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Lieutenant Junior Grade

Navy Lieutenant

O-3 Junior Officer, U.S. Navy
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Navy O-3 Lieutenant

Class Junior Officer
Abbr. LT
Title Lieutenant (last name)
Paygrade O-3 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-3 (NATO Code)
Salary $3711.90/mo

What is a Lieutenant?

Lieutenant is the third commissioned officer rank in the United States Navy, and is comparable to the rank of Captain in the other branches of the Armed Service. Lieutenants serve as Division Officers aboard Navy ships, and command groups of sailors and petty officers in various divisions including the deck department, engineering, and others.

Navy lieutenants are eligible to receive the position of First Lieutenant, a special billet that provides exceptional officers with enhanced leadership and responsibilities. A First Lieutenant often serves as second in command aboard small naval ships, including frigates and destroyers, or as the senior Division Officer on a larger vessel.

Lieutenant is the 19th rank in the United States Navy, ranking above Lieutenant Junior Grade and directly below Lieutenant Commander. A lieutenant is a Junior Officer at DoD paygrade O-3, with a starting monthly pay of $3711.90.

How do you become a Lieutenant?

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

What is the proper way to address a Lieutenant?

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

How much does a Lieutenant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Lieutenant with no years of experience is $3,711.90 per month. A Lieutenant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

For full details on the Navy's Lieutenant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Navy Lieutenant 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 Lieutenant is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

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