Cruise ships offer a unique way to experience the world, with exotic destinations like the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Alaska. But what kind of money do the people who work on these vessels make? The answer is that it depends on their role and the cruise line they work for.
Let’s start with the basics.
According to Glassdoor, entry-level positions on cruise ships begin at around $2,000/month. Most of these roles involve customer service or hospitality, such as wait staff and bartenders. These are often referred to as “hotel staff” positions and can also include housekeeping and laundry services roles.
At the other end of the spectrum are the higher-paying positions such as those in engineering, IT or medical departments. These typically require more experience and qualifications than entry-level positions but can pay up to $7,000/month depending on experience and qualifications.
The salaries for roles in between these two extremes vary greatly depending on the specific job duties and responsibilities as well as which cruise line you’re working for. For example, a head chef may earn around $4,500/month while a casino manager would likely earn closer to $6,000/month.
Overall, what is the average salary of a cruise ship worker? It varies widely depending on position and employer but generally speaking it ranges from $2,000/month up to around $7,000/month. It is possible to earn more than this if you have special qualifications or experience in a certain field.