Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3W-3 Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 - Chief Warrant Officer - U.S. Coast Guard Ranks
Chief Warrant Officer 3 is the United States Coast Guard's second billeted warrant officer rank. Warrant officers serve as technical specialists with command authority within their field of expertise, and hold a variety of positions essential to the smooth operations of the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Warrant Officers usually belong to one of 30 specialties including boatswain, master mate, surgeon, chaplain, and carpenter, which are specialized and skilled positions that often require specialists with command authority and leadership skills.
Sailors are generally promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 3 from Chief Warrant Officer 2; they are chosen for promotion when they show exceptional service and experience.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 is the 14th rank in the United States Coast Guard , ranking above Chief Warrant Officer 2 and directly below Chief Warrant Officer 4. A chief warrant officer 3 is a Chief Warrant Officer at DoD paygrade W-3, with a starting monthly pay of $4,376.
How do you become a Chief Warrant Officer 3?
A Chief Warrant Officer 3 is most often promoted from Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO-2), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
Eligible warrant officers compete annually for placement on the advancement lists for CWO3. They are selected by a board and appointed to a placement in a warrant specialty in Aviation engineering, Bandmaster, Boatswain, Criminal Investigator, Electronics, Finance & Supply, Information Systems, Intelligence Systems, Marine Safety (Deck or Engineering), Maritime Law Enforcement and Security, Material Maintenance, Medical Administration, Naval Engineering, Operations Systems, Personnel Administration, Public Information, or Weapons. The warrant is issued by the President of the United States and the CWO2 takes the same oath as commissioned officers.
What is the proper way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 3?
The correct way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 3 named Mr. Rodriguez is "Mr. Rodriguez or Chief Rodriguez", or written as CWO-3 Rodriguez. 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 2 or less years of experience is $4,376.40 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 Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including hazard pay, education allowance, clothing allowance, and more.
For full details on the Coast Guard's Chief Warrant Officer 3 compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2024 Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Pay Chart. A full table of the Coast Guard's current paygrades are available at the Coast Guard Pay Chart.
Equivalent Ranks to the Coast Guard's W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3
To learn more about the Coast Guard's rank structure, see our complete list of Coast Guard ranks.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Chief Warrant Officer 3 is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Coast Guard rank to GS grade conversion table .
To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Coast Guard and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.