Over the years we’ve seen the Below Deck cast members putting in work to ensure yachters get a fantastic voyage, and that viewers get all the drama. Though neither task is an easy feat, the cast definitely sees a nice payoff in the end. In addition to their salary for working the charter and doing the show, everyone gets a piece of the tips left behind by guests.
Each cast member has a different position on the boat, and on the show, so their salary is based on their role. Let’s take a look at how much different Below Deck staff can make, and some note-worthy tip moments throughout the season.
How much the third, second and chief stews make
Being a stew on the ship means wearing many hats, and the higher you rank the more responsibility you have. Second and third stews make approximately $5,000 a month, and up to $50,000 per charter season if they move from boat to boat. The chief stew makes about $5,500 to $6,000 a month and up to $75,000 a charter season.
The Below Deck chefs make a pretty penny
One of the most important crew members is the unsung hero in the kitchen — the chef. Chefs on board make around $7,000 to $10,000 a month, depending on their culinary training and professional experience. Chefs who work all throughout the charter season can make up to $95,000.
The deckhands and bosuns get paid for their hard work
Bosuns and deckhands are of the most essential crew members, as they’re in charge of maintaining the ship’s deck, docking, and other operations. A deckhand makes about $3,500 to $4,500 a month, and up to $50,000 a season. Bosuns, who are in charge of the deckhands, make approximately $5,000 a month and up to $52,000 a season.
The captain gets paid the most
It’s no surprise the captain is the north star of the crew, so naturally their salaries are the highest. The most experienced yacht captains can make up to $210,000 a season, but typically they make between $120,000 and $150,000.
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End-of-charter tips are an added bonus
Each charter ends with a tip, and the amount is entirely dependent on the guests aboard, the service, and the length of the trip. Crew members that work a six-week charter can make up to $5,000 per person, on top of their salary.
Generous tippers make a big difference in pay
Over the seasons, the crew has seen a varying level of tips. Each cast member usually walks away with a couple thousand after each charter, but a few extra generous guests have come through. One of the highest on the show was a $35,000 tip left behind by one of the more controversial guests on board, Timothy Sykes.
Low tippers are always a disappointment
Of course, if you’ve worked in hospitality you’re familiar with the bad tipper for no reason. The worst tip on the show was from a family who constantly fought and complained for the duration of the charter. They left a $5,000 dollar tip to be dispersed among the whole crew. Captain Rosbach has said it was one of his biggest disappointments by a guest on the show.
Show fees, sponsorships and appearances can provide a bump in pay
Of course, the crew is not just a crew, but a cast, which means they also get a fee for appearing on the show. While the exact amount of how much each cast member is paid is unknown, it’s assumed it’s a couple thousand dollars an episode. Additionally, being in the spotlight means the cast will also find opportunities off the boat to get social media sponsorships, and profitable appearances.