A deck job is an incredible opportunity to meet interesting people and see places you may otherwise not have access to. Not only this, but most of your onboard expenses are typically covered, so you can save a good bit of money with some clever planning.
What costs does the vessel cover?
Depending on the type of boat, you can typically expect to be fully covered for your stay on board. It is crucial that you know what is being offered to you in advance, so that you can budget accordingly for your trip.
Typical yacht jobs cover the following:
- Basic Toiletries
- Liability Insurance (injuries)
- Some provide health (medical) and dental insurance.
- A very generous owner might agree to pay for your travel costs to and from the vessel
What costs will you have to cover?
- All items of a personal nature (make-up, shaving cream etc)
- Onshore costs including meals, transport, and activities
- In between charter accommodation
- Mobile data and SIM card
Some luxury charters will offer structured pay with a base salary, and some tips.
Tips are not compulsory on charters, but should be customary as in any hospitality industry. If you do good work, it should be regarded as a gift for a job well done. Patrons tip based on the satisfaction level of the entire experience. Tips are generally divided equally amongst crew. The guest will typically pay the tip to the Captain who will split the amount amongst the crew. The better the whole team works together, the better your earning potential. This makes it imperative that the crew get along well and that everyone pulls their weight on board. Your united goal should be to offer the guests a wonderful time!
How much could you earn in tips?
Guests tend to tip the crew between 5 – 20% of the charter rate. Some guests are more generous than others, making this range so wide. It is important to be aware that not all of the ultra rich tip well. Enjoy the tip when it has been given, rather than calculating how much a potential guest might give. On average, depending on the charter cost, the country of origin of guests, crew size, and overall experience, crew members may expect to earn between $1,000 – $4,000 each per week in addition to their salary. Guests notice everything, even when you think they are not paying attention. If you as an individual go above and beyond for them, it is not uncommon to receive a direct tip. This would be all yours.
You can save a good amount of money by working on a yacht. Try to plan a budget in advance that covers your expenses on land, so that you do not spend everything you earn so soon as you receive it. See our yacht crew salary guide to help you plan your budget. For any other advice and to help you get a great head start, grab our ultimate yacht crew handbook here.