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United States Coast Guard - O-5 Commander

Yearly Base Pay

$64,012 - $108,752

Monthly Base Pay

$5,334.30 - $9,062.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$33.34 - $56.64

Coast Guard Commander - Rank Details


Commander (CDR)

Classification Senior Officer
Abbreviation CDR
NATO Code OF-4
Service United States Coast Guard
Address Commander (last name)
What are a Commander's Responsibilities?

The Commander in the US Coast Guard is ranked above that of a Lieutenant-Commander and below that of Captain in the Coast Guard. It is the lowest of the senior officer ranks and carries substantial authority and responsibility. The equivalent rank in the United States Army and Air Force is that of a lieutenant-colonel.

A Commander in the Coast Guard is normally placed in command of a small vessel, such as a cutter or submarine, or a squadron of aircraft, or in command of a Coast Guard station on shore, although some serve on the staff of senior officers on board large vessels. Commanders will lead their units or stations in the conducting the multiple missions required of the Coast Guard at this tactical level: search and rescue, law enforcement, homeland security and protection of the marine environment. The Commander reports to the Sector Commander, who usually carries the rank of Captain.

What is a Commander's Paygrade?

A Commander is considered a Senior Officer, with a paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commander Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Commander is $5,334.30 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $9,062.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Commander, or visit our Coast Guard pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Coast Guard Commander

A Commander is a Senior Officer, with a military paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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