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Army Ranks and Pay For 2020

The Army is the largest branch in the U.S. Military. There are over a million reported uniformed personnel when you include Army National Guard and Army Reserve with traditional uniformed soldiers.

The U.S. Army has a structured system for how it ranks personnel as well as how they are treated in terms of monthly base pay. It does not matter what type of role you fulfill in the U.S. Army, only the rank.

Here is a detailed outline of Army rankings and 2020 pay:

Army Ranks And Pay For 2020 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationMinimum Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,733
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,943
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$2,043
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,263
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,263
E-5SergeantSGT$2,468
e-6E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,694
E-7Sergeant First Class SFC$3,114
army master sergeant iconE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,480
E-8First Sergeant 1SG$4,480
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,473
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,473
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,473

Like most occupations your pay goes up the longer you serve in the U.S. Military. Pay increases steadily over a military career in any rank, and promotion to a higher rank offers even more pay benefits.

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Check out the charts below to see how Army ranks are paid each year of service:

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,043$2,171$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,263$2,378$2,507$2,635$2,747
E-5$2,468$2,634$2,761$2,891$3,095
E-6$2,694$2,964$3,095$3,222$3,355
E-7$3,114$3,399$3,530$3,701$3,836

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747
E-5$3,306$3,481$3,502$3,502$3,502
E-6$3,653$3,770$3,995$4,064$4,114
E-7$4,067$4,198$4,429$4,622$4,753
E-8$4,480$4,678$4,801$4,948$5,107
E-9N/A$5,473$5,597$5,753$5,937

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733$1,733
E-2$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943$1,943
E-3$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303$2,303
E-4$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747$2,747
E-5$3,502$3,502$3,502$3,502$3,502
E-6$4,172$4,172$4,172$4,172$4,172
E-7$4,893$4,946$5,129$5,226$5,597
E-8$5,395$5,540$5,788$5,926$6,264
E-9$6,123$6,419$6,671$6,935$7,340

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years 
E-8$6,390$6,390$6,390$6,390
E-9$7,706$8,092$8,498$8,498

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

Additional incentives, pay, and bonuses may also include:

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

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

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Let’s examine the ranking structure for officers in the Army:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationMinimum Monthly Pay
O-1Second Lieutenant2LT$3,287
O-2First Lieutenant1LT$3,787
O-3CaptainCPT$4,383
O-4MajorMAJ$4,985
O-5Lieutenant ColonelLTC$5,778
O-6ColonelCOL$6,931
O-7Brigadier GeneralBG$9,140
O-8Major GeneralMG$11,000
O-9Lieutenant General LTG$15,546
O-10GeneralGEN$16,442

The above figures for monthly pay for officer personnel are the absolute minimums. You will at least earn that much per month based on rank and the years served. 

The actual pay could be higher when you account for other incentives and how many years you’ve served.

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,287$3,422$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$3,788$4,313$4,968$5,136$5,241
O-3$4,383$4,969$5,363$5,847$6,128
O-4$4,985$5,771$6,156$6,242$6,599
O-5$5,778$6,509$6,959$7,044$7,326
O-6$6,931$7,615$8,114$8,114$8,145
O-7$9,140$9,565$9,761$9,917$10,200
O-8$11,000$11,360$11,600$11,666$11,965

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241
O-3$6,435$6,634$6,961$7,131$7,131
O-4$6,983$7,460$7,832$8,090$8,238
O-5$7,494$7,864$8,135$8,486$9,023
O-6$8,495$8,541$8,541$9,026$9,884
O-7$10,480$10,803$11,125$11,448$12,463
O-8$12,463$12,580$13,052$13,188$13,596

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136$4,136
O-2$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241$5,241
O-3$7,131$7,131$7,131$7,131$7,131
O-4$8,324$8,324$8,324$8,324$8,324
O-5$9,278$9,530$9,817$9,817$9,817
O-6$10,388$10,891$11,177$11,468$12,030
O-7$13,320$13,320$13,320$13,320$13,388
O-8$14,186$14,730$15,093$15,093$15,093
O-9N/A$15,546$15,771$16,094$16,422
O-10N/A$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
O-6$12,270$12,270$12,270$12,270
O-7$13,656$13,656$13,656$13,656
O-8$15,471$15,857$15,857$15,857
O-9$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422
O-10$16,422$16,422$16,422$16,422

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Army Ranks And Pay For 2020 – Warrant Officers

Finally, let’s study the pay charts for warrant officers. 

Warrant officers are classified above enlisted Army personnel yet not as high up as designated officers.

Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
W-1$3,213$3,559$3,652$3,848$4,081
W-2$3,661$4,007$4,113$4,187$4,424
W-3$4,137$4,309$4,486$4,544$4,729
W-4$4,530$4,873$5,012$5,150$5,387

Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-1$4,423$4,583$4,807$5,027$5,200
W-2$4,793$4,976$5,156$5,376$5,548
W-3$5,094$5,473$5,652$5,859$6,072
W-4$5,622$5,859$6,216$6,529$6,827

Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
W-1$5,359$5,552$5,552$5,552$5,552
W-2$5,704$5,890$6,013$6,110$6,110
W-3$6,455$6,714$6,868$7,033$7,257
W-4$7,071$7,309$7,658$7,945$8,273
W-5N/A$8,055$8,463$8,768$9,104

30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$8,438$8,438$8,438$8,438
W-5$9,560$10,037$10,540$10,540

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Conclusion

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

For more details about expected monthly pay and other military benefits, please speak with a local recruiter.

References

https://www.federalpay.org/military/army/ranks

https://www.federalpay.org/military/army

https://www.goarmy.com/benefits.html

Elie P.
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