United States Navy - O-4 Lieutenant Commander
Yearly Base Pay
$59,825 - $99,889
Monthly Base Pay
$4,985.40 - $8,324.10
Hourly Base Pay *
$31.16 - $52.03
Navy Lieutenant Commander - Rank Details
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
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What are a Lieutenant Commander's Responsibilities?
A Lieutenant Commander is the fourth rank among officers in the USN. You usually refer to them as "Lieutenant Commander", usually not "Commander", and never "Lieutenant" -- that would be an instant demotion!
"Billets" (jobs) held by LCDRs vary by community. In the Surface Warfare community, a LCDR may be the Commanding Officer of a smaller ship such as a Minesweeper. On larger ships such as Submarines or Destroyers, a LCDR may be either a senior Department Head or the Executive Officer (second-in-command). LCDRs are shown the due respect of a an officer prospecting to become a Commanding Officer of a larger ship or unit.
In the Direct Commission Officer community, O-4s are professionals with equivalent years of experience. For example, a surgeon with ten years of experience who joins the Navy may receive a commission and immediately receive the rank of LCDR.
What is a Lieutenant Commander's Paygrade?
On this page you can learn more about a Lieutenant Commander's payscale, the process of becoming a Lieutenant Commander, and the history of the rank in the United States Navy.
Navy Lieutenant Commander Pay Calculator
Starting pay for a Lieutenant Commander is $4,985.40 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $8,324.10 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Lieutenant Commander, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.
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years of experience.
Use the slider below to calculate the basic pay and drill pay for an O-4 Lieutenant Commander at varying years in his or her military career.
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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Lieutenant Commander
The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Navy Lieutenant Commander, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.