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Air Force Ranks and Pay for 2019

The United States Air Force serves as the aerial and space warfare branch of the military. It was divided from the U.S. Army in the early 20th century in order to support changing technology as equipment went to the air.

The USAF has a structure for how it ranks its service members. The ranking is important as it not only assigns roles and responsibilities, but also relates to how much you get paid.

Here is a detailed outline of Air Force rankings and 2019 pay…

Air Force Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Pay (Monthly)
E-1Airman BasicAB$1,600
E-2AirmanAmn$1,793
airman first class smallE-3Airman First ClassA1C$2,005
E-4Senior AirmanSrA$2,311
E-5Staff SergeantSSgt$2,755
E-6Technical SergeantTSgt$3,168
E-7Master SergeantMSgt$4,021
E-8Senior Master SergeantSMSgt$5,017
E-9Chief Master SergeantCMSgt$6,448
command chief master sergeant insig smallE-9Command Chief Master SergeantCCM$6,448
chief master sergeant of the air force insigE-9Chief Master Sergeant Of The Air ForceCMSAF$6,448

The pay in the United States Air Force improves the longer you serve just like most occupations. As you will notice in the charts (below) the pay steadily increases yet eventually reaches a cap for each ranking.

Here is a detailed breakdown of USAF ranks and pay based on years served:

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Air Force Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$1,886$2,004$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,089$2,196$2,315$2,432$2,536
E-5$2,278$2,432$2,549$2,669$2,857
E-6$2,487$2,737$2,857$2,975$3,097
E-7$2,875$3,138$3,258$3,417$3,542

Air Force Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536
E-5$3,053$3,214$3,233$3,233$3,233
E-6$3,373$3,480$3,688$3,752$3,798
E-7$3,755$3,875$4,089$4,267$4,388
E-8$4,136$4,319$4,432$4,568$4,715
E-9N/A$5,053$5,167$5,312$5,481

Air Force Enlisted Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600$1,600
E-2$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793$1,793
E-3$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126$2,126
E-4$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536$2,536
E-5$3,233$3,233$3,233$3,233$3,233
E-6$3,852$3,852$3,852$3,852$3,852
E-7$4,517$4,567$4,735$4,825$5,168
E-8$4,980$5,115$5,344$5,471$5,783
E-9$5,653$5,927$6,159$6,403$6,776

Air Force Enlisted Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-8$5,899$5,899$5,899$5,899
E-9$7,115$7,471$7,845$7,845

The pay rates posted above do not include a variety of bonus and benefits exclusive to the U.S. Air Force. 

Additional incentives, pay, and bonuses may also include:

    • Uniform allowances
    • Family separation allowance
    • Hardship duty pay
    • Re-Enlistment bonuses
    • Quick ship bonuses
    • BAH – Basic Allowance for Housing
    • Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus

Please check with your local Air Force recruiter to learn more about pay and benefits.

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Let’s examine the ranking structure for officers in the Air Force:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Avg. Pay (Monthly)
O-1Second Lieutenant2d Lt$3,426
O-2First Lieutenant1st L$4,167
O-3CaptainCapt$5,314
O-4MajorMaj$6,143
O-5Lieutenant ColonelLt Co$7,198
air force colonel smallO-6ColonelCol$8,863
O-7Brigadier GeneralBrig$10,522
O-8Major GeneralMaj G$12,397
O-9Lieutenant GeneralLt Ge$14,967
O-10GeneralGen$15,583
O-10General of the Air ForceGAF$15,583

Along with the pay charts for enlisted personnel, the above figures for monthly pay are the bare minimums. The good news is that you will at least earn that much with the opportunity to earn even more based on performance and individual reputation.

Air Force Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,035$3,159$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$3,497$3,982$4,586$4,741$4,839
O-3$4,047$4,587$4,951$5,398$5,657
O-4$4,603$5,328$5,684$5,762$6,092
O-5$5,334$6,009$6,425$6,503$6,763
O-6$6,399$7,030$7,491$7,491$7,520
O-7$8,438$8,830$9,011$9,156$9,417
O-8$10,155$10,488$10,709$10,770$11,046

Air Force Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839
O-3$5,941$6,124$6,426$6,584$6,584
O-4$6,446$6,887$7,230$7,469$7,606
O-5$6,918$7,260$7,511$7,834$8,330
O-6$7,842$7,885$7,885$8,333$9,125
O-7$9,675$9,973$10,270$10,569$11,506
O-8$11,506$11,613$12,050$12,175$12,552

Air Force Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819$3,819
O-2$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839$4,839
O-3$6,584$6,584$6,584$6,584$6,584
O-4$7,685$7,685$7,685$7,685$7,685
O-5$8,565$8,798$9,063$9,063$9,063
O-6$9,590$10,055$10,319$10,587$11,106
O-7$12,297$12,297$12,297$12,297$12,360
O-8$13,097$13,599$13,934$13,934$13,934
O-9N/A$14,352$14,559$14,85815,379
O-10N/A$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583

Air Force Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$11,328$11,328$11,328$11,328
O-7$12,607$12,607$12,607$12,607
O-8$14,283$14,640$14,640$14,640
O-9$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583
O-10$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583

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Conclusion

There is a lot to the pay structure in the U.S. Air Force depending on ranking and years served.

The article breaks just the surface of USAF pay and rankings. Please contact a local recruiter to receive more details about expected monthly pay and other military benefits.

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Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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