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United States Air Force - O-5 Lieutenant Colonel

O-5 Lieutenant Colonel

Yearly Base Pay

$64,012 - $108,752

Monthly Base Pay

$5,334.30 - $9,062.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$33.34 - $56.64

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel - Rank Details


Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Co)

Classification Field Officer
Abbreviation Lt Co
NATO Code OF-5
Service United States Air Force
Address Colonel (last name)
What are a Lieutenant Colonel's Responsibilities?

A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force is the middle field grade officer rank. It is one of the central officer ranks and is equivalent to the rank of commander in the Navy and Coast Guard. Lieutenant colonels are usually near the end of their military career or twenty-year mark.

Lieutenant colonels are typically squadron commanders in any given flying, non-flying, or medical group. Many training and commissioning programs also have lieutenant colonels are commanders. Those that are not commanders are probably serving on general staffs or on the wing level.

As its name suggests, lieutenant colonels are basically a colonel's assistant and the duties reflect that analogy. Lieutenant colonels are very involved in command roles and preparing for wing level command positions in the future. Majors and senior captains are expected to report directly to and receive guidance from the lieutenant colonel.

What is a Lieutenant Colonel's Paygrade?

A Lieutenant Colonel is considered a Field Officer, with a paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Lieutenant Colonel is $5,334.30 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $9,062.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Lieutenant Colonel, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

A Lieutenant Colonel is a Field Officer, with a military paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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