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United States Coast Guard - O-6 Captain

Yearly Base Pay

$76,784 - $135,936

Monthly Base Pay

$6,398.70 - $11,328.00

Hourly Base Pay *

$39.99 - $70.80

Coast Guard Captain - Rank Details


Captain (CAPT)

Classification Senior Officer
Abbreviation CAPT
NATO Code OF-5
Service United States Coast Guard
Address Captain (last name)
What are a Captain's Responsibilities?

The Captain in the US Coast Guard is a senior officer ranked above Lieutenant-Commander and below Rear-Admiral. It approximates the rank of a colonel in the other services. It is a position that enjoys a high level of authority, more so in the Coast Guard than the US Navy because of the relatively smaller size of the service. A Captain in the Coast Guard also enjoys a high level of autonomy. However, in order to advance further in his or her career, the captain must exhibit superior leadership skills.

The Captain typically commands a single large vessel or air wing in the US Coast Guard, but can hold other senior posts, including the Coast Guard's operational commands outside the United States. The Chaplain of the Coast Guard is a captain and advises the Commandant on all religious support within the unit. Usually, a Captain is in command of a Coast Guard sector, which is responsible for a section of the United States' coastline, and reports to the relevant District Commander, a rear admiral. As the Sector Commander, the captain in charge is expected to be able to coordinate te activities of a number of units under his or her command to respond immediately and effectively to an emergency.

What is a Captain's Paygrade?

A Captain is considered a Senior Officer, with a paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

On this page you can learn more about a Captain's payscale, the process of becoming a Captain, and the history of the rank in the United States Coast Guard.

Seal of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Captain Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Captain is $6,398.70 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $11,328.00 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Captain, or visit our Coast Guard pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Coast Guard Captain

A Captain is a Senior Officer, with a military paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Coast Guard Captain, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.


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