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Navy Ranks And Basic Pay For 2023

The Navy is one of the largest branches of the U.S. military.  With over 340,000 active duty personnel, the Navy has a long tradition of defending our nation’s 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 2023 for both officers and enlisted.

Jump To A Rank

InsigniaPay Grade RankAbbreviation2023 Minimum Monthly Pay
N/AE-1 +4 monthsSeaman RecruitSR$1,917.60
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$2,149.20
e-3 navy seamanE-3SeamanSN$2,259.90
petty officer third classE-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,503.50
petty officer second classE-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,730.30
petty officer first classE-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,980.50
chief petty officerE-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,445.80
senior chief petty officerE-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$4,957.20
master chief petty officerE-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$6,055.50
command master chief petty officerE-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMDCM$6,055.50
master chief petty officer of the navyE-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The NavyMCPON$6,055.50

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, base pay for an E-1 is $1,773.00 during their first four months in the Navy. After four months, they receive a base pay of $1,917.60 per month.

Another good example is that while an E-5 with less than 2 years in the Navy will receive a base pay of $2,730 per month, an E-5 with over 6 years in the Navy will receive $3423.90 base pay 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 +4 months$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60
E-2$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20
E-3$2,259.90$2,402.10$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60
E-4$2,503.50$2,631.60$2,774.10$2,914.80$3,039.30
E-5$2,730.30$2,914.20$3,055.20$3,199.20$3,423.90
E-6$2,980.50$3,279.90$3,424.80$3,565.50$3,711.90
E-7$3,445.80$3,760.80$3,905.10$4,095.30$4,244.70

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60
E-2$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20
E-3$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60
E-4$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30
E-5$3,658.50$3,851.70$3,874.80$3,874.80$3,874.80
E-6$4,042.20$4,170.90$4,419.90$4,496.10$4,551.30
E-7$4,500.60$4,644.90$4,900.50$5,113.50$5,258.70
E-8$4,957.20$5,176.50$5,312.10$5,474.70$5,650.80
E-9N/A$6,055.50$6,192.90$6,365.70$6,568.80

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60$1,917.60
E-2$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20$2,149.20
E-3$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60$2,547.60
E-4$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30$3,039.30
E-5$3,874.80$3,874.80$3,874.80$3,874.80$3,874.80
E-6$4,616.40$4,616.40$4,616.40$4,616.40$4,616.40
E-7$5,413.50$5,473.20$5,674.50$5,782.50$6,193.50
E-8$5,968.80$6,130.20$6,404.40$6,556.50$6,930.90
E-9$6,774.90$7,102.80$7,381.50$7,673.70$8,121.60

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 28 YearsOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$6,930.90$7,069.80$7,069.80$7,069.80$7,069.80
E-9$8,121.60$8,526.90$8,953.80$9,402.30$9,402.30

The above base pay rates do not include the wide variety of allowances, 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 GradeRankAbbreviation2023 Minimum Monthly Pay
ensign in navyO-1EnsignENS$3,637.20
lieutenant junior gradeO-2Lieutenant Junior GradeLTJG$4,190.70
lieutenantO-3LieutenantLT$4,849.80
lieutenant commanderO-4Lieutenant CommanderLCDR$5,516.40
commanderO-5CommanderCDR$6,393.30
captainO-6CaptainCAPT$7,669.20
rear admiral lower halfO-7Rear Admiral Lower HalfRDML$10,113.00
rear admiralO-8Rear AdmiralRADM$12,170.70
vice admiralO-9Vice AdmiralVADM$17,201.40
admiralO-10AdmiralADM$17,675.10

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 $4,849 per month in base pay, an O-3 with over 8 years will receive about $7,120 per month in base pay.

