Merchant Navy Salary: Complete details about Salary and Job Profile

Merchant Navy Overview, Courses, Job Profile and Salary Details

Have you heard about the Merchant Navy? What are the jobs in Merchant Navy and its salary? Merchant Navy is a specialized industry engaged in commercial activities including the transportation of passengers and goods through the sea route. The field of merchant navy is prominent across the globe as the majority of commercial activities are carried through the sea route. Merchant Navy is different from the Indian Naval Force as INF is involved with carrying out the defence activities only whereas Merchant navy deals with trade. Let’s take a look at the Navy career details about Merchant Navy salary and job profile and more:

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Merchant Navy Salary & Job Profiles

The Merchant navy consists of various profiles based on the educational qualifications of a candidate. It consists of the posts of Cadets and Officers and hence, the Merchant Navy salary will range from 25,000 per month to up to 20 lakhs per month. Check out the salary of the Merchant navy based on the various profiles.

Merchant Navy Profile Qualification Merchant Navy Salary 2020 (approx.)
G P Rating Class 10 Rs. 25,000 to 60,000 per month
Trainee Cadet Class 12 along with pre-sea Nautical Diploma Rs. 25,000 to 85,000 per month
Deck Cadet Class 12 along with pre-sea Nautical Diploma Rs. 25,000 to 85,000 per month
3rd Officer/ 2ndOfficer 2nd Mate (FG) Certificate of Competency Rs. 1,50,000 to 3,00,000 per month
Chief Officer 1st Mate (FG) Certificate of Competency Rs. 4,00,000 to 6,00,000 per month
Captain Master (FG) Certificate of Competency Rs. 8,65,000 to 20,00,000 per month


What are the courses to opt for Merchant Navy? 

In order to pursue a career in the Merchant Navy, you can opt from the various courses available. Here is the list of courses that you can opt after 10th or 12th for a career in Navy.

B.Tech Marine Engineering

B.Tech Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering

B.Tech Harbour & Ocean Engineering

G.P Rating

Marine Engineering under Alternate Training Scheme

BBA Shipping

M.B.A. Shipping & Logistics Management

Higher National Diploma (Nautical Science)

MBA Shipping Finance

B.E Harbour and Ocean Engineering

Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME)

Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS)

B.B.A. Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Higher National Diploma (Marine Engineering)

B.Tech Ship Building

B.E Marine Engineering

B.E. Mechanical Engineering

ETO (Electro-Technical Officer)

B.Sc Nautical Science

Electro-Technical Officer Course


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What is the Lifestyle in Merchant Navy?

Maritime professional lifestyle is different from other professions and is not a usual 9 to 5 job. Some of the main aspects of a Merchant navy professional includes:

  • The people in the Merchant navy get a chance to travel the world and explore new places.
  • Most of the income earned by the seafarers are tax-free and hence, a lot of money is saved by the professionals. Also, the food and other costs are taken by the company itself so there is no cost of living in the sea.
  • Merchant Navy will guarantee you an adventurous life and you are an explorer willing to work in an adventurous environment.
  • The demerit of the Merchant navy is that there is no social life and the persons have to stay away from their families for months.

Merchant Navy FAQs

Q. What is a Merchant Navy job?
Merchant Navy job is a specialized job engaged in commercial activities including the transportation of passengers and goods through the sea route.

Q. What is the highest salary in the Merchant Navy?
The highest salary in the Merchant Navy is for the post of Captain which is around Rs. 8,65,000 to 20,00,000 per month.

Q. How do I join the merchant navy?
You can join the merchant navy after passing 10th or 12th depending upon the post you wish to apply. For higher posts, candidates need graduation in the respective field.

Q. Is Merchant Navy a good career?
Merchant Navy offers a lucrative career for the young aspirants looking for an adventurous life with money.

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