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United States Navy - O-8 Rear Admiral

Yearly Base Pay

$121,860 - $175,676

Monthly Base Pay

$10,155.00 - $14,639.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$63.47 - $91.50

Navy Rear Admiral - Rank Details


Rear Admiral (RADM)

Classification Flag Officer
Abbreviation RADM
NATO Code OF-8
Service United States Navy
Address Admiral (last name)
What are a Rear Admiral's Responsibilities?

At sea, Rear Admirals oversee the operations of groups of ships. The Commander of a Carrier Strike Group, for example, will be stationed aboard the Aircraft Carrier and be able to talk to the Commanding Officers of each individual ship within the Group and direct overall planning and movement. The "flagship" is the one which carries the Rear Admiral.

Examples of two-star positions include Commander, Submarine Pacific Forces (COMSUBPAC); Commander, Navy Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM); Commander, Surface Atlantic Forces (COMSURFLANT). They may also be stationed as staff members assisting higher-ranking officers at Joint Commands.

What is a Rear Admiral's Paygrade?

A Rear Admiral is considered a Flag Officer, with a paygrade of O-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Navy Navy Rear Admiral Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Rear Admiral is $10,155.00 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $14,639.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Rear Admiral, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Rear Admiral

A Rear Admiral is a Flag Officer, with a military paygrade of O-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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