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United States Air Force - O-7 Brigadier General

O-7 Brigadier General

Yearly Base Pay

$101,257 - $151,283

Monthly Base Pay

$8,438.10 - $12,606.90

Hourly Base Pay *

$52.74 - $78.79

Air Force Brigadier General - Rank Details


Brigadier General (Brig )

Classification General Officer
Abbreviation Brig
NATO Code OF-7
Service United States Air Force
Address General (last name)
What are a Brigadier General's Responsibilities?

A brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force is the lowest general officer rank and right above colonel. It is equivalent to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) in the Navy and Coast Guard. Brigadier generals are highly ranked officers who have been selected by many different parties and individuals.

Brigadier generals are usually wing and/or base commanders. They may also the vice-commanders as well but this is highly unlikely. Larger wings and bases will typically have a brigadier general in charge instead of a colonel. However, brigadier generals will also serve on high-level staff positions within the Air Force or with the other services. This includes assignments at the Pentagon, joint bases overseas, or in high-level organizations such as NORAD.

Brigadier generals are most certainly career officers who have demonstrated a high aptitude for leadership and management over the span of their careers. They are fully involved with the administrative and operational level of the Air Force. Brigadier generals who command a base or wing will ultimately be responsible for all the functions and the airmen at their assignment. For brigadier generals not in a command position, they can expect to be junior or senior advisors to key political leaders.

As a general officer, brigadier generals are also expected to participate in morale events and to serve as a “face” for the wing or base. These morale events include but are not limited to: motivational speeches, hosting morale days on base, and squadron/wing visits.

What is a Brigadier General's Paygrade?

A Brigadier General is considered a General Officer, with a paygrade of O-7. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

On this page you can learn more about a Brigadier General's payscale, the process of becoming a Brigadier General, and the history of the rank in the United States Air Force.

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Brigadier General Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Brigadier General is $8,438.10 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $12,606.90 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Brigadier General, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Brigadier General

A Brigadier General is a General Officer, with a military paygrade of O-7. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

The table below lists the equivalent ranks of an Air Force Brigadier General, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.


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