United States Coast Guard - E-4 Petty Officer Third Class
Yearly Base Pay
$30,042 - $36,472
Monthly Base Pay
$2,503.50 - $3,039.30
Hourly Base Pay *
$15.65 - $19.00
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class - Rank Details
Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
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What are a Petty Officer Third Class' Responsibilities?
Petty Officer Third Class is the fourth enlisted rank in the Coast Guard and the lowest rank of non-commissioned officer (NCO). The rank requires a combination of technical skill in the designated occupational specialty as well as proven leadership skills.
At this level, the Coast Guardsman will hold a rank and rating and be referred to by his or her "rate", eg. Yeoman Third Class (YN3) for mainly administrative and clerical work, or Fire Controlman Third Class (FC3). A key function of a Coast Guardsman E-4 that sets him or her apart from an equivalent rank in other services, is that he or she is legally empowered to act as a law enforcement and federal customs officer.
The "High Year Tenure" ruling places limitations on the length of service of a PO3, as he or she is generally required to have advanced to PO2 after a maximum of eight years in service. Failure to do so will result in the petty officer being "involuntarily separated" from active duty.
What is a Petty Officer Third Class' Paygrade?
A Petty Officer Third Class is considered a Petty Officer, with a paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.
On this page you can learn more about a Petty Officer Third Class' payscale, the process of becoming a Petty Officer Third Class, and the history of the rank in the United States Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Pay Calculator
Starting pay for a Petty Officer Third Class is $2,503.50 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $3,039.30 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Petty Officer Third Class, or visit our Coast Guard pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.
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Equivalent Ranks to a Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class
A Petty Officer Third Class is a Petty Officer, with a military paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.
The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.