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Navy Ranks And Basic Pay For 2020

The US Navy is one of the largest branches in the US Military.  With over 320,000 active duty personnel, the Navy has a long tradition of defending our nations waters, and force projection throughout the world.

Like every other military branch, they have a very structured ranking system that clearly designates who’s in charge of whom.

Whether you’re a Navy SEAL, a pilot, or a cook, the ranking structure is the same no matter what job you have in the Navy.

Below is a table outlining the Navy Ranks and Basic Pay for 2020 for both officers and enlisted.

Jump To A Rank

InsigniaPay Grade RankAbbreviation2020 Minimum Monthly Pay
N/AE-1Seaman RecruitSR$1,733
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$1,943
e-3 navy seamanE-3SeamanSN$2,043
petty officer third classE-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,263
petty officer second classE-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,468
petty officer first classE-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,694
chief petty officerE-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,114
senior chief petty officerE-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$4,480
master chief petty officerE-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$5,473
command master chief petty officerE-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMDCM$5,473
master chief petty officer of the navyE-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The NavyMCPON$5,473

Keep in mind that the above pay is based on the lowest number of years in the Navy while achieving a specific rank.

The longer you serve, the higher your pay will be.

For example, while an E-5 with less than 2 years in the Navy will receive an average of $2,468 per month, an E-5 with over 6 years in the Navy will receive an average of $3,095 per month.

Check out the charts below to see how it all plays out on a yearly basis:

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,043$2,171$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,263$2,378$2,507$2,635$2,747
E-5$2,468$2,634$2,761$2,891$3,095
E-6$2,694$2,964$3,095$3,222$3,355
E-7$3,114$3,399$3,530$3,701$3,836

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747
E-5$3,306$3,481$3,502$3,502$3,502
E-6$3,653$3,770$3,995$4,064$4,114
E-7$4,067$4,198$4,429$4,622$4,753
E-8$4,480$4,678$4,801$4,948$5,107
E-9N/A$5,473$5,597$5,753$5,937

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,734$1,734$1,734$1,734$1,734
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747
E-5$3,502$3,502$3,502$3,502$3,502
E-6$4,172$4,172$4,172$4,172$4,172
E-7$4,893$4,946$5,129$5,226$5,597
E-8$5,395$5,540$5,788$5,926$6,264
E-9$6,123$6,419$6,671$6,935$7,340

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$6,390$6,390$6,390$6,390
E-9$7,706$8,092$8,498$8,498

The above pay rates do not include the wide variety of bonuses and benefits that are included in Navy service.

Additional incentives, pay, and bonuses may also include:

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

To name just a few.  Check with your local Navy recruiter to learn more.

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Here’s a chart showing the ranking structure for officers in the Navy:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2020 Minimum Monthly Pay
ensign in navyO-1EnsignENS$3,287
lieutenant junior gradeO-2Lieutenant Junior GradeLTJG$3,787
lieutenantO-3LieutenantLT$4,383
lieutenant commanderO-4Lieutenant CommanderLCDR$4,985
commanderO-5CommanderCDR$5,778
captainO-6CaptainCAPT$6,931
rear admiral lower halfO-7Rear Admiral Lower HalfRDML$9,140
rear admiralO-8Rear AdmiralRADM$11,000
vice admiralO-9Vice AdmiralVADM$15,546
admiralO-10AdmiralADM$16,422

Just like with the enlisted ranks, the above pay numbers are the absolute minimum.

The longer you serve, the higher the pay will be.

For example, while an O-3 with less than 2 years in the Navy will receive about $4,383 per month, an O-3 with over 8 years will receive about $6,435 per month on average.

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Check out the charts below to see how it all plays out:

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 yearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,287$3,422$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$3,788$4,313$4,968$5,136$5,241
O-3$4,383$4,969$5,363$5,847$6,128
O-4$4,985$5,771$6,156$6,242$6,599
O-5$5,778$6,509$6,959$7,044$7,326
O-6$6,931$7,615$8,114$8,114$8,145
O-7$9,140$9,565$9,761$9,917$10,200
O-8$11,000$11,360$11,600$11,666$11,965

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241
O-3$6,435$6,634$6,961$7,131$7,131
O-4$6,983$7,460$7,832$8,090$8,238
O-5$7,494$7,864$8,135$8,486$9,023
O-6$8,495$8,541$8,541$9,026$9,884
O-7$10,480$10,803$11,125$11,448$12,463
O-8$12,463$12,580$13,052$13,188$13,596

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241
O-3$7,131$7,131$7,131$7,131$7,131
O-4$8,324$8,324$8,324$8,324$8,324
O-5$9,278$9,530$9,817$9,817$9,817
O-6$10,388$10,891$11,177$11,468$12,030
O-7$13,320$13,320$13,320$13,320$13,388
O-8$14,186$14,730$15,093$15,093$15,093
O-9N/A$15,546$15,771$16,094$16,422
O-10N/A$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$12,270$12,270$12,270$12,270
O-7$13,656$13,656$13,656$13,656
O-8$15,471$15,857$15,857$15,857
O-9$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422
O-10$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422

Navy Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Warrant Officers

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 years
W-1$3,213$3,559$3,652$3,848$4,081
W-2$3,661$4,007$4,113$4,187$4,424
W-3$4,137$4,309$4,486$4,544$4,729
W-4$4,530$4,873$5,012$5,150$5,387

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-1$4,423$4,583$4,807$5,027$5,200
W-2$4,793$4,976$5,156$5,376$5,548
W-3$5,094$5,473$5,652$5,859$6,072
W-4$5,622$5,859$6,216$6,529$6,827

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 years
W-1$5,359$5,552$5,552$5,552$5,552
W-2$5,704$5,890$6,013$6,110$6,110
W-3$6,455$6,714$6,868$7,033$7,257
W-4$7,071$7,309$7,658$7,945$8,273
W-5N/A$8,055$8,463$8,768$9,104

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 Years Over 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$8,438$8,438$8,438$8,438
W-5$9,560$10,037$10,540$10,540

Sources:

https://www.navy.com/sites/default/files/2019-02/MilPayTable2019-1-FullTime.pdf

Nicholas A.

General FAQ

Which branch of the military pays the most?

All military branches pay the same. Pay is dictated by your rank and length of time in service, and goes up as time goes on.


What is the first year pay for an enlisted sailor?

An E-1, or Seaman recruit, can expect to make around $1,733 a month in his or her first 2 years.


Does the Navy pay for housing?

Like other branches of the military, the US Navy entitles sailors to a Basic Allowance for Housing (or BAH). Its purpose is to provide an allowance for housing, and is determined by several factors.

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