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Marine Engineering Salary Ranges in India

A Marine Engineer sailing the high seas with a global shipping company and living all that life has to offer.

Merchant ship being unloaded at Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Navi Mumbai, India

Merchant ship being unloaded at Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Navi Mumbai, India

Marine Engineering Salary in India

Marine engineering is a type of engineering work done on ships and rigs. Compared to other shore jobs, the pay is quite good. To become a marine engineer, you must graduate with a bachelor's of technology from a college approved by the Directorate General of Shipping of the Government of India.

This article discusses:

  • Jobs available to marine engineers
  • How you become one
  • The pay

5 Marine Engineering Ranks

Your salary will be determined in part by your rank. This job has five promotional levels, from bottom to top:

  1. Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet
  2. Fourth Engineer
  3. Third Engineer
  4. Second Engineer
  5. Chief Engineer

Salary Ranges by Rank

These are the average salary ranges by rank. The figures are salaries paid per month in Indian Rupee and US Dollars:

  1. Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet: Rs 35 to 75 thousand INR per month; or 300 to 1200 USD per month
  2. Fourth Engineer: Rs 1.5 to 2.25 lacs INR; or 2000 to 4000 USD per month
  3. Third Engineer: Rs 2.75- 3.5 lacs INR; or 4000 to 5900 USD per month
  4. Second Engineer: Rs 4 to 5 lacs INR; or 7500 to 9500 USD per month
  5. Chief Engineer: Rs 5 lacs and above INR per month; or 10,000 USD and above per month

The salaries are usually paid when the seafarer is on the vessel. No salary is paid when the sailor is at home or on vacation.

Although some companies pay their sailors every month and even when they are not sailing but the average salaries come to about the same.

Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya

Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya

How to Become a Marine Engineer

To become a marine engineer, you must receive a bachelor's degree in either engineering or technology in marine engineering from an approved training college. The Indian Ministry of Shipping maintains a list of 133 approved marine training colleges in the country, organized by region, and including both government-run and private schools.

Requirements for Marine Training Colleges

The general eligibility for the degree, regardless of where you are trained, includes the following educational requirements:

  • A pass in Plus Two with a 60% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, and Maths.
  • Good marks (usually 50%) in English.
  • Most schools have an entrance exam. Most, including the best-known colleges—T.S. Chanakya in Mumbai and the Marine Engineering Research Institute (MERI) in Kolkata—use the Joint Entrance Examination given through IIT.
  • Training colleges usually conduct interviews and psychometric tests for potential candidates.

As working at sea can sometimes be strenuous, candidates for marine training colleges must meet certain physical standards, which are determined by the Merchange Shipping Medical Examination Rules.

  • No younger than 17 and no older than 25, with 5 years of relaxation for candidates from Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.
  • Good eyesight with no color blindness or impaired field of vision.
  • No impairment in hearing.
  • Weight of no less than 42 kilograms and height of at least 150 centimeters.
  • Good dental health.
  • Mentally stable and in good psychological condition.
  • Be otherwise in good health as determined by a medical examination.

Other requirements:

  • There are no gender restrictions for marine engineering training.
  • Candidates should be unmarried by the time of commencement.
  • Indian citizenship, though a few foreign candidates may receive special permission from the Ministry of Shipping.

Why Is the Salary So High?

Marine engineering curriculums are very similar to those in mechanical engineering. You will be trained to be a practical engineer and learn to work with the giant marine engines and auxiliary machines on board merchant vessels.

It's a very technical job where you have to make time-sensitive decisions for the ship to run in good shape. Ship travel is enormously expensive, and mistakes can cost a shipping company millions. This is why, as an engineer, you will be paid such a large amount to maintain the ship's machinery.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the minimum salary a Marine Engineer makes in India?

Answer: For cadet it starts from 300USD /month, for junior engineer somewhere from 800USD/month. It also varies company to company.

Question: Which of the entrance exams do I face for Marine Engineering?

Answer: For each country it is different; search more for your specific country's requirement. In India, it's IMU CET.

Question: Which college in India is good for marine engineering ?

Answer: In India, you can go to Meri Kolkata, and Tolani Maritime for the same.

Question: Is B.E Marine engineering is enough to become a captain on a ship?

Answer: To become a ship's captain you need to do a nautical BSC course. You become a chief engineer with a BTech marine degree.

Question: Can I retire whenever I want?

