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U.S. Navy: List of Ranks, Insignia, and Pay Range


An enlisted member enters the Navy as a Seaman Recruit. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Seaman. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.

The highest rank attainable in the Navy is the five-star Fleet Admiral. In 1944, Congress created the rank Fleet Admiral to be granted to four people. There has been no authorization to use the rank since the World War II era.

The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Navy and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications. Click any rank to view detailed information about that rank's duties, pay, promotions, and more.

Seal of the Navy Navy Ranks - Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest

Pay Grade Insignia Rank Abbreviation Classification 2017 Pay Range
E-1 No Insignia Seaman Recruit SR Junior Enlisted $1,600 per month
E-2 Insignia of a Navy Seaman Apprentice Seaman Apprentice SA Junior Enlisted $1,793 per month
E-3 Insignia of a Navy Seaman Seaman SN Junior Enlisted $22,630 - $25,510 per year
E-4 Insignia of a Navy Petty Officer Third Class Petty Officer Third Class PO3 Noncommissioned Officer $25,067 - $30,427 per year
E-5 Insignia of a Navy Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Second Class PO2 Noncommissioned Officer $27,338 - $38,794 per year
E-6 Insignia of a Navy Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer First Class PO1 Noncommissioned Officer $29,840 - $46,220 per year
E-7 Insignia of a Navy Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer CPO Senior Noncommissioned Officer $34,502 - $62,010 per year
E-8 Insignia of a Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer SCPO Senior Noncommissioned Officer $49,633 - $70,787 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Master Chief Petty Officer MCPO Senior Noncommissioned Officer $60,631 - $94,136 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer Command Master Chief Petty Officer CMDCM Senior Enlisted Advisor $60,631 - $94,136 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy MCPON Senior Enlisted Advisor $60,631 - $94,136 per year
W-2 Insignia of a Navy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 CW2 Warrant Officer $40,554 - $67,687 per year
W-3 Insignia of a Navy Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 CW3 Warrant Officer $45,828 - $80,392 per year
W-4 Insignia of a Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 CW4 Warrant Officer $50,184 - $93,478 per year
W-5 Insignia of a Navy Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 CW5 Warrant Officer $89,233 - $116,770 per year
O-1 Insignia of a Navy Ensign Ensign ENS Junior Officer $36,418 - $45,824 per year
O-2 Insignia of a Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade LTJG Junior Officer $41,958 - $58,068 per year
O-3 Insignia of a Navy Lieutenant Lieutenant LT Junior Officer $48,560 - $79,002 per year
O-4 Insignia of a Navy Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander LCDR Junior Officer $55,231 - $92,218 per year
O-5 Insignia of a Navy Commander Commander CDR Senior Officer $64,012 - $108,752 per year
O-6 Insignia of a Navy Captain Captain CAPT Senior Officer $76,784 - $135,936 per year
O-7 Insignia of a Navy Rear Admiral Lower Half Rear Admiral Lower Half RDML Flag Officer $101,257 - $151,283 per year
O-8 Insignia of a Navy Rear Admiral Rear Admiral RADM Flag Officer $121,860 - $175,676 per year
O-9 Insignia of a Navy Vice Admiral Vice Admiral VADM Flag Officer $172,224 - $186,998 per year
O-10 Insignia of a Navy Admiral Admiral ADM Flag Officer $15,583 per month
O-11 Insignia of a Navy Fleet Admiral Fleet Admiral FADM Flag Officer n/a
To see how Navy ranks compare to civilian employees, see our Navy ranks to GS grades comparison table.

** This Document Provided By www.FederalPay.org - The Civil Employee's Resource **
Source: www.federalpay.org/military/navy/ranks