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Career Sea Pay

Sailors and Marines load cases of water onto the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) in preparation for the ship getting underway to deploy to Saipan. (U.S. Navy photo by Leah Eclavea/Released)
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Career Sea Pay for enlisted members can range from a monthly rate of $5 to $750 depending on your paygrade and how many years of sea time you have.

For officer sea pay information click here.

Sea Pay Premium

Sea pay premium is a special pay that is in addition to career sea pay and is paid for unusually long periods of continuous sea duty. A member entitled to career sea pay who has served 36 consecutive months of sea duty becomes entitled to sea pay premium for the 37th and consecutive months of sea duty.

Sea Pay and Sea Pay Premium is payable to all branches who serve on ships, ship-based aviation units, For detailed information see below.

Army Sea Pay Information

Navy & Marine Corps Sea Pay Information

Air Force Sea Pay Information

Coast Guard Sea Pay Information

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Army enlisted members:

Sea Pay Permium is $100 a month and payable to:

  1. All enlisted members in pay grades E-1 through E-3
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 Over 1 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 5 Over 6 Over 7 Over 8
E-9 130 130 156 328 347 425 425 458 477
E-8 130 130 156 328 347 425 425 458 477
E-7 130 130 156 328 347 425 425 458 477
E-6 130 130 156 295 321 380 393 425 425
E-5 65 78 156 295 321 380 393 425 425
E-4 65 78 156 275 308 308 308 308 308
E-3 50 60 120 150 160 170 190 190 190
E-2 50 60 120 150 160 170 170 170 170
E-1 50 60 120 150 160 160 160 160 160
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Over 9 Over 10 Over 11 Over 12 Over 13 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18 Over 20
E-9 490 490 503 516 555 588 620 646 646
E-8 490 490 503 516 555 588 620 646 646
E-7 490 490 503 516 555 588 620 620 620
E-6 445 445 445 464 484 503 523 555 555
E-5 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
E-4 308 308 308 308 308 308 308 308 308
E-3 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190 190
E-2 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170 170
E-1 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Navy & Marine Corps enlisted members:

Sea Pay  Premium is $200 a month and payable to:

  1. All enlisted members in pay grades E-1 through E-4
  2. All enlisted members in pay grades E-5 through E-9 with less than 8 years of cumulative sea duty
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 Over 1 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 5 Over 6 Over 7 Over 8
E-9 135 135 160 381 400 438 438 469 688
E-8 135 135 160 381 400 438 438 469 688
E-7 135 135 160 381 400 438 438 469 688
E-6 135 135 160 350 375 394 406 438 638
E-5 70 80 160 350 375 394 406 438 638
E-4 70 80 160 350 363 363 363 363 488
E-3 50 60 100 125 125 125 125 125 125
E-2 50 60 75 94 94 94 94 94 94
E-1 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Over 9 Over 10 Over 11 Over 12 Over 13 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18 Over 20
E-9 700 700 713 725 750 750 750 750 750
E-8 700 700 713 725 750 750 750 750 750
E-7 700 700 713 725 750 750 750 750 750
E-6 656 656 656 675 694 713 731 750 750
E-5 638 638 638 638 638 638 638 638 638
E-4 488 488 488 488 488 488 488 488 488
E-3 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125
E-2 94 94 94 94 94 94 94 94 94
E-1 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 63 63

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Air Force enlisted members:

Sea Pay Premium is $100 a month and payable to:

  1. All enlisted members in pay grade E-4
  2. All enlisted members in pay grades E-5 through E-9 with less than 5 years of cumulative sea duty
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 Over 1 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 5 Over 6 Over 7 Over 8
E-9 100 100 120 175 190 350 350 375 390
E-8 100 100 120 175 190 350 350 375 390
E-7 100 100 120 175 190 350 350 375 390
E-6 100 100 120 150 170 315 325 350 350
E-5 50 60 120 150 170 315 325 350 350
E-4 50 60 120 150 160 160 160 160 160
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Over 9 Over 10 Over 11 Over 12 Over 13 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18 Over 20
E-9 400 400 410 420 450 475 520 520 520
E-8 400 400 410 420 450 475 520 520 520
E-7 400 400 410 420 450 475 500 500 500
E-6 365 365 365 380 395 410 425 450 450
E-5 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350
E-4 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160 160

 

Sea pay premium for Coast Guard personnel is $100 a month and is payable to all members in paygrades E-4 through O-6.

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Coast Guard enlisted members on Level 1 Assignments:

Level 1 cutters and assignments will consist of inland buoy tenders (WLI), small harbor tugs (WYTL), afloat training organizations, and deployed aviation detachments.

Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E-9 50 75 75 100 150 200 250 300 300
E-8 50 75 75 100 150 200 250 300 300
E-7 50 75 75 100 150 200 250 250 250
E-6 50 75 75 100 150 200 200 200 200
E-5 50 75 75 100 150 150 150 150 150
E-4 50 75 75 100 125 125 125 125 125
E-3 25 50 75 75 100 100 100 100 100
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20
E-9 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300
E-8 300 300 300 300 300 300 300 300
E-7 250 250 250 250 250 250 510 510
E-6 200 200 200 200 200 200 200 200
E-5 150 150 150 150 150 150 150 150
E-4 125 125 125 125 125 125 125 125
E-3 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Coast Guard enlisted members on Level 2 Assignments:

Level 2 cutters and assignments will consist of icebreaking tugs (WTGB), patrol boats (WPB), inland construction tnders (WLIC), riber buoy tenders (WSLR), and coastal buoy tenders (WLM).

Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E-9 50 75 125 175 250 400 450 525 550
E-8 50 75 125 175 250 400 450 475 475
E-7 50 75 125 175 250 400 450 450 450
E-6 50 75 125 175 250 350 400 400 400
E-5 50 75 125 175 225 300 325 325 350
E-4 50 75 125 150 175 299 225 250 275
E-3 35 50 75 75 100 100 125 125 150
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20
E-9 550 550 575 600 625 625 625 625
E-8 500 500 525 525 525 550 550 550
E-7 450 450 450 475 475 500 500 500
E-6 400 425 425 425 425 450 450 450
E-5 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350
E-4 275 300 300 300 300 300 300 300
E-3 150 175 175 175 175 175 175 175
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Coast Guard enlisted members on Level 3 Assignments:

Level 3 cutters and assignments will include the Great Lakes icebreaker (WLBB), seagoing buoy tenders (WLB), fast response cutters (WPC), and deployed TACLET units.

Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E-9 50 75 175 200 300 425 500 525 525
E-8 50 75 175 200 300 425 500 525 525
E-7 50 75 175 200 300 425 500 525 525
E-6 50 75 175 200 300 425 425 450 450
E-5 50 75 175 200 250 350 375 375 375
E-4 50 75 150 175 200 275 300 300 300
E-3 35 50 75 75 100 100 125 125 150
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20
E-9 550 550 600 600 600 625 625 625
E-8 550 550 550 550 550 575 575 575
E-7 525 525 525 525 525 550 550 550
E-6 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450
E-5 375 400 400 400 400 400 400 400
E-4 300 325 325 325 325 325 325 325
E-3 150 175 175 175 175 175 175 175
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Coast Guard enlisted members on Level 4 Assignments:

Level 4 cutters and assignments will include Coast Guard Barque Eagle, non-Alaskan medium endurance cutters (WMEC), non-Alaskan high endurance cutters (WHEC), non-Alaskan offshore patrol cutters (WMSM), PATFORSWA, deployed PATFORSWA cutter support teams and permanent duty aboard sea pay-eligible non-Coast Guard vessels.

Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E-9 75 125 200 300 350 525 600 625 650
E-8 75 125 200 300 350 525 600 625 650
E-7 75 125 200 300 350 525 600 625 650
E-6 75 125 200 275 350 500 525 525 525
E-5 75 125 200 275 300 425 425 450 450
E-4 75 125 175 200 225 325 325 325 350
E-3 35 75 75 100 125 125 125 125 150
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20
E-9 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750
E-8 675 700 700 700 700 700 700 700
E-7 675 675 675 675 675 675 675 675
E-6 525 550 550 550 550 550 550 550
E-5 450 450 450 450 450 450 450 450
E-4 350 350 350 350 350 350 350 350
E-3 150 175 175 200 200 200 200 200
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

 

The following Career Sea Pay rate tables apply to Coast Guard enlisted members on Level 5 Assignments:

Level 5 cutters and assignments will include heavy icebreakers (WAGB), national security cutters (WMSL), and Alaska based endurance cutters, high endurance cutters and offshore patrol cutters.

Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
Under 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
E-9 100 150 225 325 400 650 700 700 725
E-8 100 150 225 325 400 650 700 700 725
E-7 100 150 225 325 400 650 700 700 700
E-6 100 150 225 325 400 575 600 600 600
E-5 100 150 225 300 375 475 500 500 500
E-4 75 150 225 225 250 375 375 375 375
E-3 50 75 100 100 125 125 150 150 175
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Pay
Grade
9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20
E-9 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750
E-8 750 750 750 750 750 750 750 750
E-7 700 725 725 725 725 725 725 725
E-6 600 625 625 625 625 625 625 625
E-5 500 525 525 525 525 525 525 525
E-4 375 400 400 400 400 400 400 400
E-3 175 200 200 225 225 250 250 250
E-2 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
E-1 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

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