I know a couple guys who teach sailing and do day charters and they don't get paid squat. I did not get paid squat doing the same thing while in college over 20 years ago. I will be nice and not mention the business.
Get a better license
than a 6-pack and look for merchant jobs hauling things and not hauling people out for fun and you will do much better for yourself. No, it is not as glamorous as being on a yacht, but the pay is better. There are all kinds of jobs out there for qualified merchant mariners right now. You will have to work your way up the hawse pipe as an Ordinary deckhand
, but it's a start. It's really a profession where the level of your license
means quite a bit. (Please, hold the comments about holding a license meaning nothing
)...it does matter as far as the types of jobs you can be hired for. The greater the license, the greater the responsibility and the greater the paycheck.
In terms of size, the merchant marine
dwarfs the yacht industry.