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Navy Pay Regulation Act of 1860

An Act to increase and regulate the Pay of the Navy of the United States.

On June 1, 1860, President James Buchanan approved, "An Act to increase and regulate the Pay of the Navy of the United States." which provided for commissioned and warrant officer pay based on the type of duty for which employed.

Law as Written [1]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the passage of this act the annual pay of the officers of the navy, on the active list, hereinafter named, shall be as follows:

Captains.--The senior flag officer, created under and by virtue of an act of Congress approved March second, eighteen hundred and fifty seven, shall receive four thousand five hundred dollars.

Captains when commanding squadrons, five thousand dollars.

All other captains on duty at sea, four thousand two hundred dollars.

Captains on other duty, three thousand six hundred dollars.

When on leave or waiting orders, three thousand dollars.

The 1860 Navy officer pay chart.

Commanders.--Every commander on duty at sea, for the first five years after the date of his commission, two thousand eight hundred and twenty-five dollars.

For the second five years after the date of his commission, three thousand one hundred and fifty dollars.

Every commander on other duty, for the first five years after the date of his commission, two thousand six hundred and sixty-two dollars.

For the second five years after the date of his commission, two thousand eight hundred and twenty-five dollars.

All other commanders, two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.

Lieutenants commanding at sea, two thousand five hundred and fifty dollars.

Lieutenants.--Every lieutenant on duty at sea, one thousand five hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen seven years' sea-service in the navy, one thousand seven hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen nine years' sea-service, one thousand nine hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen eleven years' sea-service, two thousand one hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen thirteen years' sea-service, two thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.

Every lieutenant on other duty shall receive one thousand five hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen seven years' sea-service in the navy, one thousand six hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen nine years' sea-service, one thousand seven hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen eleven years' sea-service, one thousand eight hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen thirteen years' sea-service, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five dollars.

Every lieutenant on leave or waiting orders, one thousand two hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen seven years' sea-service, in the navy, one thousand two hundred and sixty-six dollars.

After he shall have seen nine years' sea-service, one thousand three hundred and thirty-three dollars.

After he shall have seen eleven years' sea-service, one thousand four hundred dollars.

After he shall have seen thirteen years' sea-service, one thousand four hundred and fifty dollars.

Chaplains.--Chaplains shall be paid as lieutenants.

Every chaplain shall be permitted to conduct public worship according to the manner and forms of the church of which he may be a member.

Every chaplain retained in the service shall be required to report annually, to the Secretary of the Navy, the official services performed by him.

Masters.--Every master in the line of promotion, when on duty as such at sea, one thousand two hundred dollars.

When on other duty, one thousand one hundred dollars.

When on leave or waiting orders, eight hundred and twenty-five dollars.

Passed Midshipmen.--Every passed midshipman, when on duty as such at sea, one thousand dollars.

When on other duty, eight hundred dollars

When on leave or waiting orders, six hundred and fifty dollars.

Midshipmen.--Every midshipman at sea, five hundred and fifty dollars.

When on other duty, five hundred dollars.

When on leave of absence or waiting orders, four hundred and fifty dollars.


Pay History | 1860 Pay Page-2


[1]United States Statutes at Large, Volume 12, pg. 23-27, Government Printing Office.

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