U.S. uniformed services pay grades

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Pay grades are used by the uniformed services of the United States to determine wages and benefits based on the corresponding military rank of a member of the services. While different titles or ranks may be used among the seven uniformed services, pay grades are uniform and equivalent between the services and can be used to quickly determine seniority among a group of members from different services. They are also essential when determining a member's entitlements such as basic pay and allowances.

Pay grades are divided into three groups: enlisted (E), warrant officer (W), and officer (O). Enlisted pay grades begin at E-1 and end at E-9; warrant officer pay grades originate at W-1 and terminate at W-5; and officer pay grades start at O-1 and finish at O-11. Not all of the uniformed services use all of the grades; for example, the Navy and Coast Guard (USCG) do not use the grade W-1 (the USCG also does not use W-5), and the Air Force (USAF) discontinued appointing new warrant officers in 1959 (although the last USAF warrant officer did not retire until 1992).[1]

Currently, neither the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nor the Public Health Service (USPHS) use any of the enlisted or warrant officer grades. However, in October 2004 the USPHS initiated "a program to establish a cadre of Warrant Officers to support the long-established Commissioned Corps of the PHS." (As of 2/1/2014 the program was still in development.)[2] Additionally, while not one of the seven uniformed services, the Maritime Service, (which provides officers serving in the Maritime Administration and as administrators and instructors at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the six state-operated maritime academies) is also authorized, but does currently employ, enlisted or warrant officer grades.

Officers in pay grades O-1, O-2, and O-3 with more than four years of prior cumulative service in an enlisted or warrant officer grade are paid increased wages using the special pay grades of O-1E, O-2E, and O-3E, respectively. This benefit does not affect their rank and is used simply for reward and incentive purposes in recognition of their prior enlisted experience.

For pay tables and information on specific pay grade wages and entitlements for members of the uniformed services, see United States military pay.

Equivalent grades in NATO armed forces[edit]

The enlisted grades correspond with the NATO rank codes, with E-1 being equivalent to OR-1, E-2 equivalent to OR-2, and so on. The officer grades are all one higher than their NATO equivalent (except O-1) as the O-1 and O-2 grades are both equivalent to the NATO code of OF-1. Hence O-3 is equivalent to OF-2, O-4 is equivalent to OF-3, and so on. U.S. warrant officer grades (W-1 through W-5) are depicted in the NATO system as WO-1 through WO-5. The United States is the only nation that has officers in this category.

Enlisted pay grades[edit]

Pay grade Rank by Branch of Service
Army Marine Corps Navy Air Force Coast Guard
E-1 Private Private Seaman Recruit Airman Basic Seaman Recruit
E-2 Private Private First Class Seaman Apprentice Airman Seaman Apprentice
E-3 Private First Class Lance Corporal Seaman Airman First Class Seaman
E-4 Corporal Petty Officer Third Class Senior Airman Petty Officer Third Class
E-5 Sergeant Sergeant Petty Officer Second Class Staff Sergeant Petty Officer Second Class
E-6 Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant Petty Officer First Class Technical Sergeant Petty Officer First Class
E-7 Sergeant First Class Gunnery Sergeant Chief Petty Officer Master Sergeant Chief Petty Officer
E-8
  • Master Sergeant
  • First Sergeant
Senior Chief Petty Officer Senior Master Sergeant Senior Chief Petty Officer
E-9

Note: The Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps consist entirely of commissioned officers and do not use any of the enlisted pay grades.

Schedule 8 - Pay Of The Uniformed Services Part I--Monthly Basic Pay
(Effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2015)[3]
Pay Grade Years Of Service (computed under 37 U.S.C. 205)
2 or less Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 6 Over 8 Over 10 Over 12 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18
E-9* $4,885.20 $4,995.90 $5,135.40 $5,299.20 $5,465.10
E-8 $3,999.00 $4,175.70 $4,285.20 $4,416.60 $4,558.80 $4,815.30
E-7 $2,780.10 $3,034.20 $3,150.30 $3,304.20 $3,424.50 $3,630.90 $3,747.00 $3,953.40 $4,125.00 $4,242.30 $4,367.10
E-6 $2,404.50 $2,645.70 $2,762.40 $2,876.10 $2,994.60 $3,261.00 $3,364.80 $3,565.80 $3,627.30 $3,672.00 $3,724.20
E-5 $2,202.90 $2,350.80 $2,464.50 $2,580.60 $2,761.80 $2,951.40 $3,107.10 $3,125.70 $3,125.70 $3,125.70 $3,125.70
E-4 $2,019.60 $2,122.80 $2,238.00 $2,351.40 $2,451.60 $2,451.60 $2,451.60 $2,451.60 $2,451.60 $2,451.60 $2,451.60
E-3 $1,823.40 $1,938.00 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30 $2,055.30
E-2 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00 $1,734.00
E-1** $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80 $1,546.80
E-1*** $1,430.40
* For noncommissioned officers serving as Sergeant Major of the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy or Coast Guard, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, basic pay for this grade is $7,894.50 per month, regardless of cumulative years of service under 37 U.S.C. 205.

** Applies to personnel who have served 4 months or more on active duty.
*** Applies to personnel who have served less than 4 months on active duty.

