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Marines Ranks and Pay for 2019

The U.S. Marines is one of the more desirable branches of the military that new enlistees seek to join. The specialized branch is responsible for conducting amphibious and expeditionary operations for the U.S. Military.

The branch is closely associated with the U.S. Army and Air Force. The current figures claim that the USMC has approximately 186,000 active duty members.

Like other branches of the military there is a structured system regarding military ranks and pay.

For a more detailed summary and breakdown of Marines rankings and 2019 pay, please continue reading below.

Marines Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Enlisted

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Pay (Monthly)
E-1PrivatePvt$1,600
E-2Private First ClassPFC$1,793
E-3Lance CorporalLCpl$2,005
E-4CorporalCpl$2,271
E-5SergeantSgt$2,755
E-6Staff SergeantSSgt$3,168
E-7Gunnery SergeantGySgt$4,021
E-8Master SergeantMSgt$5,017
E-8First Sergeant1stSg$5,017
E-9Master Gunnery SergeantMGySg$6,448
E-9Sergeant MajorSgtMa$6,448
E-9Sergeant Major Of The Marine CorpssgtMa$6,448

The U.S. Marines reward long-term members as well as those assigned more responsibility. Therefore, expect your average monthly pay to get determined by rank as well as years served.

The pay in the Marines increases steadily over a military career in any rank. Some rankings eventually reach a peak in terms of maximum amount of money you can earn monthly.

Review the charts below to see how Marine ranks determine pay based on number of years served:

Marines 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

Marines 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

Marines 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

Marines 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 U.S. Marines and other branches of the military. 

Additional incentives, pay, and bonuses for serving the U.S. Military may include:

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

It is important to verify with your local recruiter all the benefits you can receive serving the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Next, let’s take a look at the ranking structure for officers in the Marines:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2019 Avg. Pay (Monthly)
O-1Second Lieutenant2ndLt$3,426
O-2First Lieutenant1stLt$4,167
O-3CaptainCapt$5,314
O-4MajorMaj$6,143
O-5Lieutenant ColonelLtCol$7,198
O-6ColonelCol$8,863
O-7Brigadier GeneralBGen$10,522
O-8Major GeneralMajGen$12,397
O-9Lieutenant GeneralLtGen$14,967
O-10GeneralGen$15,583

Along with the pay charts for enlisted personnel, the above figures for monthly pay are the absolute minimums. Marines will at least earn the posted amount per month based on rank and years served. 

The actual pay could be higher based on personal reputation and how you perform among superiors.

Marines 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

Marines 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

Marines 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$14,858$15,379
O-10N/A$15,583$15,583$15,583$15,583

Marines Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
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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Marines Ranks And Pay For 2019 – Warrant Officers

Finally, it is time to study the pay charts for warrant officers of the Marines. Warrant officers are classified above enlisted Marines yet not as high up in rankings or pay as designated officers.

Marines Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 2 – 6

Pay GradeUnder 2 YearsOver 2 YearsOver 3 YearsOver 4 YearsOver 6 Years
W-1$2,966$3,285$3,371$3,552$3,767
W-2$3,379$3,699$3,797$3,864$4,084
W-3$3,819$3,978$4,141$4,195$4,365
W-4$4,182$4,498$4,627$4,754$4,973

Marines Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 8 – 16

Pay GradeOver 8 YearsOver 10 YearsOver 12 YearsOver 14 YearsOver 16 Years
W-1$4,083$4,231$4,437$4,640$4,800
W-2$4,424$4,593$4,759$4,962$5,121
W-3$4,702$5,052$5,218$5,409$5,605
W-4$5,190$5,409$5,738$6,027$6,303

Marines Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – Years 18 – 26

Pay GradeOver 18 YearsOver 20 YearsOver 22 YearsOver 24 YearsOver 26 Years
W-1$4,947$5,125$5,125$5,125$5,125
W-2$5,265$5,437$5,550$5,640$5,640
W-3$5,959$6,198$6,340$6,492$6,699
W-4$6,528$6,747$7,070$7,335$7,637
W-5N/A$7,436$7,813$8,094$8,405

Marines Warrant Officer Ranks And Pay – 30+ Years

Pay GradeOver 30 YearsOver 34 YearsOver 38 YearsOver 40 Years
W-4$7,789$7,789$7,789$7,789
W-5$8,826$9,266$9,730$9,730

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Conclusion

Fulfilling a career in the U.S. Marines is one of the best honors that any member of the U.S. Military can ask for. It can also come with steady, reliable pay and multiple promotion opportunities.

If you have more questions about expected monthly pay and other military benefits, contact a local Marines recruiter.

Sources:

  1. https://www.federalpay.org/military/marine-corps/ranks
  2. https://www.federalpay.org/military/marine-corps
  3. https://www.marines.com/being-a-marine/benefits.html

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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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