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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$3,637.20$3,786.00$4,576.80$4,576.80$4,576.80
O-2$4,190.70$4,772.70$5,496.90$5,682.60$5,799.30
O-3$4,849.80$5,497.80$5,933.40$6,469.80$6,780.30
O-4$5,516.40$6,385.20$6,812.10$6,906.30$7,301.70
O-5$6,393.30$7,202.10$7,700.40$7,794.30$8,105.70
O-6$7,669.20$8,425.20$8,978.10$8,978.10$9012.60
O-7$10,113.00$10,582.80$10,800.30$10,973.40$11,286.00
O-8$12,170.70$12,570.00$12,834.30$12,908.10$13,238.40

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,576.80$4,576.80$4,576.80$4,576.80$4,576.80
O-2$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30
O-3$7,120.50$7,340.10$7,701.60$7,890.60$7,890.60
O-4$7,726.20$8,254.80$8,665.50$8,951.10$9,115.50
O-5$8,291.40$8,700.60$9,001.80$9,389.70$9,982.80
O-6$9,398.70$9,450.00$9,450.00$9,987.00$10,936.20
O-7$11,595.30$11,952.60$12,308.70$12,666.60$13,789.50
O-8$13,789.50$13,918.20$14,441.70$14,592.60$15,043.50

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,576.80$4,576.80$4,576.80$$4,576.80$4,576.80
O-2$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30$5,799.30
O-3$7,890.60$7,890.60$7,890.60$7,890.60$7,890.60
O-4$9,210.30$9,210.30$9,210.30$9,210.30$9,210.30
O-5$10,265.40$10,544.70$10,861.80$10,861.80$10,861.80
O-6$11,493.60$12,050.40$12,367.50$12,688.80$13,310.70
O-7$14,737.80$14,737.80$14,737.80$14,737.80$14,813.70
O-8$15,696.60$16,298.10$16,700.10$16,700.10$16,700.10
O-9N/A$17,201.40$17,449.80$17,675.10$17,675.10
O-10N/A$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$13,576.50$13,576.50$13,576.50$13,576.50
O-7$15,110.10$15,110.10$15,110.10$15,110.10
O-8$17,118.30$17,545.80$17,545.80$17,545.80
O-9$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10
O-10$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10$17,675.10

Navy Ranks And Pay For 2023 – Warrant Officers

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 years
W-1$3,555.00$3,938.10$4,040.70$4,258.20$4,515.00
W-2$4,050.30$4,433.40$4,551.00$4,632.30$4,894.80
W-3$4,577.70$4,767.90$4,964.10$5,027.70$5,232.30
W-4$5,012.40$5,391.30$5,546.10$5,698.20$5,960.70

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-1$4,893.90$5,070.60$5,318.70$5,561.70$5,753.10
W-2$5,302.80$5,505.60$5,704.50$5,948.10$6,138.60
W-3$5,635.80$6,055.80$6,253.80$6,482.70$6,718.20
W-4$6,220.20$6,483.00$6,877.80$7,224.30$7,554.00

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 years
W-1$5,929.20$6,143.40$6,143.40$6,143.40$6,143.40
W-2$6,310.80$6,517.20$6,652.80$6,760.20$6,760.20
W-3$7,142.40$7,428.30$7,599.60$7,781.40$8,029.50
W-4$7,824.30$8,087.70$8,473.80$8,791.50$9,153.60
W-5N/A$8,912.10$9,364.20$9,701.10$10,073.40

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 Years Over 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$9,336.30$9,336.30$9,336.30$9,336.30
W-5$10,578.00$11,106.00$11,662.50$11,662.50

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?

After the first four months, an E-1, or Seaman recruit, can expect to make around $1,917 a month base pay 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 housing. This may be provided on base or off base according to rank, marital status, and availability. If living off base, the Navy provides a Basic Allowance for Housing (or BAH). Its purpose is to provide an allowance for housing off base and is determined by several factors.

Sources:

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

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Navy Ranks and Pay

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Learn more about the ranks and pay for the US Navy for 2023 here. Includes the pay rates for both enlisted, as well as officers.

Originally posted on 03/20/22

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