Answer: Yes, it's your choice. It's a contractual job and you can retire whenever you want. Simple as that

Question: What is the highest salary of a marine engineer?

Answer: Upward of 15000 USD or 11lakhs inr / month.

Question: Does marine engineering have value in India?

Answer: Yes, definitely.

Question: Is marine engineering difficult?

Answer: No, it's just like any other stream of engineering, but job onboarding is tough.

Question: I'm a graduate in electrical and electronics engineering diploma. What course should I choose next?

Answer: You can become an electrical technical officer onboard, but you have to do marine eto course.

Question: Is Biology needed for marine engineering?

Answer: No.

Question: Does a degree in Marine Engineering require math?

Answer: Yes, math is the primary subject.

Question: What should be the rank in jee advanced and main to take admission in a good college with marine engineering branch?

Answer: Now in 2019, you don't have to appear for jee adv to do marine engineering. You have to appear in imu set.

© 2011 Raghvendra


T. K. Harish Raghavendar on November 24, 2019:

Job is confirmed or not after clearing all qualifications

Ranjit patil on November 05, 2019:

I'm just 19year old. l was apply for IMU

Alfred shaji on June 16, 2019:

How much leave will we get in an year

Akilesh on April 26, 2019:

Good and useful job

Aman Srivastava on April 02, 2019:

Is imucet get me this job of marine engineering

Shashank Tigri on September 12, 2018:

Fifth Engineer or Engineering Cadet

Fourth Engineer

Third Engineer

Second Engineer

Chief Engineer

Whatt is ment by this

Avinash Mathew on September 07, 2018:

Sir i have done Production engineering..which is similar to mechanical engineering with almost 80% of same subjects, can i join marine engineering after my degree..??

k.r.manikandan on August 12, 2018:

i am automobile engineer in current i apply a mariene engineering procedure

aman momin on July 26, 2018:

How to make a chief Marin engineers

Anbu on July 01, 2018:

I'm just 18year old. l was apply for IMU

Selva kumar on June 27, 2018:

I like marine

Sarvesh shinde on June 23, 2018:

How can I be a chief engineer

Mosarof on June 21, 2018:

how can i be a chif engenear?

can i need msc to be a chef engenear?

how is the demand for marin engenearing?

how is the demand for indian deploma marin engenear?

can i will get par time job there?

can i have scope there to contenue my study there?

after compleate my deploma what will my post from fift to chif engenear?

Jeet Roy on May 23, 2018:

Can i can do LASIK before joining marine

Hridhya kumar on May 14, 2018:


Can somebody please guide me about Marine Engineering for girls.Just want to know is it profitable for girls and how many girl candidates study Marine.

Ashutosh kumar on May 13, 2018:

My date of birth is 3/10/2001.

Can I fill the form of imu?

Sachin raj on April 27, 2018:

My eyesight is -1.5 so i can apply IMU exam or not

Sachin raj on April 27, 2018:

My eyesight is -1.5 so I m apply IMU exam or not

jegan on April 21, 2018:

To join marine engineering computer science degree is okay

Sinzzz on April 20, 2018:

I want yo become a marine engineering

prasad date on April 18, 2018:

i want to become marine engineering but not given IIT jee exam so what i can do

Jegan on April 14, 2018:

For marine engineering in B. SC what course wanted

pawan kalyan on March 14, 2018:

what is work in the marine enginer

Samrat bhagwat on March 08, 2018:

phy chem not having 60% . Can i can take admission in marine engineering college

Shaikh Zaid on February 20, 2018:

I want to become a marine engineer .

omkar on February 11, 2018:

Can I get admission in a graduate marine engineering course after doing a diploma and degree in mechanical engineering?

sathiyan k on December 13, 2017:

i am a marine student in svce i want job on 2021

sapta on October 25, 2017:

if one has cavity can he apply for marine engineering

kedar on October 03, 2017:

Hi , Now I'm in class 12th . I will give HSC exam of 2018 from CBSE. I have pass out SSC from CBSE with following CGPA's eng 8, maths 9, science 7, social 8, marathi 8. Which field will offer me highest salary and benefits in future .

Hiren Mangroliya on September 27, 2017:

I want to be a Marine engineer. I am

Capable for All Requirements.

