The United States Air Force is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces (U.S. Military Forces). It is one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces, and one of the seven American uniformed services.
See Also: U.S. Air Force Ranks And Symbols
U.S. Air Force Ranks – Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest
An enlisted member enters the Air Force as an Airman Basic. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Airman First Class. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.
The highest rank attainable in the Air Force is the five-star General of the Air Force. In 1944, Congress created the rank General of the Air Force. The only person to hold this rank was Henry H. Arnold.
The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Air Force and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and salaries.
|Pay Grade||Rank||Abbreviation||2017 Pay Range|
|E-1||Airman Basic||AB||$1,600 per month|
|E-2||Airman||Amn||$1,793 per month|
|E-3||Airman First Class||A1C||$22,630 – $25,510 per year|
|E-4||Senior Airman||SrA||$25,067 – $30,427 per year|
|E-5||Staff Sergeant||SSgt||$27,338 – $38,794 per year|
|E-6||Technical Sergeant||TSgt||$29,840 – $46,220 per year|
|E-7||Master Sergeant||MSgt||$34,502 – $62,010 per year|
|E-8||Senior Master Sergeant||SMSgt||$49,633 – $70,787 per year|
|E-9||Chief Master Sergeant||CMSgt||$60,631 – $94,136 per year|
|E-9||Command Chief Master Sergeant||CCM||$60,631 – $94,136 per year|
|E-9||Chief Master Sergeant Of The Air Force||CMSAF||$60,631 – $94,136 per year|
|O-1||Second Lieutenant||2d Lt||$36,418 – $45,824 per year|
|O-2||First Lieutenant||1st L||$41,958 – $58,068 per year|
|O-3||Captain||Capt||$48,560 – $79,002 per year|
|O-4||Major||Maj||$55,231 – $92,218 per year|
|O-5||Lieutenant Colonel||Lt Co||$64,012 – $108,752 per year|
|O-6||Colonel||Col||$76,784 – $135,936 per year|
|O-7||Brigadier General||Brig||$101,257 – $151,283 per year|
|O-8||Major General||Maj G||$121,860 – $175,676 per year|
|O-9||Lieutenant General||Lt Ge||$172,224 – $186,998 per year|
|O-10||General||Gen||$15,583 per month|
|O-10||General of the Air Force||GAF||$15,583 per month|