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Navy Ranks And Basic Pay For 2021

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 2021 for both officers and enlisted.

Jump To A Rank

InsigniaPay Grade RankAbbreviation2021 Minimum Monthly Pay
N/AE-1Seaman RecruitSR$1,785.00
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$2,000.70
e-3 navy seamanE-3SeamanSN$2,103.90
petty officer third classE-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,330.40
petty officer second classE-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,541.60
petty officer first classE-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,774.40
chief petty officerE-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,207.60
senior chief petty officerE-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$4,614.60
master chief petty officerE-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$5,637.00
command master chief petty officerE-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMDCM$5,637.00
master chief petty officer of the navyE-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The NavyMCPON$5,637.00

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 $2,541 per month, an E-5 with over 6 years in the Navy will receive an average of $3,187 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$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00
E-2$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70
E-3$2,103.90$2,236.20$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80
E-4$2,330.40$2,449.80$2,582.40$2,713.50$2,829.00
E-5$2,541.60$2,712.90$2,844.00$2,978.10$3,187.20
E-6$2,774.40$3,053.10$3,188.10$3,318.90$3,455.40
E-7$3,207.60$3,501.00$3,635.40$3,812.40$3,951.30

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00
E-2$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70
E-3$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80
E-4$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00
E-5$3,405.60$3,585.30$3,606.90$3,606.90$3,606.90
E-6$3,762.60$3,882.90$4,114.50$4,185.30$4,236.90
E-7$4,189.50$4,323.90$4,561.80$4,760.10$4,895.10
E-8$4,614.60$4,818.60$4,944.90$5,096.10$5,260.50
E-9N/A$5,637.00$5,764.80$5,925.90$6,114.90

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00$1,785.00
E-2$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70$2,000.70
E-3$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80$2,371.80
E-4$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00$2,829.00
E-5$3,606.90$3,606.90$3,606.90$3,606.90$3,606.90
E-6$4,297.20$4,297.20$4,297.20$4,297.20$4,297.20
E-7$5,039.10$5,094.90$5,282.40$5,382.90$5,765.40
E-8$5,556.30$5,706.30$5,961.60$6,103.50$6,451.80
E-9$6,306.60$6,612.00$6,871.50$7,143.30$7,560.30

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$6,581.40$6,581.40$6,581.40$6,581.40
E-9$7,937.70$8,334.90$8,752.50$8,752.50

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 GradeRankAbbreviation2021 Minimum Monthly Pay
ensign in navyO-1EnsignENS$3,385.80
lieutenant junior gradeO-2Lieutenant Junior GradeLTJG$3,901.20
lieutenantO-3LieutenantLT$4,514.70
lieutenant commanderO-4Lieutenant CommanderLCDR$5,135.10
commanderO-5CommanderCDR$5,951.40
captainO-6CaptainCAPT$7,139.10
rear admiral lower halfO-7Rear Admiral Lower HalfRDML$9,414.30
rear admiralO-8Rear AdmiralRADM$11,329.50
vice admiralO-9Vice AdmiralVADM$16,012.50
admiralO-10AdmiralADM$16,608.30

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 $4,514 per month, an O-3 with over 8 years will receive about $6,628 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$3,385.80$3,524.40$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60
O-2$3,901.20$4,442.70$5,116.80$5,289.90$5,398.50
O-3$4,514.70$5,117.70$5,523.30$6,022.80$6,311.70
O-4$5,135.10$5,943.90$6,341.10$6,429.00$6,797.10
O-5$5,951.40$6,704.40$7,168.20$7,255.50$7,545.60
O-6$7,139.10$7,842.90$8,357.70$8,357.70$8,389.80
O-7$9,414.30$9,851.40$10,053.90$10,215.00$10,506.00
O-8$11,329.50$11,701.20$11,947.50$12,016.20$12,323.40

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60
O-2$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50
O-3$6,628.20$6,832.80$7,169.40$7,345.20$7,345.20
O-4$7,192.20$7,684.20$8,066.70$8,332.50$8,485.50
O-5$7,718.40$8,099.40$8,379.60$8,740.80$9,293.10
O-6$8,749.20$8,796.90$8,796.90$9,296.70$10,180.50
O-7$10,794.00$11,126.70$11,458.20$11,791.20$12,836.70
O-8$12,836.70$12,956.40$13,443.60$13,584.00$14,004.00

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60$4,260.60
O-2$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50$5,398.50
O-3$7,345.20$7,345.20$7,345.20$7,345.20$7,345.20
O-4$8,573.70$8,573.70$8,573.70$8,573.70$8,573.70
O-5$9,555.90$9,816.00$10,111.20$10,111.20$10,111.20
O-6$10,699.20$11,217.60$11,512.80$11,811.90$12,390.90
O-7$13,719.30$13,719.30$13,719.30$13,719.30$13,789.80
O-8$14,611.80$15,171.90$15,546.00$15,546.00$15,546.00
O-9N/A$16,012.50$16,243.80$16,576.80$16,608.30
O-10N/A$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$12,638.40$12,638.40$12,638.40$12,638.40
O-7$14,065.80$14,065.80$14,065.80$14,065.80
O-8$15,935.40$15,935.40$15,935.40$15,935.40
O-9$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30
O-10$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30$16,608.30

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$3,309.30$3,666.00$3,761.40$3,963.90$4,203.00
W-2$3,770.40$4,127.10$4,236.60$4,312.20$4,556.40
W-3$4,261.20$4,438.50$4,620.90$4,680.30$4,870.80
W-4$4,665.90$5,018.70$5,162.70$5,304.60$5,548.80

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 $1,785 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.

Sources:

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

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Learn more about the ranks and pay for the US Navy for 2021 here. Includes the pay rates for both enlisted, as well as officers.
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