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United States Coast Guard - E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer

Yearly Base Pay

$49,633 - $70,787

Monthly Base Pay

$4,136.10 - $5,898.90

Hourly Base Pay *

$25.85 - $36.87

Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer - Rank Details


Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)

Classification Chief Petty Officer
Abbreviation SCPO
NATO Code OR-8
Service United States Coast Guard
Address Chief Petty Officer (last name)
What are a Senior Chief Petty Officer's Responsibilities?

The Senior Chief Petty Officer is the second highest of nine enlisted ranks in the US Coast Guard and is addressed as "Senior Chief". The rank carries a combined requirement for advanced technical knowledge and proven leadership ability. The "Senior Chief" is typically addressed by his or her rate, a combination of rank and rating (occupational specialty). Examples are Senior Chief Gunner's Mate, abbreviated to GMCS, or Senior Chief Machinist's Mate, abbreviated to MMCS.

The Senior Chief carries more authority and responsibility than the CPO, serving in administrative, technical and leadership roles with specific emphasis on training of junior commissioned officers. They are technical experts in their field but also have a sound knowledge of most aspects of coast guard service.

Some Senior Chief Petty Officers serve in unit command roles and report directly to the officer in charge of the unit. They wear a silver command badge, featuring three chevrons, the rating (specialised occupation), the eagle and one five-pointed star.

What is a Senior Chief Petty Officer's Paygrade?

A Senior Chief Petty Officer is considered a Chief Petty Officer, with a paygrade of E-8. 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer's payscale, the process of becoming a Senior Chief Petty Officer, and the history of the rank in the United States Coast Guard.

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Starting pay for a Senior Chief Petty Officer is $4,136.10 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $5,898.90 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Senior 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer

A Senior Chief Petty Officer is a Chief Petty Officer, with a military paygrade of E-8. 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 Senior Chief Petty Officer, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.


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