Merchant Navy is one of the few careers where the salary is relatively high. It can range anywhere between Rs. 15000 to Rs.6 lakhs per month though the pay structure differ from company to company, city to city, the export-import needs, seniority etc. All crew and officers are given free meals on board and senior officers can take along their wives for the voyage. Usually emolument in a foreign vessels are higher specially the West European, U.S and the Gulf. Every officer and crew of the merchant navy working on board a vessel which is carrying foreign cargo is entitled to 75% of his net earnings in foreign exchange.