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United States Air Force - O-9 Lieutenant General

O-9 Lieutenant General

Yearly Base Pay

$172,224 - $186,998

Monthly Base Pay

$14,352.00 - $15,583.20

Hourly Base Pay *

$89.70 - $97.40

Air Force Lieutenant General - Rank Details


Lieutenant General (Lt Ge)

Classification General Officer
Abbreviation Lt Ge
NATO Code OF-9
Service United States Air Force
Address General (last name)
What are a Lieutenant General's Responsibilities?

A lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force is the three-star general officer rank and right above major general. It is equivalent to the rank of vice admiral in the Navy and Coast Guard. Lieutenant generals are highly ranked officers who have been selected by many different parties and individuals.

No more than 25% of all Air Force general officers may have more than two stars. As a result, lieutenant generals are found on very high command positions. Lieutenant generals will typically command a large Numbered Air Force or a MAJCOM. Lieutenant generals may also serve in any of the high-level headquarters including the Pentagon.

Lieutenant generals are 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.

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

What is a Lieutenant General's Paygrade?

A Lieutenant General is considered a General Officer, with a paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Lieutenant General Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Lieutenant General is $14,352.00 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $15,583.20 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Lieutenant General, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Lieutenant General

A Lieutenant General is a General Officer, with a military paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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