A bosun salary generally ranges between $3,500-5,000 per month, starting at $3,000 for those with minimal experience. Factors that might lead to a higher bosun salary include watersport certification, such as those all-important diving or kitesurfing credentials, and engineering experience or qualifications.
The size of the yacht is also an influencing factor – working on superyachts over 70 meters can earn you up to $6,000 per month, but it may also mean a lot more work. Meanwhile, a lack of shipyard experience may mean you earn less than other bosuns working on similar sized vessels.
While there is no typical bosun salary, you can expect a significant pay rise from your previous job as an experienced deckhand (or lead deckhand on a larger yacht), reflecting your increased duties.