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Army Ranks and Basic Pay For 2019

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 or role you fulfill in the U.S. Army, only the rank.

Here is a detailed outline of Army rankings and 2019 pay:

Army Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

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.

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

Army Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
E-1$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681
E-2$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884
E-3$1,981$2,106$2,233$2,233$2,233
E-4$2,195$2,307$2,432$2,555$2,664
E-5$2,394$2,554$2,678$2,804$3,001
E-6$2,613$2,875$3,002$3,125$3,254
E-7$3,021$3,297$3,423$3,591$3,721

Army Enlisted Ranks and Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
E-1$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681
E-2$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884
E-3$2,233$2,233$2,233$2,233$2,233
E-4$2,664$2,664$2,664$2,664$2,664
E-5$3,207$3,376$3,396$3,396$3,396
E-6$3,543$3,656$3,874$3,941$3,990
E-7$3,945$4,072$4,296$4,482$4,610
E-8$4,345$4,538$4,657$4,799$4,954
E-9N/A$5,308$5,429$5,580$5,758

Army Enlisted Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 yearsOver 26 Years
E-1$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681$1,681
E-2$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884$1,884
E-3$2,233$2,233$2,233$2,233$2,233
E-4$2,664$2,664$2,664$2,664$2,664
E-5$3,396$3,396$3,396$3,396$3,396
E-6$4,047$4,047$4,047$4,047$4,047
E-7$4,745$4,798$4,974$5,069$5,429
E-8$5,233$5,374$5,614$5,747$6,076
E-9$5,938$6,227$6,470$6,727$7,119

Army Enlisted Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years 
E-8$6,198$6,198$6,198$6,198
E-9$7,475$7,849$8,242$8,242

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 GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
O-1Second Lieutenant2LT$3,189
O-2First Lieutenant1LT$3,673
O-3CaptainCPT$4,251
O-4MajorMAJ$4,836
O-5Lieutenant ColonelLTC$5,604
O-6ColonelCOL$6,723
O-7Brigadier GeneralBG$8,865
O-8Major GeneralMG$10,669
O-9Lieutenant GeneralLTG$15,079
O-10GeneralGEN$15,800

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.

Army Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeLess Than 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
O-1$3,189$3,319$4,012$4,012$4,012
O-2$3,673$4,184$4,819$4,981$5,084
O-3$4,251$4,820$5,202$5,672$5,943
O-4$4,836$5,598$5,971$6,054$6,401
O-5$5,604$6,313$6,750$6,833$7,105
O-6$6,723$7,386$7,870$7,870$7,900
O-7$8,865$9,277$9,468$9,619$9,893
O-8$10,669$11,019$11,251$11,315$11,605

Army Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
O-1$4,012$4,012$4,012$4,012$4,012
O-2$5,084$5,084$5,084$5,084$5,084
O-3$6,241$6,435$6,751$6,917$6,917
O-4$6,773$7,236$7,596$7,847$7,991
O-5$7,268$7,627$7,890$8,231$8,751
O-6$8,239$8,284$8,284$8,755$9,587
O-7$10,164$10,478$10,790$11,103$12,088
O-8$12,088$12,201$12,660$12,791$13,187

Army Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
O-1$4,012$4,012$4,012$4,012$4,012
O-2$5,084$5,084$5,084$5,084$5,084
O-3$6,917$6,917$6,917$6,917$6,917
O-4$8,074$8,074$8,074$8,074$8,074
O-5$8,999$9,243$9,522$9,522$9,522
O-6$10,076$10,564$10,842$11,123$11,668
O-7$12,920$12,920$12,920$12,920$12,985
O-8$13,759$14,287$14,639$14,639$14,639
O-9N/A$15,079$15,296$15,610$15,800
O-10N/A$15,800$15,800$15,800$15,800

Army Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
E-6$11,901$11,901$11,901$11,901
E-7$13,245$13,245$13,245$13,245
E-8$15,006$15,381$15,381$15,381
E-9$15,800$15,800$15,800$15,800
E-10$15,800$15,800$15,800$15,800

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Army Ranks And Pay For 2019 – 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.

Army Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
W-1$3,116$3,452$3,542$3,733$3,958
W-2$3,550$3,886$3,990$4,061$4,291
W-3$4,012$4,179$4,351$4,407$4,587
W-4$4,394$4,726$4,862$4,995$5,225

Army Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-1$4,290$4,446$4,662$4,875$5,043
W-2$4,649$4,826$5,001$5,214$5,381
W-3$4,941$5,309$5,482$5,682$5,889
W-4$5,453$5,683$6,030$6,333$6,622

Army Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
W-1$5,198$5,385$5,385$5,385$5,385
W-2$5,532$5,713$5,832$5,926$5,926
W-3$6,261$6,512$6,662$6,821$7,038
W-4$6,859$7,089$7,428$7,706$8,024
W-5N/A$7,812$8,209$8,504$8,831

Army Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$8,184$8,184$8,184$8,184
W-5$9,273$9,736$10,223$10,223

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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

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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