Admirals hold the highest major Navy Commands, or Combatant or Geographic Commands.

Examples include the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO); the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO); the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NAVSEA 08); the Director of Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM); and the Director of the National Security Administration and US Cyber Command (DIRNSA/COMUSCYBERCOM).

Flag-rank officers from any service may be chosen for Joint Commands, such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS).

An Admiral is considered a Flag Officer, with a paygrade of O-10.

On this page you can learn more about an Admiral's payscale, the process of becoming a Admiral, and the history of the rank in the United States Navy.

Starting pay for an Admiral is $15,583.20 per month.

You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for an Admiral, or visit our Navy pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.