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United States Air Force - E-6 Technical Sergeant

Yearly Base Pay

$35,766 - $55,397

Monthly Base Pay

$2,980.50 - $4,616.40

Hourly Base Pay *

$18.63 - $28.85

Air Force Technical Sergeant - Rank Details

Technical Sergeant (TSgt)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation TSgt
NATO Code OR-6
Service United States Air Force
Address Sergeant (last name)
What are a Technical Sergeant's Responsibilities?

A technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force is the second non-commissioned officer rank and directly above staff sergeant. It is equivalent to the rank of staff sergeant in the Army/Marines, and petty officer first class in the Navy/Coast Guard. Technical sergeants are expected to be very proficient in their skill and to assume a varying number of responsibilities.

Technical sergeants should be masters of their craft and should be able to instruct other airmen or officers in their skills. They should have very developed leadership skills as well as attention to detail. In many specialties, technical sergeants are the NCO-in charge of a flight or department. They are the go-to person for both officers and enlisted. Technical sergeants must also be well versed in writing performance reports as well as addressing memorandums.

Technical sergeants should also be completing coursework en-route to a bachelor's degree. In addition, technical sergeants should be participating in activities that will further develop his or her skills, leadership, and intellectual abilities.

What is a Technical Sergeant's Paygrade?

A Technical Sergeant is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-6. 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 Technical Sergeant's payscale, the process of becoming a Technical Sergeant, and the history of the rank in the United States Air Force.

Seal of the Air Force Air Force Technical Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Technical Sergeant is $2,980.50 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $4,616.40 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Technical Sergeant, or visit our Air Force pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.

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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Technical Sergeant

A Technical Sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-6. 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 Technical Sergeant, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.

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