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Career Sea Pay

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2014 update: The increase to Career Sea Pay (CSP) and Career Sea Pay Premium (CSP-P) was implemented May 1, and eligible Sailors will see the increase in their mid-month May paycheck and moving forward. CSP rates are based upon a member's pay grade and cumulative years of sea duty. All pay grades with at least three years of cumulative sea duty will receive a 25 percent increase in regular CSP, while service members who exceed 36 months of consecutive sea duty will receive an increase in CSP-P from $100 to $200 per month. Consistent with current policy, in lieu of receiving CSP-P, Sailors and Marines in grades E5-E9 with eight years of cumulative sea duty receive a higher CSP rate. For the new rates, see the chart below or  this downloadable chart.

Career Sea Pay Overview:

If you are an active duty service member on sea duty, you are entitled to Career Sea special pay, at a monthly rate of up to $750.

Your actual pay rate depends on your rank and number of years served at sea (Sea Duty), and ranges from $50 to $750.

If you have served 36 consecutive months of sea duty, you are also entitled to a Career Sea Pay Premium for the thirty-seventh consecutive month and each subsequent consecutive month of sea duty served by such member. The monthly amount of the premium shall be prescribed by the Secretary concerned, but may not exceed $350.

Sea Pay Premium
Sailors (E-4 and Below) are entitled to an extra $100 a month after they have completed three consecutive years of sea duty. Officers (of all ranks) are also eligible for this boost in sea pay after completing 3 years of consecutive sea duty.  Like many other incentive pays and bonuses, Sea Pay Premium is exempt from taxes as long as it is earned while serving in designated combat zone.

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to all Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force service members. Coast Guard tables are further down on this page.

Note: The years listed in the following table are years of cumulative sea duty. If a field is empty (i.e., Pay Grade E-9A, over 1 year), then the amount from the previous field (i.e., E-9A, 1 year or less) applies.

Pay Grade 1 or less Over 1 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4
E-9A 130.00   156.00 328.00 347.00
E-9N 135.00   160.00 381.00 400.00
E-9AF 100.00   120.00 175.00 190.00
E-8A 130.00   156.00 328.00 347.00
E-8N 135.00   160.00 381.00 400.00
E-8AF 100.00   120.00 175.00 190.00
E-7A 130.00   156.00 328.00 347.00
E-7N 135.00   160.00 381.00 400.00
E-7AF 100.00   120.00 175.00 190.00
E-6A 130.00   156.00 295.00 321.00
E-6N 135.00   160.00 350.00 375.00
E-6AF 100.00   120.00 150.00 170.00
E-5A 70.00 80.00 156.00 295.00 321.00
E-5N 70.00 80.00 160.00 350.00 375.00
E-5AF 50.00 60.00 120.00 150.00 170.00
E-4A 65.00 78.00 156.00 295.00 308.00
E-4N 70.00 80.00 160.00 350.00 363.00
E-4AF 50.00 60.00 120.00 150.00 160.00
E-3A 50.00 60.00 120.00 150.00 160.00
E-3N 50.00 60.00 100.00 125.00 125.00
E-2A 50.00 60.00 120.00 150.00 160.00
E-2N 50.00 60.00 75.00 94.00 94.00
E-1A 50.00 60.00 120.00 150.00 160.00
E-1N 50.00     63.00 63.00

NOTE: N after the pay grade denotes Navy and Marine Corps rates
A after the pay grade denotes Army rates
AF after the pay grade denotes Air Force rates
Coast Guard Career Sea Pay Charts

 

Pay Grade Over 5 Over 6 Over 7 Over 8 Over 9
E-9A 425.00   458.00 477.00 490.00
E-9N 438.00   469.00 688.00 700.00
E-9AF 350.00   375.00 390.00 400.00
E-8A 425.00   458.00 477.00 490.00
E-8N 438.00   469.00 688.00 700.00
E-8AF 350.00   375.00 390.00 400.00
E-7A 425.00   458.00 477.00 490.00
E-7N 438.00   469.00 688.00 700.00
E-7AF 350.00   375.00 390.00 400.00
E-6A 380.00 393.00 425.00   445.00
E-6N 394.00 406.00 438.00 638.00 656.00
E-6AF 315.00 325.00 350.00   365.00
E-5A 380.00 393.00 425.00    
E-5N 394.00 406.00 438.00 638.00  
E-5AF 315.00 325.00 350.00    
E-4A          
E-4N

 

    488.00  
E-4AF          
E-3A 170.00 190.00      
E-3N          
E-2A 170.00        
E-2N          
E-1A          
E-1N          
NOTE: N after the pay grade denotes Navy and Marine Corps rates
A after the pay grade denotes Army rates
AF after the pay grade denotes Air Force rates

 

 

U. S. Coast Guard Career Sea Pay Tables

Level 1 Table

Buoy Tenders, Construction Tenders, WPB, WIX, 140 WTGB, Harbor Tugs, CGC MACKINAW, Mobile Units*
(*) Law Enforcement Detachments (LEDETS), Tactical Law Enforcement Teams (TACLETS), Afloat Training Groups (ATGS), Cutter Support Teams (CSTS), Shipboard Aviation Detachments (AVDETS)

Cumulative years of sea duty

Pay Grade

< 2

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

16

18

20

 

E-1

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

O-1

E-2/E-3

50

75

85

100

150

160

170

170

170

170

170

170

170

170

170

170

O-2

E-4

85

130

150

180

270

285

300

300

300

300

300

300

300

300

300

300

 

E-5

110

165

190

230

345

360

380

380

380

380

380

380

380

380

380

380

O-3/W-2

E-6

130

195

225

270

405

425

445

445

445

445

445

445

445

445

445

445

O-4/W-3

E-7

145

220

255

305

460

485

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

O-5/W-4

E-8

160

240

275

330

495

520

545

545

545

545

545

545

545

545

545

545

O-6

E-9

175

265

305

365

550

580

610

610

610

610

610

610

610

610

610

610

 

Level 2 Table

270' WMEC, 210' WMEC (see Level 3 exceptions)

Cumulative years of sea duty

Pay Grade

< 2

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

16

18

20

 

E-1

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

25

O-1

E-2/E-3

60

85

100

115

175

185

195

195

195

195

195

195

195

195

195

195

O-2

E-4

100

150

175

205

310

330

345

345

345

345

345

345

345

345

345

345

 

E-5

125

190

220

265

395

415

435

435

435

435

435

435

435

435

435

435

O-3/W-2

E-6

150

225

260

310

465

490

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

510

O-4/W-3

E-7

165

255

295

350

530

560

585

585

585

585

585

585

585

585

585

585

O-5/W-4

E-8

185

275

315

380

570

600

625

625

625

625

625

625

625

625

625

625

O-6

E-9

200

305

350

420

635

665

700

700

700

700

700

700

700

700

700

700

 

Level 3 Table

Polar Class WAGB, WHEC, CGC STORIS, CGC ACHUSNET, CGC ALEX HALEY, USN Exchange Program*
(*) Officers assigned to USN vessels.

Cumulative years of sea duty

Pay Grade

< 2

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

16

18

20

 

E-1

30

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