Military Pay Grades - Princeton Review

This chart, when read from left to right, defines the ranks associated with the pay grades in each branch of the armed forces. To match a pay grade to its corresponding rate of pay, go to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service's Military Pay Rates and Scale page, where you can view charts for the latest pay scale for all grades. You will then be able to see how payments increase over years served in each pay grade, as well as how aspects of your service can earn more money for housing, service at sea, and other special duties.

Pay
Grade

Army

Navy

Marines

Air Force

Commissioned Officers

0-1

Second Lieutenant

Ensign

Second Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

0-2

First Lieutenant

Lieutenant Junior Grade

First Lieutenant

First Lieutenant

0-3

Captain

Lieutenant

Captain

Captain

0-4

Major

Lieutenant Commander

Major

Major

0-5

Lieutenant Colonel

Commander

Lieutenant Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

0-6

Colonel

Captain

Colonel

Colonel

0-7

Brigadier General

Rear Admiral (L)

Brigadier General

Brigadier General

0-8

Major General

Rear Admiral

Major General

Major General

0-9

Lieutenant General

Vice Admiral

Lieutenant General

Lieutenant General

0-10

General

Admiral

General

General

Special Grades¹

(5 Stars)

General of the Army

Fleet Admiral

(none)

General of the Air Force

Warrant Officers

W-1

Warrant Officer. Grades W-2 to W-5 Chief Warrant Officer

Enlisted Personnel

E-1

Private

Seaman Recruit

Private

Airman Basic

E-2

Private

Seaman Apprentice

Private First Class

Airman

E-3

Private First Class

Seaman

Lance Corporal

Airman First Class

E-4

Corporal
Specialist 4

Petty Officer, Third Class

Corporal

Sergeant
Senior Airman

 

 

 

 

 

E-5

Sergeant
Specialist 5

Petty Officer, Second Class

Sergeant

Staff Sergeant

E-6

Staff Sergeant
Specialist 6

Petty Officer, First Class

Staff Sergeant

Technical Sergeant

E-7

Sergeant First Class
Specialist 7

Chief Petty Officer

First Sergeant
Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant

E-8

First Sergeant
Master Sergeant

Senior Chief Petty Officer

First Sergeant
Master Sergeant

Senior Master Sergeant

 

 

 

 

 

E-9

Command Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major

Master Chief Petty Officer

Sergeant Major
Master Gunnery Sergeant

Chief Master Sergeant

Special Grades²

E-10

Sergeant Major
of the Army

Master Chief Petty Officer
of the Navy

Sergeant Major of the
Marine Corps

Chief Master Sergeant
of the Air Force

¹ There are no living five-star commissioned officers.
² Senior enlisted advisers. There is only one for each branch of service.

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