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U.S. Army Salary By Ranking


The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1] and United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle B, Chapter 301, Section 3001].

U.S. Army Ranks And Salaries – Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest

An enlisted member enters the Army as a Private. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Private First Class. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.

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The highest rank attainable in the U.S. Army is the five-star General of the Army. Often called a “five-star general”, the rank of General of the Army has historically been reserved for wartime use and is not currently active in the U.S. Army.

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The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Army and their respective pay grades, abbreviations, and salaries.

Pay Grade Rank Abbreviation 2017 Pay Range
E-1 Private PVT $1,600 per month
E-2 Private Second Class PV2 $1,793 per month
E-3 Private First Class PFC $22,630 – $25,510per year
E-4 Specialist SPC $25,067 – $30,427per year
E-4 Corporal CPL $25,067 – $30,427per year
E-5 Sergeant SGT $27,338 – $38,794per year
E-6 Staff Sergeant SSG $29,840 – $46,220per year
E-7 Sergeant First Class SFC $34,502 – $62,010per year
E-8 Master Sergeant MSG $49,633 – $70,787per year
E-8 First Sergeant 1SG $49,633 – $70,787per year
E-9 Sergeant Major SGM $60,631 – $94,136per year
E-9 Command Sergeant Major CSM $60,631 – $94,136per year
E-9 Sergeant Major of the Army SMA $60,631 – $94,136per year
W-1 Warrant Officer 1 WO1 $35,597 – $61,510per year
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 CW2 $40,554 – $67,687per year
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 CW3 $45,828 – $80,392per year
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 CW4 $50,184 – $93,478per year
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 CW5 $89,233 – $116,770per year
O-1 Second Lieutenant 2LT $36,418 – $45,824per year
O-2 First Lieutenant 1LT $41,958 – $58,068per year
O-3 Captain CPT $48,560 – $79,002per year
O-4 Major MAJ $55,231 – $92,218per year
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel LTC $64,012 – $108,752per year
O-6 Colonel COL $76,784 – $135,936per year
O-7 Brigadier General BG $101,257 – $151,283per year
O-8 Major General MG $121,860 – $175,676per year
O-9 Lieutenant General LTG $172,224 – $186,998per year
O-10 General GEN $15,583 per month
O-10 General of the Army GA $15,583 per month
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