Harsh on September 15, 2017:

English marks below than 50 what should I do

rathnakumar on September 15, 2017:

I like merine

Dharani on September 10, 2017:

Any enterance examination before the job?

jeeva on June 17, 2017:

maximum how many year for retirement .what is the salary for after graduate in BE(mechanical)&GME

jegadesh on June 17, 2017:

when i take GME course ,shall i get a job?100% or not

rehan on June 05, 2017:

Sir, I've completed my mechanical engineering this year and is planning to do marine engineering. I've also applied to some colleges for gme in vishwakarma maritime institute and geims. But I'm also thinking to do hnd course. So plz guide which should I choose gme or hnd and what colleges to apply for both.

suvam das on June 03, 2017:

can i become a marine engineer after doing in electrical engineering.

please anyone can tell me ASAP!

Pavanraj on May 30, 2017:

Hello sir

In the field of marine engineering jobs availablelity is less or more

And I need extra information about this sir

kuldip vora on May 29, 2017:

Hello, I am a mechanical engineer.

So, how can I applied in marine engineer course.

Give me a suggestion please....

shayam on May 20, 2017:

placement in marine engineer

chanchal mishra on May 13, 2017:

I should want take direct lareral entry admission in marine engineering

santhosh s on May 13, 2017:

what to study for marine engineering and what type of stages ,it is hard or easy what are the books study for it .

Vinod kumar on May 12, 2017:

Sir: after 10 standard i am completed diploma mechanical engineering and that I completed BE mechanical engineering. now my question is ,am I eligible OR not for 1year GME COURSE.

And in the GME application form asks the 12th standard details, my diploma certificate is accepts or not.

Ikshit on April 20, 2017:

This information is very awesome............THANK YOU!!!!

sreeram on March 15, 2017:

taking gme or marine engineering is the best choice after plus 2

Kempraj on February 28, 2017:


Is it ok if i have colour blindness

For the job

fee structure on February 17, 2017:

fee structure

shake on February 12, 2017:

please about tell marine engineer?

1st marine engineer is chief engineer tell information about 1st engineer

siddharth kumarr on February 11, 2017:

can i do marine engineering even iam in class12

ajay on January 29, 2017:

working days in year

Prashant khilari on January 01, 2017:

Thanks for giving me information

Sachin on December 14, 2016:

Guys... present scenario in marine field is pathetic. Please please don't chose this career.You will be in a trap. This was a hot career to pursue years back, but not anymore.There are numerous cadets without job after having completed the course in flying colours.Supply is more than demand in the field.Please take it as a kind advice.

sidhikulakbar on December 09, 2016:

after +2 ...

which course I will choose for achieve the goal of Marine engg

Ankit Sharma on December 07, 2016:

What is the time period of promotion from bottom to top in marine engineering

prathamesh sahane on November 26, 2016:

i have done my 12th what can i do next to become a marine engineering

pruthviraj on November 10, 2016:

Sir i have completed my BE in mechanical with 61% and i want to join marine engg course but is theire 100% placement colleges in pune ????....and is merchant navy expeeience consider for land job after few years????

shubham on September 28, 2016:

Sir ,

I have been comple ted my 12th board this year with an 78%marks and I want to join marine ,so which entrance exam need for this, which course is the best for my future career ,and which is the best college in India,

Pls reply soon

Mobile no--08302003441

jaya aivan on September 21, 2016:

i will joint the marine engg

Sanjay chowdary on September 10, 2016:

Now I am in 11 th , as soon as possible I will complete my engineering after completing b tech what could I doo..

praveen on September 10, 2016:

I want to know about promotion of gme students

biranchi on August 12, 2016:

Dear sir/ma'am

I am completing B.Tech in mechanical engineering in the year 2016, with 70-80% , but I could not secured 50% in English (10th-48%, 12th-40%), I have a dream to join merchant navy or marine officer . Can I fulfil my dream????

sagar on August 11, 2016:


i have completed my btech from mechanical engg. last year. and i started my job at delhi last yr.

now i want to go for GME course.

kindly suggest me, is there any option of non attending or correspondence mode so that i can continue my job too??

if yes,,/ please suggest me the respective institutions also..


