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Coast Guard Ranks and Pay for 2019

The United States Coast Guard, USCG, serves as the coastal defense and maritime law enforcement branch of the military. The USCG reports that it has over 40,000 members on active duty, and another 7,000 reservists.

Even though the U.S. Coast Guard is the smallest of the military branches it still serves an important role. There are many different rankings for enlisted and officers. Rankings and years served help determine expected pay.

We have put together this article to provide a quick look at all the rankings in the Coast Guard as well as pay for 2019.

Coast Guard Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Pay (Monthly)
E-1Seaman RecruitSR$1,600
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$1,793
E-3SeamanSN$2,005
E-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,271
E-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,755
E-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$3,168
E-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$4,021
E-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$5,017
E-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$6,448
E-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMC$6,448
E-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast GuardMCPOC$6,448

All branches of the U.S. Military determine pay based on two factors. 1) What ranking you have in the branch, and 2) how many years served.

As you would expect the pay increases as you move up the enlisted rankings. Furthermore, officers earn more than enlisted members in most circumstances. Promotions come with added pay and potentially other benefits.

The charts below contain information about Coast Guard ranks and pay based on years of service:

Coast Guard Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$1,886$2,004$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,089$2,196$2,315$2,432$2,536
E-5$2,278$2,432$2,549$2,669$2,857
E-6$2,487$2,737$2,857$2,975$3,097
E-7$2,875$3,138$3,258$3,417$3,542

Coast Guard Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536
E-5$3,053$3,214$3,233$3,233$3,233
E-6$3,373$3,480$3,688$3,752$3,798
E-7$3,755$3,875$4,089$4,267$4,388
E-8$4,136$4,319$4,432$4,568$4,715
E-9N/A$5,053$5,167$5,312$5,481

Coast Guard Enlisted Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536
E-5$3,233$3,233$3,233$3,233$3,233
E-6$3,852$3,852$3,852$3,852$3,852
E-7$4,517$4,567$4,735$4,825$5,168
E-8$4,980$5,115$5,344$5,471$5,783
E-9$5,653$5,927$6,159$6,403$6,776

Coast Guard Enlisted Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$5,899$5,899$5,899$5,899
E-9$7,115$7,471$7,845$7,845

The Coast Guard pay rates posted do not include a variety of bonus and benefits exclusive to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Additional incentives and bonuses may also include:

    • Family separation allowance
    • BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
    • Quick ship bonuses
    • Re-Enlistment bonuses
    • Uniform allowances
    • Hardship duty pay
    • Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus

Your local Coast Guard recruiter can provide a more precise list of benefits you can expect to receive while starting your quest to serve in the U.S. Military.

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The Coast Guard has a different ranking structure for officers:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Avg. Pay (Monthly)
O-1EnsignENS$3,426
O-2Lieutenant Junior GradeLTJG$4,167
O-3LieutenantLT$5,314
O-4Lieutenant CommanderLCDR$6,143
O-5CommanderCDR$7,198
O-6CaptainCAPT$8,863
O-7Rear Admiral Lower HalfDRML$10,522
O-8Rear AdmiralRADM$12,397
O-9Vice AdmiralVADM$14,967
O-10AdmiralADM$15,583

It serves you well to eventually strive for an officer position. In addition to having a more prestigious ranking in the Coast Guard you will also receive far better pay and other bonuses.

Here is an outline of what you should expect to get paid each month for officer ranks in the Coast Guard…

Coast Guard Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,035$3,159$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$3,497$3,982$4,586$4,741$4,839
O-3$4,047$4,587$4,951$5,398$5,657
O-4$4,603$5,328$5,684$5,762$6,092
O-5$5,334$6,009$6,425$6,503$6,763
O-6$6,399$7,030$7,491$7,491$7,520
O-7$8,438$8,830$9,011$9,156$9,417
O-8$10,155$10,488$10,709$10,770$11,046

Coast Guard Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839
O-3$5,941$6,124$6,426$6,584$6,584
O-4$6,446$6,887$7,230$7,469$7,606
O-5$6,918$7,260$7,511$7,834$8,330
O-6$7,842$7,885$7,885$8,333$9,125
O-7$9,675$9,973$10,270$10,569$11,506
O-8$11,506$11,613$12,050$12,175$12,552

Coast Guard Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839
O-3$6,584$6,584$6,584$6,584$6,584
O-4$7,685$7,685$7,685$7,685$7,685
O-5$8,565$8,798$9,063$9,063$9,063
O-6$9,590$10,055$10,319$10,587$11,106
O-7$12,297$12,297$12,297$12,297$12,360
O-8$13,097$13,599$13,934$13,934$13,934
O-9N/A$14,352$14,559$14,858$15,379
O-10N/A$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583

Coast Guard Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-8$14,283$14,640$14,640$14,640
O-9$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583
O-10$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583

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Coast Guard Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Warrant Officers

The U.S. Coast Guard also have warrant officers. Their duties and responsibilities fall somewhere between enlisted personnel and officers.

Here is a breakdown of how they get paid in the USCG…

Coast Guard Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
W-2$3,379$3,699$3,797$3,864$4,084
W-3$3,819$3,978$4,141$4,195$4,365
W-4$4,182$4,498$4,627$4,754$4,973

Coast Guard Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-2$4,424$4,593$4,759$4,962$5,121
W-3$4,702$5,052$5,218$5,409$5,605
W-4$5,190$5,409$5,738$6,027$6,303

Coast Guard Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
W-2$5,265$5,437$5,550$5,640$5,640
W-3$5,959$6,198$6,340$6,492$6,699
W-4$6,528$6,747$7,070$7,335$7,637

Coast Guard Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-2$5,640$5,640$5,640$5,640
W-3$6,699$6,699$6,699$6,699
W-4$7,789$7,789$7,789$7,789

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Conclusion

There are not many occupations that have so much promise and potential to receive promotions during your entire tenure than in the military.

There are many ways to have a better role, improve your reputation, as well as receive higher pay through the U.S. Coast Guard. For more details speak to a local recruiter.

Sources:

  1. https://www.federalpay.org/military/coast-guard
  2. https://www.federalpay.org/military/coast-guard/ranks
  3. https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/enlisted-opportunities/receive-pay-benefits
Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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