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Navy Commander

O-5 Senior Officer, U.S. Navy
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Navy Commander
Navy Commander
Navy O-5 Commander

Class Senior Officer
Abbr. CDR
Title Commander (last name)
Paygrade O-5 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-5 (NATO Code)
Salary $4893.00/mo

What is a Commander?

Commander is the first senior commissioned officer rank in the U.S. Navy, and is equivalent to the rank of Liutenant Colonel in the other Armed Services.

Commanders often serve as the captain of a small Navy vessel, such as a frigate, destroyer, or submarine. Commanders may also lead squadrons of aircraft, be placed in charge of a small shore mission, or serve on the staff of a senior officer aboard a large Naval vessel.

Commanders wear the navy-blue uniform of a full Line Officer and are the first rank permitted to wear gold-embellished cap brim, often called "scrambled eggs".

Commander is the 21st rank in the United States Navy, ranking above Lieutenant Commander and directly below Captain. A commander is a Senior Officer at DoD paygrade O-5, with a starting monthly pay of $4893.00.

How do you become a Commander?

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

What is the proper way to address a Commander?

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

How much does a Commander earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Commander with no years of experience is $4,893.00 per month. A Commander receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Commander's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Navy Commander may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

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

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

Equivalent Ranks

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