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1950-1981 Navy-Marine Corps Sea Pay Charts

Career Sea Pay Charts, 1950-1981

The pay tables below reflect the sea pay amounts earned during the periods listed for each chart. Sea pay saw little attention or growth over the years reflected in the charts.

Sea pay was taxed unless it was earned in a designated tax-free zone.

The below rates reflect a monthly amount in US dollars which is added to basic military pay.



1981 Navy-Marine Corps Sea Pay Rates

Rates in effect from October 1, 1980 to September 30, 1981. Sea Pay applied to Enlisted personnel E-4 and above with over 4 years of service.

1981 Career Sea Pay Chart
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Over 3Over 5Over 7Over 9Over 10Over 11Over 12
294052637586115

1979-1980 Navy-Marine Corps Sea Pay Rates

Rates in effect from October 1, 1978 to September 30, 1980. Sea Pay applied to Enlisted personnel E-4 and above with over 4 years of service.

1979-1980 Career Sea Pay Chart
Cumulative Years of Sea Duty
Over 3Over 5Over 12
253555

1959-1978 Navy-Marine Corps Sea Pay Rates

For the years from 1950 to 1978, Sea Pay and Foreign Duty Pay was the same amount. Public Law 87649, Section 305, "Special Pay: sea and foreign duty" is an example of each of the subsequent and following piece of legislation that covers this period when it states, "...under regulations prescribed by the President, an enlisted member of a uniformed service who is entitled to basic pay is also, while on sea duty, or on duty in any place outside the United States, or in Alaska or Hawaii, entitled to special pay at the following rates:"

Rates in effect from June 1, 1958 to September 30, 1978.

1959-1978 Career Sea Pay Chart
Pay GradeAmountPay GradeAmount
E-922.50E-413
E-822.50E-39
E-722.50E-28
E-620E-18
E-516 

1950-1958 Navy-Marine Corps Sea Pay Rates

Rates in effect from October 1, 1949 to May 31, 1958.

1950-1958 Career Sea Pay Chart
Pay GradeAmountPay GradeAmount
E-722.50E-39
E-620E-28
E-516E-18
E-413 

Those in the NAVCAD program eligible for sea pay drew $8.00 per month during the period April 1, 1955 to September 30, 1974.

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Navy and Marine Corps Sea Pay Charts in effect from October 1, 1949 to September 30, 1981. Foreign Duty pay in this document effective October 1, 1949 to September 30, 1978.
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