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Coast Guard Ranks and Pay for 2021

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 base pay for 2021.

Coast Guard Ranks And Pay For 2021 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2021 Minimum Monthly Pay
E-1Seaman RecruitSR$1,785
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$2,001
E-3SeamanSN$2,104
E-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,330
E-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,542
E-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,775
E-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,208
E-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPON/A
E-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPON/A
E-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMCN/A
E-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast GuardMCPOCN/A

All branches of the U.S. Military determine base 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:

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785
E-2$2,001$,2001$2,001$2,001$2,001
E-3$2,104$2,236$2,372$2,372$2,372
E-4$2,330$2,450$,2583$2,713$2,829
E-5$2,542$2,713$2,844$2,978$3,187
E-6$2,775$3,053$3,188$3,319$3,455
E-7$3,208$3,501$3,635$3,813$3,952

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785
E-2$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001
E-3$2,372$2,372$2,372$2,372$2,372
E-4$2,829$2,829$2,829$2,829$2,829
E-5$3,406$3,585$3,607$3,607$3,607
E-6$3,763$3,883$4,114$4,185$4,237
E-7$4,190$4,324$4,562$4,760$4,895
E-8$,4615$4,819$4,945$5,097$5,261
E-9N/A$5,637$5,765$5,926$6,115

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785$1,785
E-2$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001
E-3$2,372$2,372$2,372$2,372$2,372
E-4$2,829$2,829$2,829$2,829$2,829
E-5$3,607$3,607$3,607$3,607$3,607
E-6$4,297$4,297$4,297$4,297$4,297
E-7$5,039$5,095$5,282$5,383$5,765
E-8$5,557$5,706$5,962$6,103$6,452
E-9$6,306$6,612$6,871$7,144$7,560

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$6582$6582$6582Retire!!
E-9$7938$8335 $8752Make room

The Coast Guard pay rates posted do not include a variety of bonuses 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 GradeRankAbbreviation2021 Minimum Pay (Monthly)
O-1EnsignENS$3,287
O-2Lieutenant Junior GradeLTJG$3,787
O-3LieutenantLT$4,383
O-4Lieutenant CommanderLCDR$4,985
O-5CommanderCDR$5,778
O-6CaptainCAPT$6,931
O-7Rear Admiral Lower HalfDRML$9,140
O-8Rear AdmiralRADM$11,000
O-9Vice AdmiralVADM$15,546
O-10AdmiralADM$16,422

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…

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,386$3,524$4,260$4,260$4,260
O-2$3,901$4,443$5,117$5,290$5,399
O-3$4,515$5,118$5,524$6,023$6,311
O-4$5,135$5,944$6,341$6,429$6,797
O-5$5,951$6,704$7,168$7,256$7,546
O-6$7,139$7,843$8,358$8,358$8,390
O-7$9,414$9,852$10,054$10,215$10,506
O-8$11,330$11,701$11,947$12,016$12,324

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260
O-2$5,399$5,399$5,399$5,399$5,399
O-3$6,628$6,833$7,170$7,345$7,345
O-4$7,192$7,684$8,067$8,333$8,485
O-5$7,719$8,100$8,379$8,740$9,293
O-6$8,749$8,797$8,797$9,297$10,181
O-7$10,794$11,127$11,458$11,791$12,837
O-8$12,837$12,957$13,444$13,583$14,004

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260
O-2$5,399$5,399$5,399$5,399$5,399
O-3$7,345$7,345$7,345$7,345$7,345
O-4$8,574$8,574$8,574$8,574$8,574
O-5$9,556$9,816$10,111$10,111$10,111
O-6$10,699$11,218$11,218$11,812$12,391
O-7$13,720$13,720$13,720$13,720$13,789
O-8$14,612$15,172$15,546$15,546$15,546
O-9N/A$15,531$15,755$16,079$16,608
O-10N/A$16,608$16,608$16,608$16,608

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$12,638$12,638$12,638Retire!!
O-7$14,065$14,065$14,065Retire!!
O-8$15,935$16,333$16,333Retire!!
O-9$16,608$16,608$16,608Retirement!
O-10$16,608$16,608$16,608Time for

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Coast Guard Ranks And Pay For 2021 – 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…

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
W-2$3,770$4,127$4,237$4,312$4,557
W-3$4,260$4,438$4,620$4,680$4,871
W-4$4,666$5,019$5,163$5,305$5,549

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-2$4,937$5,125$5,311$5,537$5,714
W-3$5,247$5,637$5,821$6,034$6,254
W-4$5,790$6,035$6,403$6,726$7,032

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
W-2$5,875$6,067$6,193$6,293$6,293
W-3$6,648$6,915$7,074$7,244$7,474
W-4$7,283$7,528$7,888$8,184$8,521

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$8,691$8,691$8,691$8,691

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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
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Just like the other military branches, the Coast Guard pay is dictated by length of time in service and rank.
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