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Salary of a Seabee Officer

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The U.S. Navy's Seabees serve as the navy's construction arm, building facilities and making repairs on any number of facilities. The Seabees began in World War II after the Navy needed sailors to begin rebuilding facilities after the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Like other naval personnel, Seabea officers receive pay based on a variety of factors.

Office Pay Grade

Officer ranks in the U.S. Navy range from O-1 (ensign) to O-9 (admiral). The higher the rank, the higher an officer's basic pay. For example, the basic pay of an O-1, according to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, is $2,784 to $3,502.50 per month, while the basic pay for an O-5 (commander) is 4,893 to $7,856.70.

Years of Service

Officer pay also depends on the number of years of service you have in the navy. A Lieutenant Junior Grade, or O-2, earns $3,207.30 per month if the officer has two years or less of service. On the other hand, an O-2 with nine years of service earns $4,438.50 per year, according to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Housing Allowances

Navy Seabea officers also receive a housing allowance based on rank and whether they have dependents. An O-2, for example, receives $922.20 per month in basic housing allowance if she does not have dependents; if she does, she receives $1,094.40 per month. An O-6 without dependents receives $1,288.80 per month and $1,556.40 per month with dependents.

Other Pay and Benefits

In addition to basic pay and housing allowances, Seabee officers are also entitled to other benefits associated with military service. Naval officers receive benefits such as complete medical and dental health care coverage for themselves and their dependents, military commissary access and low-cost life insurance. Officers also receive vacation time, known as leave in the Navy, of up to 30 days per year, cumulative to 60 days per year.


Roger Thorne is an attorney who began freelance writing in 2003. He has written for publications ranging from "MotorHome" magazine to "Cruising World." Thorne specializes in writing for law firms, Web sites, and professionals. He has a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.