Petty Officer First Class Salary


A Petty Officer First Class is an enlisted member of the United States Navy or United States Coast Guard. Abbreviated as "PO1," a Petty Officer First Class is paid at the rate of E-6. A PO1 on active duty receives base pay, BAH and BAS and certain other pays if deployed. A PO1 in the Navy or Coast Guard Reserve receives only base pay at the rate of four days of base pay for one monthly drill weekend. Reserve pay is calculated by dividing base pay by 30 and then multiplying it by four drill periods.

Base Pay

  • Base pay for a Petty Officer First Class begins at $2,281.20 per month for a PO1 with two or fewer years of military service. This increases at the two-year mark to $2,510.10, and again at the 3-year mark to $2,620.80. Another increase in pay is given at the four-year mark to $2,728.50, and again at the six-year mark to $2,840.70. A PO1 receives another pay raise at eight years of service, to $3,093.60 and again at 10 years of service to $3,192.30, and again at 12 years of service to $3,382.80. A pay raise is again given at the 14-year mark of military service, increasing the pay for a PO1 to $3,441.00 per month, and then to $3,483.60 at the 16-year mark. At the 18-year mark of military service, the pay for a PO1 caps out at $3,533.40 per month.


  • BAH, or Basic Allowance for Housing, is based on duty location. BAH is only paid to those military service members who do not live in government housing. BAH can range anywhere from $924 to $2,850 per month. A higher cost of living in a particular area will increase BAH rates for that area.


  • BAS, or Basic Allowance for Subsistence, is a monthly stipend given to military members to help offset the cost of meals. BAS for enlisted members is currently paid at the rate of $325.04 per month.


  • Navy and Coast Guard members in the rank of Petty Officer First Class are also entitled to special pays while deployed. These consist of Family Separation Allowance for those married or with children in the amount of $250 per month. Hostile Fire Pay is $225 per month and Hazardous Duty Pay is $150 per month.

Sea and Submarine Pay

  • Navy and Coast Guard members who serve at sea or are stationed aboard a submarine may also be eligible for special pays based on their duty locations. Submarine Duty Incentive Pay for an E-6 ranges from $155 per month to $375 per month. Monthly Career Sea Pay for an E-6 ranges from $135 to $550 per month. These allowances are based upon time served in the military.

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