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United States Coast Guard - E-7 Chief Petty Officer

Yearly Base Pay

$34,502 - $62,010

Monthly Base Pay

$2,875.20 - $5,167.50

Hourly Base Pay *

$17.97 - $32.30

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer - Rank Details


Chief Petty Officer (CPO)

Classification Chief Petty Officer
Abbreviation CPO
NATO Code OR-7
Service United States Coast Guard
Address Chief Petty Officer (last name)
What are a Chief Petty Officer's Responsibilities?

The rank of Chief Petty Officer is the seventh enlisted rank in the US Coast Guard. It is considered to represent the most significant advancement in the career of an enlisted Coast Guardsman. Any CPO position in the Coast Guard requires a combination of technical and leadership skill, with increasing emphasis being placed on a proven ability to lead.

The CPO needs to have specialist technical knowledge and the ability to train and mentor other servicemen and women in their specialisation, including newly-commissioned junior officers. The CPO carries out more administrative duties than more junior ranks and is responsible for maintaining discipline. Because of the smaller size of the Coast Guard organisation, he or she normally has more authority and responsibility than the equivalent ranks in other armed forces. CPOs are usually placed in charge of small cutters and boat stations. They also serve as technical leaders and deck watch officers. They are specifically tasked with the training of junior commissioned officers from ensigns to lieutenant-commanders.

Referred to as the "Chief", the CPO is the person in the Coast Guard expected to have the answers to most service-related questions. He or she is addressed by a combination of rank and rating, known as their "rate". Examples are Chief Gunner's Mate (GMC), Chief Quartermaster's Mate (QMC), or Chief Yeoman (YNC). The CPOs have separate dining and living quarters, known as the "Chief's Mess". As with lower ranks, the "High Year Tenure" applies to a CPO's career. If, after 24 years in service, he or she has not advanced beyond the pay grade E-7, the CPO faces mandatory retirement from active duty.

What is a Chief Petty Officer's Paygrade?

A Chief Petty Officer is considered a Chief Petty Officer, with a paygrade of E-7. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Chief Petty Officer is $2,875.20 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $5,167.50 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Chief Petty Officer, or visit our Coast Guard pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer

A Chief Petty Officer is a Chief Petty Officer, with a military paygrade of E-7. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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