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Army Chief Warrant Officer 3

W-3 Warrant Officer, U.S. Army
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Army Chief Warrant Officer 3
Army W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3

Class Warrant Officer
Abbr. CW3
Title Mr. (last name) or Chief (last name)
Paygrade W-3 (DoD Paygrade)
WO-3 (NATO Code)
Salary $3502.80/mo

What is a Chief Warrant Officer 3?

Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) is the third Warrant Officer rank in the Unites States Army. They are officially appointed by the the Secretary of the Army. They are advanced level experts of both the technical and tactical aspects of leading in their field. Responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer 2 are ones that would typically call for the authority of a commissioned officer but require also the intricate technical abilities and experience a commissioned officer would not have has the opportunity to achieve. They provide the guidance, assistance and supervision their subordinates need to perform their duties. They typically support operations from team to brigade levels.

The rank insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer 3 is the same as a Chief Warrant Officer 2's, but it's a vertical silver bar with three black stripes within it, instead of two.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 is the 16th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Chief Warrant Officer 2 and directly below Chief Warrant Officer 4. A chief warrant officer 3 is a Warrant Officer at DoD paygrade W-3, with a starting monthly pay of $3502.80.

How do you become a Chief Warrant Officer 3?

A Chief Warrant Officer 3 is most often promoted from Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 3?

The correct way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 3 named Mr. Miller is "Mr. Miller or Chief Miller", or written as CW3 Miller. In formal situations, a Chief Warrant Officer 3 should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Chief Warrant Officer 3 earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Chief Warrant Officer 3 with no years of experience is $3,502.80 per month. A Chief Warrant Officer 3 receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Chief Warrant Officer 3's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, personal money allowance, retirement benefits, hazard pay, and more.

For full details on the Army's Chief Warrant Officer 3 compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Pay Chart. A full table of the Army's current paygrades are available at the Army Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Chief Warrant Officer 3 is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 3
Army
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 3
Coast Guard
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 3
Marine Corps
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Navy Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Equivalent to Chief Warrant Officer 3
Navy
Chief Warrant Officer 3