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Salary of a Seaman How much does an E-3 Seaman in the Navy get paid?

A Seaman is a junior enlisted in the United States Navy at DoD paygrade E-3. A Seaman receives a monthly basic pay salary starting at $2,378 per month, with raises up to $2,680 per month once they have served for over 3 years.

In addition to basic pay, Seamans may receive additional pay allowances for housing and food, as well as special incentive pay for hostile fire and dangerous duties.

Including the most common pay allowances, the average total compensation for a Seaman may range from $51,642.05 to $55,274.45 per year as of 2024.

Navy Seaman 2024 Salary Navy Seaman Basic Pay Table for 2024
Years Experience Monthly Basic Pay Yearly Basic Pay Drill Pay Hazard Pay
Starting Pay$2,377.50 / mo$28,530.00 / yr$79.25 / drill$150.00
Over 2 years$2,526.90 / mo$30,322.80 / yr$84.23 / drill$150.00
Over 3 years$2,680.20 / mo$32,162.40 / yr$89.34 / drill$150.00

Additional Pay & Allowances for an E-3

In addition to Basic Pay, a Seaman may be eligible to receive several types of allowances and incentive pay.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Basic Allowance for Housing is a monthly payment meant to subsidize a servicemember's housing while deployed. The amount of BAH received each month depends on the location in which they live.

The average Basic Housing Allowance for a Seaman with dependants is $1,883.31, or $1,465.75 with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All enlisted members of the Navy receive a monthly allowance for food and drink of $460.25.

Enlisted members' BAS is higher than officers' BAS, as enlisted members are generally responsible for buying their own food.

Hazard Pay / Hostile Fire Pay

A Seaman may receive hazard pay of $150.00 / mo while serving in an active combat zone or subject to hostile fire or other hazards.

Military Discounts & Benefits for Seamen:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty seamen, veterans, and even their families are eligible for hundreds of discounts and additional benefits offered by organizations and private companies like JetBlue , United Airlines , Verizon , and hundreds more.

Learn more about Military Discounts

Salary of a Seaman Seaman Pay Calculator for 2024

As this page shows, the total compensation paid to a Navy Seaman is significantly more than just basic pay. This simple pay calculator can estimate the total compensation for a Seaman by adding basic pay to housing allowance (BAH) and subsistance allowance (BAS), the two largest payments received by most seamen.

Navy Seaman Pay Calculator Navy Seaman Salary Calculator
E-3 Basic Pay with years service $28,530.00 per year
Average BAH allowance (no dependants) $17,589.05 per year
Average BAS allowance (enlisted) $5,523.00 per year
Total Estimated Compensation $51,642.05 per year

The Government civilian employee equivalent of a Seaman is paid under the General Schedule paygrade. To learn more, see this Navy ranks to civilian General Schedule grades conversion table .