Military Pay Chart and Rank Insignia (Pay Scales)

Are you longing to join the military? If you have been thinking to join the military and thinking to know the rank and pay structure, I have put together an easy to read military pay chart for you to see how much each class in the military is paid. There is also an army chart, navy chart and an Air force chart for you to compare the scales between all the different departments.

The letter in the chart of the pay grade shows that which group the specific service member falls into, and the number specifies which rank it is. For example, there is written an E-5 pay grade then it would mean that the member is in the fifth rank regardless of the branch. The exact monthly pay also changes depending upon the time passed in a specific department.

The monthly pay numbers may be seen to you smaller than the civilian pay in some cases, but base pay is not only the complete story. As we know, the Military member either live in on-base housing or receive a housing allowance which is calculated separate from the base pay. They also get subsistence pay to cover the costs of food and other benefits such as free health care.

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Military Pay Chart For Commissioned Officers

Officers are the highest paid people in any department, but potential must have to meet certain conditions before getting a commission and entering the training. An officer is usually in some sort of management or war leadership role, but some officers join the military at special professional positions such as doctors and chaplains. These people have already gained post-graduate degrees in their respective fields.
The most mandatory thing to qualify for a commission is to obtain a bachelor's degree.  if you get your bachelor's degree from a military academy than there are high chances of you getting the job and you will be preferred over other people who haven't get a degree from a military institute. Getting the degree from a military institute also increases the chances of promotion to some of the higher official ranks. Enlisted personnel can also make the jump to an officer based on their commander's recommendations. The time which you spent as an enlisted person is not counted as time in service for an officer, and an O-1, O-2 or O-3 that is a prior enlisted member can receive higher pay than an officer with no enlisted time.

The Navy uses rank titles and insignia that are different from the other branches of the military. When on a base controlled by a different branch, naval officers can be seen wearing an insignia that is equivalent to their respective rank.

The ranks are divided into three categories that are related to the level of responsibility the officers within the rank hold. O-1 to O-3 are those officers which are considered company grade officers or junior grade officers if they are in the Navy. O-4 to O-6 are field grade officers or mid-grade and O-7 and up are general officers or flag officers.

O-1

Monthly Base Pay: $2,792.40 with 2 years or less of time in service.
Prior Enlisted Pay: $3740.10 with 4 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Second Lieutenant
Insignia: Single Gold Bar
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Ensign
Insignia: Single 1/2 Inch Stripe Below Corps Device

O-2

Monthly Base Pay: $3,900.30 with 2 years of time in service.
Prior Enlisted Pay: $4,739.40 with 6 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: First Lieutenant
Insignia: Single Silver Bar
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Insignia: Single 1/2 Inch Stripe, 1/4 Inch Stripe, Device

O-3

Monthly Base Pay: $5,287.20 with 4 years of time in service.
Prior Enlisted Pay: $5,818.80 with 8 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Captain
Insignia: Double Silver Bars
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Lieutenant
Insignia: Two 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

O-4

Monthly Base Pay: $6,745.80 with 10 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Major
Insignia: Gold Oak Leaf
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Lieutenant Commander
Insignia: 1/4 Inch Stripe Between Two 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

O-5

Monthly Base Pay: $8,158.50 with 16 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Lieutenant Colonel
Insignia: Silver Oak Leaf
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Commander
Insignia: Three 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

O-6

Monthly Base Pay: $9,847.80 with 20 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Colonel
Insignia: Silver Eagle
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Captain
Insignia: Four 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

O-7

Monthly Base Pay: $12,043.80 with 22 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Brigadier General
Insignia: Single Silver Star
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Rear Admiral Lower Half
Insignia: Two Inch Stripe Below Device

O-8

Monthly Base Pay: $13,647.30 with 24 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Major General
Insignia: Two Silver Stars
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Rear Admiral Upper Half
Insignia: Two Inch Stripe And Single 1/2 Inch Stripe Below Device

O-9

Monthly Base Pay: $15,062.40 with 26 years of time in service.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: Lieutenant General
Insignia: Three Silver Stars
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Vice Admiral
Insignia: Two Inch Stripe And Two 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

O-10

Monthly Base Pay: $17,071.50 with 28 years of time in service.
Note: Special positions such as Chief of Staff receive a base pay increase to $21,147.30.
Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps 
Title: General
Insignia: Four Silver Stars
Navy and Coast Guard 
Title: Vice Admiral
Insignia: Two Inch Stripe And Three 1/2 Inch Stripes Below Device

Military Pay Chart For Enlisted Personnel

Most of the service members are enlisted and there is a vast majarity of personnel that are enlisted in the military. They are a crucial part of the military and perform most of the day to day work. Getting entry to enlisted is much easier than the others becuase they fill a wide range of jobs in the military. However a large portion of the country is not able to enlist. You must have a good health and all the condition that are required to perfom the duties and reasonable physical fitness to join this category.

