The U.S. Navy basic pay structure is based on a combination of rank or rating, and years of service. Enlisted personnel are assigned ratings rather than ranks, and there are separate pay structures for warrant officers and commissioned officers.
All members within the U.S. Navy pay structure are assigned a years of service value between less than two years and more than 38 years of service. Pay within each rank or rating is then based on years of service. The lowest basic pay for enlisted members of the U.S. Navy is reserved for seaman recruits with less than two years of service, while the highest basic pay is reserved for master chief petty officers of the Navy with more than 38 years of service.
The U.S Navy basic pay structure for warrant officers is broken down by five ranks. Warrant officer ones with less than two years of service earn the lowest monthly pay within the U.S. Navy pay structure for warrant officers, while chief warrant officer fives with more than 38 years receive the highest monthly pay.
The U.S. Navy pay structure for commissioned officers is broken down into 10 ranks. Ensigns with less than two years of service earn the lowest basic monthly pay within the U.S. Navy commissioned officer pay structure, while the highest pay is earned by admirals with more than 38 years of service.