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There’s a big gap between the highest-paid and lowest-paid cruise-ship workers.
Business Insider spoke with 35 current and former cruise-ship employees, who reported monthly earnings between $500 and $10,000.
Some 40% of the workers Business Insider spoke with said their monthly earnings were equal to or less than $2,000.
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There’s a big gap between the highest-paid and lowest-paid cruise-ship workers.

Business Insider spoke with 35 current and former cruise-ship employees, who reported monthly earnings between $500 and $10,000. Some 40% said their monthly earnings were equal to or less than $2,000.

A former Carnival Cruise Line galley worker had the lowest monthly earnings, while a former Royal Caribbean International first officer had the highest. The workers’ tenures range from 2004 to this year.

Read more: A former Royal Caribbean employee reveals the one question you should always ask cruise ship workers

Many cruise-ship workers, particularly those in lower-paid positions, come from regions with lower median incomes than the United States, like the Caribbean, South America, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. A former bartender for Royal Caribbean who made between $1,600 and $1,800 a month said the pay was better than what he had made in Chile, his home country.

A cruise-ship employee’s living costs can be much lower than those of a land-based worker, since they don’t have to pay rent or buy food. But cruise-ship employees also have demanding and unconventional schedules that can lead them to work more hours than those with more traditional five-day, 40-hour-a-week schedules.

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