Warrant Officer pay grades[edit]

Pay grade Rank by Branch of Service
Army Marine Corps Navy Air Force Coast Guard Public Health
Service
Commissioned
Corps
NOAA
Commissioned
Officer
Corps
W-1 Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 not used discontinued not used none none
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 discontinued Chief Warrant Officer 2 none none
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 discontinued Chief Warrant Officer 3 none none
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 discontinued Chief Warrant Officer 4 none none
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 none not used none none
Schedule 8 - Pay Of The Uniformed Services Part I--Monthly Basic Pay
(Effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2015)[4]
Pay Grade Years Of Service (computed under 37 U.S.C. 205)
2 or less Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 6 Over 8 Over 10 Over 12 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18
W-4 $4,043.40 $4,349.70 $4,474.20 $4,597.20 $4,808.70 $5,018.10 $5,229.90 $5,548.80 $5,828.10 $6,094.20 $6,311.70
W-3 $3,692.40 $3,846.30 $4,004.10 $4,056.00 $4,221.30 $4,546.80 $4,885.50 $5,045.10 $5,229.60 $5,419.80 $5,761.50
W-2 $3,267.30 $3,576.30 $3,671.70 $3,736.80 $3,948.90 $4,278.30 $4,441.50 $4,602.00 $4,798.50 $4,951.80 $5,091.00
W-1 $2,868.30 $3,176.70 $3,259.80 $3,435.00 $3,642.60 $3,948.30 $4,091.10 $4,290.30 $4,486.80 $4,641.30 $4,783.20

Officer pay grades[edit]

Pay grade Rank by Branch of Service
Army Marine Corps Navy Air Force Coast Guard Public Health Service
Commissioned Corps
NOAA
Commissioned Officer Corps
O-1

O-1E*

Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Ensign Second Lieutenant Ensign Ensign Ensign
O-2

O-2E*

First Lieutenant First Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) First Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Lieutenant (junior grade) Lieutenant (junior grade)
O-3

O-3E*

Captain Captain Lieutenant Captain Lieutenant Lieutenant Lieutenant
O-4 Major Major Lieutenant Commander Major Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Commander Lieutenant Colonel Commander Commander Commander
O-6 Colonel Colonel Captain Colonel Captain Captain Captain
O-7 Brigadier General Brigadier General Rear Admiral (lower half) Brigadier General Rear Admiral (lower half) Rear Admiral (lower half) Rear Admiral (lower half)
O-8 Major General Major General Rear Admiral Major General Rear Admiral Rear Admiral Rear Admiral
O-9 Lieutenant General Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Vice Admiral Vice Admiral Vice Admiral
O-10 General General Admiral General Admiral Admiral Admiral (no appointments)**
O-11 General of the Army*** none Fleet Admiral*** General of the Air Force*** none none none

Notes:
* The pay grade designations O-1E, O-2E, and O-3E pertain to certain officers who have over four years of prior service as an enlisted member or warrant officer.
** The rank of Admiral (O-10) has been established for the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, but the United States Congress has not authorized its use, and no NOAA Corps officer has ranked higher than Vice Admiral (O-9).
*** The O-11 ranks of General of the Army, General of the Air Force, and Fleet Admiral are considered special ranks that can be conferred in wartime only. While it is still possible for an officer to be selected for these ranks, they do not appear on the current military pay grade scale.

Schedule 8 - Pay Of The Uniformed Services Part I--Monthly Basic Pay*
(Effective on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2015)[5]
Pay Grade Years Of Service (computed under 37 U.S.C. 205)
2 or less Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 6 Over 8 Over 10 Over 12 Over 14 Over 16 Over 18
O-10**
O-9
O-8 $9,946.20 $10,272.00 $10,488.30 $10,548.60 $10,818.60 $11,269.20 $11,373.90 $11,802.00 $11,924.70 $12,293.40 $12,827.10
O-7 $8,264.40 $8,648.40 $8,826.00 $8,967.30 $9,222.90 $9,475.80 $9,767.70 $10,059.00 $10,351.20 $11,269.20 $12,043.80
O-6 $6,186.60 $6,796.80 $7,242.90 $7,242.90 $7,270.50 $7,582.20 $7,623.30 $7,623.30 $8,056.50 $8,822.40 $9,272.10
O-5 $5,157.60 $5,810.10 $6,212.10 $6,288.00 $6,539.10 $6,689.10 $7,019.10 $7,261.50 $7,574.70 $8,053.80 $8,281.20
O-4 $4,449.90 $5,151.30 $5,495.10 $5,571.60 $5,890.50 $6,232.80 $6,659.10 $6,990.60 $7,221.00 $7,353.60 $7,430.10
O-3*** $3,912.60 $4,435.20 $4,787.10 $5,219.40 $5,469.60 $5,744.10 $5,921.10 $6,213.00 $6,365.40 $6,365.40 $6,365.40
O-2*** $3,380.70 $3,850.20 $4,434.30 $4,584.00 $4,678.50 $4,678.50 $4,678.50 $4,678.50 $4,678.50 $4,678.50 $4,678.50
O-1*** $2,934.30 $3,054.30 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10 $3,692.10
* Basic pay is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2014, which is $15,125.10 per month for officers at pay grades O-7 through O-10, and limited to the rate of basic pay for level V of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2015, which is $12,391.80 per month, for officers at O-6 and below.
** For officers serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, or commander of a unified or specified combatant command (as defined in 10 U.S.C. 161(c)), basic pay for this grade is calculated to be $21,147.30 per month, regardless of cumulative years of service computed under 37 U.S.C. 205. Nevertheless, actual basic pay for these officers is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2014, which is $15,125.10 per month.
*** Does not apply to commissioned officers who have been credited with over 4 years of active duty service as an enlisted member or warrant officer.

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