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Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander

O-4 Junior Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
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Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander
Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander
Coast Guard O-4 Lieutenant Commander

Class Junior Officer
Abbr. LCDR
Title Lieutenant Commander (last name)
Paygrade O-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-3 (NATO Code)
Salary $4221.90/mo

What is a Lieutenant Commander?

Lieutenant Commander is the fourth commissioned officer's rank in the U.S. Coast Guard and is equivalent to the rank of Major in the other Armed Services. Lieutenant Commanders generally serve as mid-ranking officers in the excutive and command divisions of Coast Guard vessels.

A Lieutenant Commander wears a uniform similar to that of a Line Officer, with the main difference being the lack of golden cap-brim embellishments; the hats with gold rims are known as known as "scrambled eggs".

Lieutenant Commander is the 20th rank in the United States Coast Guard, ranking above Lieutenant and directly below Commander. A lieutenant commander is a Junior Officer at DoD paygrade O-4, with a starting monthly pay of $4221.90.

How do you become a Lieutenant Commander?

A Lieutenant Commander is most often promoted from Lieutenant (LT), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Lieutenant Commander?

The correct way to address a Lieutenant Commander named Mr. Garelick is "Lieutenant Commander Garelick", or written as LCDR Garelick. In formal situations, a Lieutenant Commander should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Lieutenant Commander earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Lieutenant Commander with no years of experience is $4,221.90 per month. A Lieutenant Commander receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Lieutenant Commander's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including hostile fire pay, housing allowance, clothing allowance, food allowance, and more.

For full details on the Coast Guard's Lieutenant Commander compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Pay Chart. A full table of the Coast Guard's current paygrades are available at the Coast Guard Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Lieutenant Commander is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Major - Equivalent to Lieutenant Commander
Air Force
Major
Army Major - Equivalent to Lieutenant Commander
Army
Major
Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Lieutenant Commander
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Lieutenant Commander
Marine Corps Major - Equivalent to Lieutenant Commander
Marine Corps
Major
Navy Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Lieutenant Commander
Navy
Lieutenant Commander