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United States Air Force - E-5 Staff Sergeant

Yearly Base Pay

$26,777 - $37,994

Monthly Base Pay

$2,231.40 - $3,166.20

Hourly Base Pay *

$13.95 - $19.79

Air Force Staff Sergeant - Rank Details


Staff Sergeant (SSgt)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation SSgt
NATO Code OR-5
Service United States Air Force
Address Sergeant (last name)
What are a Staff Sergeant's Responsibilities?

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force is the lowest non-commissioned officer rank and directly above senior airman. It is equivalent to the rank of sergeant in the Army/Marines, and petty officer second class in the Navy/Coast Guard. Staff sergeants are expected to be proficient in their skill and their professionalism.

In addition to being proficient in their skill, staff sergeants must also be comfortable in leading younger airmen and addressing their concerns and duties. Most staff sergeants will be go-to supervisors of a department and work directly with officers in ensuring the mission takes place. Staff sergeants must also be proficient in writing performance reports as well as addressing memorandums. Finally, staff sergeants should also help any new officer adjust and learn about the lives of the enlisted force in the department.

Staff sergeants should also be completing coursework en-route to an associate's or bachelor's degree. In addition, staff sergeants must have attended the Airman Leadership School, a six-week professional military education course, in preparation for the work of a non-commissioned officer.

What is a Staff Sergeant's Paygrade?

A Staff Sergeant is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-5. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Staff Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Staff Sergeant is $2,231.40 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $3,166.20 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Staff Sergeant, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Staff Sergeant

A Staff Sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-5. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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Source: www.federalpay.org/military/air-force/staff-sergeant