Navy CaptainO-6 Senior Officer, U.S. Navy
O-6 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-6 (NATO Code)
What is a Captain?
Captain is a senior commissioned officer's rank in the United States Navy, and is equivalent to the rank of Major in the other Armed Services. Navy captains can hold a variety of high-level leadership positions, including:
- Command of a Navy cruiser or larger ship
- Command of a ballistic missile submarine, or a squadron of attack submarines
- Command of a Naval Air Wing based on an Aircraft Carrier or amphibious assault vessel
- Command of a variety of shore-based installations such as bases or Naval schools
- Senior staff leadership positions in a variety of contexts
Captain is the 22nd rank in the United States Navy, ranking above Commander and directly below Rear Admiral Lower Half. A captain is a Senior Officer at DoD paygrade O-6, with a starting monthly pay of $5869.50.
How do you become a Captain?
A Captain is most often promoted from Commander (CDR), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
What is the proper way to address a Captain?
The correct way to address a Captain named Mr. Gutierrez is "Captain", or written as CAPT Gutierrez. In formal situations, a Captain should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Captain earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Captain with no years of experience is $5,869.50 per month. A Captain receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.
Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Captain's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Navy Captain may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including housing allowance, education allowance, food allowance, and more.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Captain is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.