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United States Navy - O-6 Captain

Yearly Base Pay

$76,784 - $135,936

Monthly Base Pay

$6,398.70 - $11,328.00

Hourly Base Pay *

$39.99 - $70.80

Navy Captain - Rank Details


Captain (CAPT)

Classification Senior Officer
Abbreviation CAPT
NATO Code OF-6
Service United States Navy
Address Captain
What are a Captain's Responsibilities?

A Captain is the sixth rank among officers in the USN.

A Senior Officer, a CAPT serves as a Commanding Officer of Major Commands such as Aircraft Carriers, Amphibious Assault Ships, Cruisers, Destroyer Squadrons, Carrier Air Wings, Guided-Missile Submarines, Submarine Squadrons, SEAL Groups and major shore installations. An O-6 commanding a Guided-Missile Submarine is Captain, while his or her boss, the Squadron Commander, is also an O-6 with the title of "Commodore".

An Aircraft Carrier has numerous O-6s onboard, including the Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), Carrier of the Air Group (CAG), Deputy Carrier of the Air Group (DCAG), Reactor Officer (RO), and more -- but be sure, there is only one "Captain" and that title is reserved only for the CO! This may be confusing to outsiders, but it is absolutely essential formality for sailors and officers!

At shore-based commands, CAPTs are placed in positions of varying political empowerment depending on their inherent "track" towards a flag position. O-6s who are "on-track" are more likely to become COs of important shore installations or work at the Pentagon or Joint Staffs, rather than NROTC units -- but nothing is guaranteed, and the topic is highly sensitive.

What is a Captain's Paygrade?

A Captain is considered a Senior Officer, with a paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Navy Navy Captain Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Captain is $6,398.70 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $11,328.00 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Captain, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Captain

A Captain is a Senior Officer, with a military paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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