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United States Navy - E-4 Petty Officer Third Class

E-4 Petty Officer Third Class

Yearly Base Pay

$25,067 - $30,427

Monthly Base Pay

$2,088.90 - $2,535.60

Hourly Base Pay *

$13.06 - $15.85

Navy Petty Officer Third Class - Rank Details


Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation PO3
NATO Code OR-4
Service United States Navy
Address Petty Officer (last name)
What are a Petty Officer Third Class' Responsibilities?

Nearly all sailors who have reached the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer have by now made it to the Fleet. Rare exceptions include exceptional E-4s who are promoted while in school, or are selected to teach immediately upon graduation and spend an additional two to three years at their school house.

E-4s are the most junior of the Petty Officer ranks. Petty Officers are considered self-sufficient leaders and know what work needs to be done without being told. They are qualified basic watchstations and can conduct maintenance and repairs of most equipment under their Division's cognizance. They mentor junior Seamen and are in charge of day-to-day business in the absence of their seniors. They take on progressively greater leadership roles and may have one or more Collateral Duties. They begin attending advanced schools and qualifications within their rate. Every day, they continue learning more about their jobs so they can progress to the next rank and assume more responsibilities.

What is a Petty Officer Third Class' Paygrade?

A Petty Officer Third Class is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Navy Navy Petty Officer Third Class Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Petty Officer Third Class is $2,088.90 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $2,535.60 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Petty Officer Third Class, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Petty Officer Third Class

A Petty Officer Third Class is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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