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United States Coast Guard - O-9 Vice Admiral

Yearly Base Pay

$172,224 - $186,998

Monthly Base Pay

$14,352.00 - $15,583.20

Hourly Base Pay *

$89.70 - $97.40

Coast Guard Vice Admiral - Rank Details


Vice Admiral (VADM)

Classification Flag Officer
Abbreviation VADM
NATO Code OF-8
Service United States Coast Guard
Address Admiral (last name)
What are a Vice Admiral's Responsibilities?

The rank of Vice-Admiral is assigned to the office of the Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard and other senior appointments within the Coast Guard. It is a three star flag officer rank, equivalent to the rank of a lieutenant-general in other services. It is above that of a rear-admiral and beneath that of a full admiral. The tour length is usually three years, but some posts are set by statute for four years.

The Vice-Commandant is effectively second-in-command to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and serves as his or her chief operations officer. He or she directly oversees Coast Guard operational and mission support commanders, and the headquarters staff and takes charge in the absence of the Commandant.There is also a vice-admiral in command of each of the two operational area commands of the Coast Guard, namely the Pacific Area and the Atlantic Area. Each area is subdivided into several district commands.

What is a Vice Admiral's Paygrade?

A Vice Admiral is considered a Flag Officer, with a paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Vice Admiral Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Vice Admiral is $14,352.00 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $15,583.20 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Vice Admiral, or visit our Coast Guard pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Coast Guard Vice Admiral

A Vice Admiral is a Flag Officer, with a military paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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