50m with good experience and proven track record in the industry 3000 - 3500
Steward/ess Good experience on yachts (1yr+) 2500 - 3000
Entry Level/Some experience (up to 1yr) 2000 - 2500
Cook/Stewardess Regardless of yacht size 2500 - 3500
Cooks No formal training but proven capability in or out of yachting 2500 - 4000
Sous/Crew Chefs Trained/Non trained with proven capability in or out of yachting 3000 - 4000
Chefs Trained with proven track record in the industry 6000+
Trained/Non trained with experience on yachts 3500 – 6000
Trained with no experience on yachts 3000 - 4500
Purser ** 60m + 6000+
** Salary will depends on requirements and whether the role offers a rotation
The above figures are a guideline only and may vary according to qualification and experience. If any person finds these figures to be misleading in any way, we would very much appreciate their comments.
Last Revision: January 2014
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