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NOAA Corps

Pay and Benefits

Officer pay is based on rank and time in service.

The figures below are for an Ensign (O-1) with no prior service, as of January 2019.

Monthly pay and allowances at Basic Officer Training Class (BOTC), New London, Connecticut
Basic Pay $4,011.90
Basic Allowance for Subsistence1 $254.39
TOTAL $4,266.29

Married officers also receive a monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)1 while at New London. The amount of BAH varies with duty station location and/or the location of the officer's dependents.

While at BOTC, room is provided at no charge. You must reimburse the government for meals.

Example of monthly pay and allowances for new officers following BOTC
Basic Pay $4,011.90
Basic Allowance for Subsistence1 $254.39
BASIC ALLOWANCE FOR HOUSING1 Varies by location, see examples below.
CAREER SEA PAY Varies by seagoing time
Dive Pay $240.00 (Only for Qualified Divers if Requirements are Met)
Aviation Incentive Career Pay Varies (Only for Qualified Aviators)
Total $4,271.29 + Pays & Allowances the Officer Qualifies for

Basic Allowance for Housing

Single officers not living aboard ship, and married officers receive a monthly Basic Allowance for Housing1. The amount varies based on the ship's home port.

Examples of Basic Allowance for Housing
HomeportOfficer without dependentsOfficer with dependents
Norfolk, VA $1,455 $1,563
Newport, OR $1,200 $1,503

Other benefits include:

  • 30 days of paid vacation each year
  • Retirement with pension after 20 years of active duty service
  • New Blended Retirement System
  • Comprehensive medical and dental coverage
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
  • Military exchange and commissary privileges
  • Option to enroll for the following benefits:
    • $400,000 term life insurance at a cost of $27.00 per month; (lower coverage amounts may be selected, and coverage for spouse and children is also available)
    • Thrift Savings Plan [similar to 401(k) Plan found in private sector]
    • 9/11 GI Bill Education Benefit Program
    • Long Term Care Insurance(various options/premiums)

For more information about pay and benefits, see Pay and Benefits under the Commissioned Personnel Center section.

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Tax-Free Allowance (not subject to Federal or state income taxes)

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Reviewed: March 26, 2019. Contact us with page issues.

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