Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4W-4 Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 - Warrant Officer - U.S. Marine Corps Ranks
Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) is the fourth Warrant Officer rank in the Unites States Marine Corps. They are officially appointed by the the Secretary of the Marine Corps. They are senior level experts of both the technical and tactical aspects of leading in their field. Responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer 4 are ones that require intricate technical abilities and experience. They are mentors to the lower Warrant Officers and speak to commanders about WO issues. They typically support operations at battalion, brigade, division, corps, and echelons levels above corps operations.
The rank insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer 4 is the same as a Chief Warrant Officer 3's, but has two silver stripes, instead of one, on a maroon field.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 is the 16th rank in the United States Marine Corps , ranking above Chief Warrant Officer 3 and directly below Chief Warrant Officer 5. A chief warrant officer 4 is a Warrant Officer at DoD paygrade W-4, with a starting monthly pay of $4,792.
How do you become a Chief Warrant Officer 4?
A Chief Warrant Officer 4 is most often promoted from Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
W-3s are selected for promotion to W-4 via CWO/LDO selection boards. Selection is highly competitive, and eligibility begins after two years of time-in-grade.
What is the proper way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 4?
The correct way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 4 named Mr. Espinoza is "Warrant Officer Espinoza Infantry: Gunner Espinoza", or written as CW4 Espinoza. In formal situations, a Chief Warrant Officer 4 should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Chief Warrant Officer 4 earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Chief Warrant Officer 4 with 2 or less years of experience is $4,791.90 per month.
A Chief Warrant Officer 4 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 4's final compensation package.
In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including education allowance, clothing allowance, hostile fire pay, food allowance, and more.
For full details on the Marine Corps' Chief Warrant Officer 4 compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2023 Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pay Chart. A full table of the Marine Corps' current paygrades are available at the Marine Corps Pay Chart.
Equivalent Ranks to the Marine Corps' W-4 Chief Warrant Officer 4
To learn more about the Marine Corps' rank structure, see our complete list of Marine Corps ranks.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Chief Warrant Officer 4 is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Marine Corps rank to GS grade conversion table .
To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Marine Corps and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.