RISHABH RAJ on July 07, 2016:


indra kumar Aj on July 01, 2016:

sir hi complet +12 than give information fior marine field give deatil in my Email indrakumarhockey@gemail .Com

Sharfraz Ahmad on June 25, 2016:

I am in 12th now and I am intreasted in Marine field so what should I do after my 12th examination? How many percentage required in 12th science for marin engineering.

shubham yejare on June 23, 2016:

can i get 100% placement after completion of my 4 years marine eng

Harish on June 22, 2016:

Sir i have completed my 1st year engineering in ENTC in solapur university, bt i want to study marine engineering, what should I do?? I even dont want to waste my 1 year.... N 1 more qsn,can i do marine engineering after my BE??? N if yes than how many years it will take...?????

soumyadeep on June 17, 2016:


sukhvindr on June 12, 2016:

sir how can i get admission in marine engineering collage

pranjal on June 12, 2016:

how much salary can a marine engineer get in starting

sundar on June 09, 2016:

Sir I'm doing B.E mechanical final yr. I'm going to do GME. Which colg is best for studying & how much does the fees requires for this course. What abt placement. Email

Rohit kumar on June 09, 2016:

Sir ,,,i am suffering from myopia ,is their any problem to take admission in marine colleges through IMU exam.

sundar on June 08, 2016:

for joining GME course. what about the fees sir

harshini on June 08, 2016:

thank u for providing information that there is no gender discrimination in this field

Praphull on May 22, 2016:

I am completed mechanical engineering in the year 2015.I am more interested to do marine engineering GME course,what is the future of this course. Please which college is best it means give 100% job placement becouse many people said that job condition in marine is so bad. Please give advise to me at

Abhiram on May 22, 2016:

Thanzzz for giving me this informationss.. It may sometimes change my life thanzz a lot

ananthu on May 17, 2016:

Thank you for the valuable information

dracula on May 14, 2016:

i have specs of power -0.75 and -0.5 on left and right eyes respectively .

am i eligible for this course

yogesh patidar on May 12, 2016:

Thanks for kinds of information...

Ranjit ghadage on May 10, 2016:

Hello sir,

I'm just pass out diploma in mechanical engineering and I have to joint marine navy so, please suggest me best college in Mumbai or pune

Kshitij on April 11, 2016:

Sir , I have completed my Diploma in Mechanical Branch. I wanna know the courses offered to diploma graduates/holders in Merchant Navy. And please also tell the Best institutes to do that particular course which provides good placement and lastly what will be the rank after completion of course.

Thank You

shyam mishra on March 28, 2016:



roystan monteiro on January 17, 2016:

Sir now i am in 10 i want to become an marine engineer and want to get chief post directly sir can you tell what steps i have to take further.

Nilesh Singh on January 15, 2016:

Sir im now in 10 and i want to become a marine engineer through iit but i m having an eye pronlem

nizam on January 14, 2016:


vinayak barkale on December 28, 2015:

I am intrested to being an marine engineer , but i did`t know the procedure ., how to be a marine engineer can anybody help me . Now i am studying in 11 th std. i need guidance ... can anyone advice or suggest me please for bright future...I am really interested..

keerthi on December 22, 2015:

i am studing 9th i am interested in marine. what is the salary in marine per annum?

Ajay Sushil on December 19, 2015:

What should be the procedure to become a successful marine engineer?

Tapan Jana on December 04, 2015:

Whether girl student can join in Marin Engg? Great knowledge for me .

sherinjohn198 on November 24, 2015:

Im also planning to choose B-tech in Marine engineering from Ima-Chennai. when it comes to my high end researches - Ima-Maritime Chennai sounds good, is anyone knows about IMA?, Please let me know

kiran on November 21, 2015:

iam completed mechanical engineering in the year 2015.iam more interested to do marine engineering,what is the future of this course.send me the mail,

Elbin Stephen on November 14, 2015:

Its good for me but in this time Iam studing in sslc [10]

Piyush ryan on November 13, 2015:

It's good for me......

CHANDAN JAISWAL on November 10, 2015:


vivek on October 16, 2015:

I am wearing spectes I am eligible for marine engineering

chandan tiwari on September 30, 2015:

thanks ,sir

hrushi kesh on September 19, 2015:

I am completed graduation in chemistry hons ijoin nautical science course?

prabhakaran.d on September 12, 2015:

Sir i'm going to finish my mechanical engineering degree in 2016 may .so is this GME 1yr course is good to do i'm feeling with confusionconfusion whether it offers a job or not.kindly give your opinion with detail about the 1yr gme course. Thank you.

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s.thennarasu on August 29, 2015:

i think i will miss my family

jazril on August 18, 2015:

Sir i am doing mechanical engineering and i am with 7th sem right now sir how could i become marine engineer without GME........?