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Career Sea Pay

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Updated September 07, 2012

Sea duty, for the purpose of entitlement to career sea pay, is service performed by a member under orders issued by competent authority:

(1) While permanently assigned for duty to a ship, ship-based staff, or ship-based aviation unit and serving in a ship whose primary mission is accomplished underway. If the member is temporarily assigned to duties ashore, sea duty continues for the first 30 consecutive days from the beginning of the temporary duty. In other words, if a member is permanently assigned to a ship, but performs duty ashore for 60 days, the first 30 of those days would still count as sea duty, for the purposes of receiving sea duty pay.

(2) While temporarily assigned for duty to a vessel, ship-based staff, or ship-based aviation unit and serving on a ship whose primary mission is accomplished underway.

(3) While permanently or temporarily assigned for duty to a vessel or ship-based staff and serving on a ship with a primary mission accomplished in port, but only during that period while the ship is away from its home port. A ship is considered away from its home port whenever it is at sea, or in a port located more than 50 miles away from the home port.

(4) While serving as a member of the off crew of a two-crewed submarine.

In addition to the amounts shown in the chart below, personnel in the paygrades of E-4 through E-9 receive a separate payment of $100 per month, known as Premium Career Sea Pay anytime they have been serving at sea for longer than 36 consequtive months.

Prior to this reform (which was made in 2001), E-4 through E-9 personnel did not receive Premium Career Sea Pay as a separate payment, because the amount was already included in the Career Sea Pay Chart. This has now changed, and Premium Career Sea Pay is a separate payment.

However, E-4 through E-9 personnel with more than 8 years of sea duty do not receive Premium Career Sea Pay as a separate payment, because the amount (the extra $100 per month) is already embedded in the chart shown below.

For detailed information about Career Sea Pay, see Department of Defense (DOD) Pay Regulation, Volume 7A (Active Duty & Reserve Pay), Chapter 18 -- Special Pay - Sea Duty.

Note: The top numbers are years of sea duty (not years in the service.)

Enlisted Career Sea Pay

Pay Grade 1 Year or Less Over 1 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4
E-9 135 135 160 305 320
E-8 135 135 160 305 320
E-7 135 135 160 305 320
E-6 135 135 160 280 300
E-5 70 80 160 280 300
E-4 70 80 160 280 290
E-3 50 60 100 100 100
E-2 50 60 75 75 75
E-1 50 50 50 50 50

 

Pay Grade Over 5 Over 6 Over 7 Over 8 Over 9
E-9 350 350 375 490 500
E-8 350 350 375 490 500
E-7 350 350 375 490 500
E-6 315 325 350 450 465
E-5 315 325 350 450 450
E-4 290 290 290 390 390
E-3 100 100 100 100 100
E-2 75 75 75 75 75
E-1 50 50 50 50 50

 

Pay Grade Over 10 Over 11 Over 12 Over 13 Over 14
E-9 500 510 520 550 575
E-8 500 510 520 550 575
E-7 500 510 520 550 575
E-6 450 450 480 495 510
E-5 450 450 450 450 450
E-4 390 390 390 390 390

 

Pay Grade Over 16 Over 18 Over 20
E-9 620 620 620
E-8 600 620 620
E-7 600 600 600
E-6 525 550 550

 

 

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