Below Deck follows the lives of the crew members who work and live aboard the luxury yachts during the charter season. They’re often known as “yachties.” They can make lots of money if they do a good job. As fans know, they earn most of their money from their combined tips.
A lot of factors can play into those tips. The charter guests may be impressed with the food and entertainment. Or, they may love the service they received during the charter. Of course, these same factors can ruin their chances if they have a green crew or if the food service isn’t as good as expected.
How much do the crew members earn?
According to a new report, the average deckhand can make from $60,000 to $66,000 per year. On Below Deck Season 9, Jake Folger, Rayna Lindsay, and Wes O’Dell are the current deckhands on the show. Though they have a green crew, they’re already raking in the money.
When it comes to the interior team, the second and third stews also earn $60,000 to $66,000 per year. In the current season, Jessica Albert is the third stew. Now, they’re down one stew. Jessica abruptly quit her job. She just wasn’t interested in the job anymore. She also couldn’t stop thinking about her sick grandparents.
In a previous episode, Jessica woke up with a sick feeling in her stomach. She told chief stew Heather Chase that she had to quit. But she quit just a few hours before the next charter season, leaving the crew hanging. Meanwhile, Fraser Olender is the second stew, but fans are hoping that he will be promoted to chief stew in the following season.
There is no boatswain in this cast. Yet, the position does exist and has been featured in previous seasons. This is Eddie Lucas’ first charter season working as a first officer. In Season 8, he worked as a boatswain. The average boatswain earns $66,000 to $72,000 per year, while the first officer earns $90,000 to $95,000 per year.
More Below Deck salaries revealed
Apparently, the chief stew makes a lot of money. Maybe it’s because they interact with the guests the most. Heather Chase is the chief stew on Season 9. The average chief stew earns $72,000 to $84,000 per year. Heather made her big debut this season, but she hasn’t been well-received by fans. She’s also made controversy for saying the n-word.
The yacht chef also earns $72,000 to $84,000 per year. Chef Rachel Hargrove returned to the series after a challenging Season 8. She quit in the middle of the season and came back the following day. This season has been her redemption season and it’s worked well in her favor.
Meanwhile, Captain Lee Rosbach has been part of the show since the beginning. The average captain earns $192,000 to $228,000 per year. Check out Captain Lee’s 2021 net worth here.
Keep in mind that the crew members earn huge tips. The average is $15,000 per person, on top of their salary. Not bad for six weeks of work. But it’s also an emotionally and physically demanding job.
What are your thoughts on the crew members’ salaries? Are you surprised to learn how much they make? Sound off below in the comment section. Below Deck Season 9 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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