Rank in the military for this category is marked by chevrons. A chevron's ends will point upward, while an inverted chevron has the ends pointed down. The advancement of a rank depends upon the time served and time spent, although there are many opportunities to achieve certain ranks quicker.
The enlisted member continues to go to the upper ranks, they become senior non-commissioned officers or staff non-commissioned officers in the Marine Corps. The personnel getting to the top of these ranks have served well throughout a long career and take middle management positions of advice commissioned officers.

The rank structure is given in the following list:-

E-1

Base Monthly Pay: $1566.90
These ranks have no uniform insignia.
Army: Private
Marines: Private
Air Force: Airman Basic
Navy and Coast Guard: Seaman Recruit
Note: The exact title for junior enlisted personnel and the color of their
stripes in the Navy and Coast Guard depends on their job specialty.

E-2

Base Monthly Pay: $1,756.50
Army: Private E-2, wears a single inverted chevron.
Marines: Private First Class, wears a single inverted chevron.
Air Force: Airman, wears a single chevron.
Navy and Coast Guard: Seaman Apprentice, wears two stripes.

E-3

Base Monthly Pay: $1,963.20 with 2 years of time in service.
Army: Private First Class, wears a single chevron below an inverted chevron.
Marines: Lance Corporal, wears a single inverted chevron above two crossed rifles.
Air Force: Airman First class, wears two chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Seaman, wears three stripes.

E-4

Base Monthly Pay: $2,150.40 with 2 years of time in service.
Army: Specialist, wears the General Service Army Eagle.
or Corporal* wears two inverted chevrons.
Marines: Corporal*, wears two inverted chevrons above two crossed rifles.
Air Force: Senior Airman, wears three chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Petty Officer Third Class*, wears an eagle above a chevron.
Note: NCOs in the Navy and Coast Guard wear a device matching their job
specialty between the eagle and the chevrons.

E-5

Base Monthly Pay: $2,614.20 with 4 years of time in service.
Army: Sergeant, wears three inverted chevrons.
Marines: Sergeant, wears three inverted chevrons above two crossed rifles.
Air Force: Staff Sergeant*, wears four chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Petty Officer Second Class, wears an eagle above two chevrons.

E-6

Base Monthly Pay: $3,033.60 with 6 years of time in service.
Army: Staff Sergeant, wears one chevron and three inverted chevrons.
Marines: Staff Sergeant**, wears one chevron and three inverted chevrons with two crossed rifles between.
Air Force: Technical Sergeant, wears five chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Petty Officer First Class, wears an eagle above three chevrons.

E-7

Base Monthly Pay: $3,795.60 with 10 years of time in service.
Army: Sergeant First Class**, wears two chevrons below three inverted chevrons.
Marines: Gunnery Sergeant, wears two chevrons and three inverted chevrons with two crossed rifles between.
Air Force: Master Sergeant**, wears five chevrons below one inverted chevron.
Navy and Coast Guard: Chief Petty Officer**, wears an eagle above one inverted chevron and three chevrons.

E-8

Base Monthly Pay: $4,473.90 with 14 years of time in service.
Army: Master Sergeant, wears three chevrons below three inverted chevrons.
Marines: Master Sergeant, wears three chevrons and three inverted chevrons with two crossed rifles between.
Air Force: Senior Master Sergeant, wears five chevrons below two inverted chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Senior Chief Petty Officer, wears a star and an eagle above an inverted chevron and three chevrons.

E-9

Base Monthly Pay: $5,536.20 with 18 years of time in service.
Army: Sergeant Major, wears three chevrons below three inverted chevrons with a star between.
Marines: Master Gunnery Sergeant, wears three chevrons and three inverted chevrons with two crossed rifles between.
Air Force: Chief Master Sergeant, wears five chevrons below three inverted chevrons.
Navy and Coast Guard: Master Chief Petty Officer, wears two stars and an eagle above an inverted chevron and three chevrons.