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United States Air Force - E-9 Chief Master Sergeant

Yearly Base Pay

$60,631 - $94,136

Monthly Base Pay

$5,052.60 - $7,844.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$31.58 - $49.03

Air Force Chief Master Sergeant - Rank Details


Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation CMSgt
NATO Code OR-9
Service United States Air Force
Address Chief Master Sergeant (last name)
What are a Chief Master Sergeant's Responsibilities?

A chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force is the highest senior non-commissioned officer rank and directly above senior master sergeant. It is equivalent to the rank of sergeant major in the Army, master gunnery sergeant/sergeant major in the Marines, and master chief petty officer in the Navy/Coast Guard.

As the highest ranked enlisted members in the service, chief master sergeants are responsible for all the enlisted personnel within their unit. Many chief master sergeants will also serve on staff positions at higher-level units. Both company grade and field grade officers are expected to reach out to the chief master sergeant for training and experience. Many commanders and general officers will have chief master sergeants as advisers as well.

As a group superintendent, chief master sergeants are basically responsible for creating policies that ensure the success of the mission by the enlisted force. Their goal is to improve innovations and efficiency throughout the entire unit.

Chief master sergeants should have completed their collegiate education and be working towards further enrichment in their training and knowledge.

What is a Chief Master Sergeant's Paygrade?

A Chief Master Sergeant is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Chief Master Sergeant is $5,052.60 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $7,844.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Chief Master Sergeant, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Chief Master Sergeant

A Chief Master Sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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