A recent Business Insider article compiled data it gathered from interviewing 35 past and current cruise ship workers specifically regarding their wages.
What the data showed was interesting. The wages of those interviewed ranged from $500 per month to $10,000 per month. The average for the group was $3,233 per month and the median wage was around $2600 per month. A Carnival galley line worker was at low end of the range, while a First Officer from Royal Caribbean International represented the top end.
Reporting released by Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in 2018 shows that the median wage in the Business Insider survey was higher than those reported by the cruise lines.
Additionally data released by the U.S. government shows the median income for Americans to be even higher still.
Here is a break down of the numbers:
Median Monthly Wages per Month
- $2600 – Business Insider Sample
- $1385 – Carnival Corporation
- $1616 – Royal Caribbean International
- $1675 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
- $2592 – U.S.
The data shows that crew members make significantly less money working on a cruise than U.S. workers do working in the United Sates, however, a majority of crew member reveal that the wages and benefits provided by the cruise lines far out pace the wages and benefits they would make working in their home country.
A quote from a CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) representative supports this idea that there is crew satisfaction saying, “crew members are very satisfied with their jobs and opportunities for career advancement, which explains why employee retention rates in the cruise industry are upwards of 80%”.
You can read the full Business Insider article here.
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