Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 5W-5 Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 - Warrant Officer - U.S. Marine Corps Ranks
Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5) is the fifth, and highest, Warrant Officer rank in the Unites States Marine Corps. They are officially appointed by the the Secretary of the Marine Corps. They are master level experts of both the technical and tactical aspects of leading in their field. CW5s have extra leadership and representation responsibilities as well as the typical Warrant Officer responsibilities. Responsibilities of a Chief Warrant Officer 5 require intricate technical abilities and experience. They help with leader development, mentor-ship and advising Warrant and Branch Officers. They typically support operations at battalion, brigade, division, corps, and echelons levels above corps and other major operations.
The rank insignia of a Chief Warrant Officer 5 is very different from the other Warrant Officer rank insignias; it has three vertical stripes, the outer stripes are silver while the center stripe is maroon.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 is the 17th rank in the United States Marine Corps , ranking above Chief Warrant Officer 4 and directly below Second Lieutenant. A chief warrant officer 5 is a Warrant Officer at DoD paygrade W-5, with a starting monthly pay of $8,520.
How do you become a Chief Warrant Officer 5?
A Chief Warrant Officer 5 is most often promoted from Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
W-4s are selected for promotion to W-5 via CWO/LDO selection boards. Selection is very highly competitive, and eligibility begins after two years of time-in-grade.
What is the proper way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 5?
The correct way to address a Chief Warrant Officer 5 named Mr. Weber is "Warrant Officer Weber Infantry: Gunner Weber", or written as CW5 Weber. In formal situations, a Chief Warrant Officer 5 should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Chief Warrant Officer 5 earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Chief Warrant Officer 5 with Over 20 years of experience is $8,520.30 per month.
A Chief Warrant Officer 5 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 5's final compensation package.
In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 5 may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, hostile fire pay, and more.
For full details on the Marine Corps' Chief Warrant Officer 5 compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2023 Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 5 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-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5
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 5 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.