Marine Engineering Salary Ranges in India

Updated on October 6, 2017
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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 (CC BY 3.0).
Merchant ship being unloaded at Jawaharlal Nehru Trust Port in Navi Mumbai, India (CC BY 3.0). | Source

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

This article discusses the different jobs you can do as a marine engineer, how you become one, and what the pay is like.

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 / vacation.

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

How to Become a Marine Engineer

Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya (GNU Free Documentation and CC BY-SA 3.0).
Marine engineering workshop at Training Ship Chanakya (GNU Free Documentation and CC BY-SA 3.0). | Source

Requirements for Marine Training Colleges

In order to become a marine engineer, you must receive a bachelor's degree of 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.

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 Meidcal 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 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 in order 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.

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      prasad date 25 hours ago

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

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      Jegan 4 days ago

      For marine engineering in B. SC what course wanted

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      pawan kalyan 5 weeks ago

      what is work in the marine enginer

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      Samrat bhagwat 5 weeks ago

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

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      Shaikh Zaid 8 weeks ago

      I want to become a marine engineer .

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      omkar 2 months ago

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

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      sathiyan k 4 months ago

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

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      sapta 5 months ago

      if one has cavity can he apply for marine engineering

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      kedar 6 months ago

      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 .

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      Hiren Mangroliya 6 months ago

      I want to be a Marine engineer. I am

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      Harsh 7 months ago

      English marks below than 50 what should I do

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      Dharani 7 months ago

      Any enterance examination before the job?

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      jeeva 10 months ago

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

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      jegadesh 10 months ago

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

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      rehan 10 months ago

      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.

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      suvam das 10 months ago

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

      please anyone can tell me ASAP!

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      Pavanraj 10 months ago

      Hello sir

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

      And I need extra information about this sir

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      kuldip vora 10 months ago

      Hello, I am a mechanical engineer.

      So, how can I applied in marine engineer course.

      Give me a suggestion please....

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      shayam 11 months ago

      placement in marine engineer

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      chanchal mishra 11 months ago

      I should want take direct lareral entry admission in marine engineering

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      santhosh s 11 months ago

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

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      Vinod kumar 11 months ago

      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.

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      Ikshit 12 months ago

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

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      sreeram 13 months ago

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

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      Kempraj 13 months ago


      Is it ok if i have colour blindness

      For the job

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      fee structure 14 months ago

      fee structure

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      shake 14 months ago

      please about tell marine engineer?

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

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      siddharth kumarr 14 months ago

      can i do marine engineering even iam in class12

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      working days in year

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      Prashant khilari 15 months ago

      Thanks for giving me information

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      Sachin 16 months ago

      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.

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      sidhikulakbar 16 months ago

      after +2 ...

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

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      Ankit Sharma 16 months ago

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

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      prathamesh sahane 16 months ago

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

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      pruthviraj 17 months ago

      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????

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      shubham 18 months ago

      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

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      jaya aivan 19 months ago

      i will joint the marine engg

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      Sanjay chowdary 19 months ago

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

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      praveen 19 months ago

      I want to know about promotion of gme students

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      biranchi 20 months ago

      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????

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      sagar 20 months ago


      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..


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      Sharfraz Ahmad 22 months ago

      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.

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      shubham yejare 22 months ago

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

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      Harish 22 months ago

      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...?????

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      sir how can i get admission in marine engineering collage

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      pranjal 22 months ago

      how much salary can a marine engineer get in starting

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      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

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      Rohit kumar 22 months ago

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

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      sundar 22 months ago

      for joining GME course. what about the fees sir

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      harshini 22 months ago

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

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      Praphull 23 months ago

      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

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      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

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      Kshitij 2 years ago

      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.

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      roystan monteiro 2 years ago

      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.

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      Nilesh Singh 2 years ago

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

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      keerthi 2 years ago

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

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      Ajay Sushil 2 years ago

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

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      Tapan Jana 2 years ago

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

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      sherinjohn198 2 years ago

      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

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      kiran 2 years ago

      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,

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      Elbin Stephen 2 years ago

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

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      Piyush ryan 2 years ago

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

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      vivek 2 years ago

      I am wearing spectes I am eligible for marine engineering

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

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      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 2 years ago

      i think i will miss my family

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      jazril 2 years ago

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

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      Arif khadri 2 years ago

      I am doing mechanical engineering 1st year ..I have 5 Peper back not LG for 2nd year .. can I join marin engineering for one year course sir

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      Shashikant chitte 2 years ago

      sir I m complete in diploma electrical engineering can I join Marin engineering and how many year is done this course. please give me idea.

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      suraj rohilla 2 years ago

      sir tell me about placement in marine engg.

      im studied marine engg. In gurukul vidyapeeth.

      about scope or etc.

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      sunil 2 years ago

      After completion of mechanical how to join the marine engineering can u say the details plz

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      Sir I have taken admission in marine engineering in cusat is it good???

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      nice service.I want to be a marine engineer.

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      Thanks. Plz more information..

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      umang vats 2 years ago

      hello sir i cleared imu-cet this year with a rank of 1603 and now i am intrested in doin btech in marine engineering .

      please tell me if indian maritime universities are a good option for a good job or not ?

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      Mohan 2 years ago

      sir I completed 12 in 1080 mark then I want join

      marine engneering.If good joice for my future and I want to know placemented collages.

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      ganesh 2 years ago

      I completed my b.e mechanical engineering in 2014 now I want to do gme can anyone suggest me which college us best and what's the placement record and fees structure of college

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      Sir I finished 12th on 2015 with 905 mark and going to study marine pls say me some best studies in marine

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      If we comple marine engineering course how do get placement

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      Is their scope have or not? Means do we have to struggle for job or not??????

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      Courses in marine engineer? ??

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      Abhimanyu choudhary 2 years ago

      sir..i want to become marine engineer ..and i m also got 6894 rank in IMU btut i don't know my name will come in admission list or not ...and my physical health is also not good ...please give me some idea or advise to become an engineer.......plz reply at my i will always great full to your kind work

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      I wanna known what would be the college fee of marine engineering

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      hell I wanna known what would be the collafe fee of marine engineering

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      rahul 2 years ago

      hi ,sir..

      i recently completed my diploma in mechanical engineering,,how should i apply to marchant navy

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      shubham 2 years ago

      I got 65% in 12 now i want to know about course of imu and fee structure...and also packages n jobs which i can get by this.

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      shubham 2 years ago

      I got 65% in 12 now i want to know about course of imu and fee structure...and also packages n jobs which i can get by this.