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United States Navy - E-7 Chief Petty Officer

Yearly Base Pay

$41,350 - $74,322

Monthly Base Pay

$3,445.80 - $6,193.50

Hourly Base Pay *

$21.54 - $38.71

Navy Chief Petty Officer - Rank Details

Chief Petty Officer (CPO)

Classification Senior Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation CPO
NATO Code OR-7
Service United States Navy
Address Chief (last name)
What are a Chief Petty Officer's Responsibilities?

Chief Petty Officers are the true "deckplate" (ground-level) leadership of the Navy. Chiefs wear the same khaki uniforms as officers and are given due respect. They are highly seasoned technical experts and leaders of sailors of their own rate. Good Chiefs ensure that their sailors are physically and emotionally taken care of, and are steadily advancing in their careers. They supervise and mentor 1st and 2nd Class Petty Officers in the day-to-day running of the Division, and only take over when the problems they face are new and highly complex.

The training and mentoring of Junior Officers is a primary duty of Chief Petty Officers. A Division Officer and Division Chief are meant to be hand-in-hand Divisional leaders; however, most of this effort for the first few months is the Chief teaching his or her Division Officer how to interact with sailors and perform their jobs. An effective Officer-Chief duo is one where the Division Officer handles the vast majority of high-level administration, the Division Chief handles personnel and equipment issues, and the two communicate important items on a daily basis.

Once promoted, a Chief Petty Officer joins the "Chiefs' Mess" (or "goat locker"), the community of E-7s through E-9s that eats, sleeps, relaxes, and fights together. Each Chief represents his or her own Division or Department against the others, and important issues are often worked out behind closed doors. Elder Chiefs continue to mentor junior Chiefs throughout their careers.

What is a Chief Petty Officer's Paygrade?

A Chief Petty Officer is considered a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-7. 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 Chief Petty Officer's payscale, the process of becoming a Chief Petty Officer, and the history of the rank in the United States Navy.

Seal of the Navy Navy Chief Petty Officer Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Chief Petty Officer is $3,445.80 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $6,193.50 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Chief Petty Officer, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.

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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Chief Petty Officer

A Chief Petty Officer is a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-7. 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 Navy Chief Petty Officer, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.

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