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Coast Guard Ranks to Civilian GS Paygrades


In many situations, when military personnel interact with civilian government employees, it's important to understand how the military rank hierarchy compares to the seniority structure among their civilian counterparts. Military Rank to Civilian equivalency tables are created by each branch of the military. These tables help civilian and military personnel determine proper conduct for social and diplomatic purposes when interacting with each other.

The comparison table below shows how Coast Guard ranks compare to civilian General Schedule paygrades in terms of respect and seniority. We have also provided comparitive pay ranges for civilian and military paygrades (based on Military Basic Pay and the civilian General Schedule pay table). Generally, civilian employees are paid more compared to someone they are equal to socially - but military personnel also get additional benefits, which are explained in the footnotes.

Please note that these rank-to-gs mappings can vary. Age, position, and experience level are a huge factor, and are often more significant than grade alone. If you have any feedback concerning this table, please contact us with your suggestions.


Seal of the Coast Guard Chart of Coast Guard Ranks vs. Civilian General Schedule Equivalents

See military paygrade and the associated Coast Guard rank on the left, and equivalent General Schedule paygrade on the right.

Pay Grade Insignia Coast Guard Rank Basic Pay Range 1 GS Grade Civilian Pay Range 2
E-1 No Insignia Seaman Recruit $21,420 per year3 GS-1 $22,886 - $28,628 per year
E-2 Insignia of a Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Seaman Apprentice $24,008 per year3 GS-2 $25,734 - $32,384 per year
E-3 Insignia of a Coast Guard Seaman Seaman $25,247 - $28,462 per year GS-3 $28,078 - $36,500 per year
E-4 Insignia of a Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Petty Officer Third Class $27,965 - $33,948 per year GS-4 $31,520 - $40,974 per year
E-5 Insignia of a Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Second Class $30,499 - $43,283 per year GS-5 $35,265 - $45,847 per year
E-6 Insignia of a Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer First Class $33,293 - $51,566 per year GS-5 $35,265 - $45,847 per year
E-7 Insignia of a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer $38,491 - $69,185 per year GS-6 $39,311 - $51,103 per year
E-8 Insignia of a Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer $55,375 - $78,977 per year GS-6 $39,311 - $51,103 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Master Chief Petty Officer $67,644 - $105,030 per year GS-6 $39,311 - $51,103 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Coast Guard Command Master Chief Petty Officer Command Master Chief Petty Officer $67,644 - $105,030 per year GS-6 $39,311 - $51,103 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Coast Guard $67,644 - $105,030 per year GS-6 $39,311 - $51,103 per year
W-2 Insignia of a Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 $45,245 - $75,517 per year GS-7 $43,683 - $56,790 per year
W-3 Insignia of a Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 $51,134 - $89,694 per year GS-8 $48,378 - $62,894 per year
W-4 Insignia of a Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 $55,991 - $104,292 per year GS-8 $48,378 - $62,894 per year
O-1 Insignia of a Coast Guard Ensign Ensign $40,630 - $51,127 per year GS-7 $43,683 - $56,790 per year
O-2 Insignia of a Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade $46,814 - $64,782 per year GS-8 $48,378 - $62,894 per year
O-2 Insignia of a Coast Guard Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade $46,814 - $64,782 per year GS-9 $53,433 - $69,462 per year
O-3 Insignia of a Coast Guard Lieutenant Lieutenant $54,176 - $88,142 per year GS-10 $58,842 - $76,499 per year
O-3 Insignia of a Coast Guard Lieutenant Lieutenant $54,176 - $88,142 per year GS-11 $64,649 - $84,049 per year
O-4 Insignia of a Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander $61,621 - $102,884 per year GS-12 $77,488 - $100,739 per year
O-5 Insignia of a Coast Guard Commander Commander $71,417 - $121,334 per year GS-13 $92,143 - $119,787 per year
O-5 Insignia of a Coast Guard Commander Commander $71,417 - $121,334 per year GS-14 $108,885 - $141,548 per year
O-6 Insignia of a Coast Guard Captain Captain $85,669 - $151,661 per year GS-15 $128,078 - $166,502 per year
O-7 Insignia of a Coast Guard Rear Admiral Lower Half Rear Admiral Lower Half $112,972 - $168,790 per year SES Level 5 $161,700 per year
O-8 Insignia of a Coast Guard Rear Admiral Rear Admiral $135,954 - $195,998 per year SES Level 4 $172,500 per year
O-9 Insignia of a Coast Guard Vice Admiral Vice Admiral $192,150 - $199,300 per year SES Level 3 $183,300 per year
Pay Range Notes
  1. Military pay displayed in this chart is based on the 2021 military basic pay table. Note that military servicemembers also receive housing and food allowances and/or incentive pay, which are both considerable portions of their overall compensation package.
  2. Civilian pay ranges are based on the current-year 2021 General Schedule pay table, adjusted for the Rest of U.S. pay locality. Civilians who work in an area with a high cost of living, like the San Francisco bay area, earn higher base pay.
  3. E-1 and E-2 are ranks that are generally held for a short amount of time, so there are no pay raises based on years of experience like those available to higher ranks.


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Source: www.federalpay.org/military/coast-guard-ranks-to-gs-grade