Army Ranks to Civilian GS Paygrades


In many situations, when military personnel interact with civilian government employees, it's important to understand how the military rank hierarchy compares to the seniority structure among their civilian counterparts. Military Rank to Civilian equivalency tables are created by each branch of the military. These tables help civilian and military personnel determine proper conduct for social and diplomatic purposes when interacting with each other.

The comparison table below shows how Army ranks compare to civilian General Schedule paygrades in terms of respect and seniority. We have also provided comparitive pay ranges for civilian and military paygrades (based on Military Basic Pay and the civilian General Schedule pay table). Generally, civilian employees are paid more compared to someone they are equal to socially - but military personnel also get additional benefits, which are explained in the footnotes.

Please note that these rank-to-gs mappings can vary. Age, position, and experience level are a huge factor, and are often more significant than grade alone. If you have any feedback concerning this table, please contact us with your suggestions.


Seal of the Army Chart of Army Ranks vs. Civilian General Schedule Equivalents

See military paygrade and the associated Army rank on the left, and equivalent General Schedule paygrade on the right.

Pay Grade Insignia Army Rank Basic Pay Range 1 GS Grade Civilian Pay Range 2
E-1 No Insignia Private $18,803 per year3 GS-1 $21,316 - $26,661 per year
E-2 Insignia of an Army Private Second Class Private Second Class $21,078 per year3 GS-2 $23,966 - $30,161 per year
E-3 Insignia of an Army Private First Class Private First Class $22,165 - $24,984 per year GS-3 $26,150 - $33,997 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Specialist Specialist $24,552 - $29,801 per year GS-4 $29,356 - $38,158 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Corporal Corporal $24,552 - $29,801 per year GS-4 $29,356 - $38,158 per year
E-5 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Sergeant $26,777 - $37,994 per year GS-5 $32,844 - $42,702 per year
E-6 Insignia of an Army Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant $29,228 - $45,270 per year GS-5 $32,844 - $42,702 per year
E-7 Insignia of an Army Sergeant First Class Sergeant First Class $33,793 - $60,736 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army Master Sergeant Master Sergeant $48,611 - $69,332 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army First Sergeant First Sergeant $48,611 - $69,332 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major Sergeant Major $59,386 - $92,200 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major $59,386 - $92,200 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major of the Army Sergeant Major of the Army $59,386 - $92,200 per year GS-6 $36,611 - $47,598 per year
W-1 Insignia of an Army Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 $34,866 - $60,246 per year GS-7 $40,684 - $52,893 per year
W-2 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 $39,719 - $66,294 per year GS-7 $40,684 - $52,893 per year
W-3 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 $44,885 - $78,739 per year GS-8 $45,056 - $58,570 per year
W-4 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 $49,151 - $91,555 per year GS-8 $45,056 - $58,570 per year
O-1 Insignia of an Army Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant $35,669 - $44,881 per year GS-7 $40,684 - $52,893 per year
O-2 Insignia of an Army First Lieutenant First Lieutenant $41,094 - $56,873 per year GS-8 $45,056 - $58,570 per year
O-2 Insignia of an Army First Lieutenant First Lieutenant $41,094 - $56,873 per year GS-9 $49,765 - $64,697 per year
O-3 Insignia of an Army Captain Captain $47,563 - $77,378 per year GS-10 $54,803 - $71,247 per year
O-3 Insignia of an Army Captain Captain $47,563 - $77,378 per year GS-11 $60,210 - $78,270 per year
O-4 Insignia of an Army Major Major $54,094 - $90,320 per year GS-12 $72,168 - $93,821 per year
O-5 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel $62,694 - $106,517 per year GS-13 $85,816 - $111,560 per year
O-5 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel $62,694 - $106,517 per year GS-14 $101,409 - $131,833 per year
O-6 Insignia of an Army Colonel Colonel $75,204 - $133,139 per year GS-15 $119,285 - $155,073 per year
O-7 Insignia of an Army Brigadier General Brigadier General $99,173 - $148,172 per year SES Level 5 $151,700 per year
O-8 Insignia of an Army Major General Major General $119,354 - $172,062 per year SES Level 4 $161,900 per year
O-9 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant General Lieutenant General $168,682 - $209,243 per year SES Level 3 $172,100 per year
Pay Range Notes
  1. Military pay displayed in this chart is based on the 2016 military basic pay table. Note that military servicemembers also receive housing and food allowances and/or incentive pay, which are both considerable portions of their overall compensation package.
  2. Civilian pay ranges are based on the current-year 2017 General Schedule pay table, adjusted for the Rest of U.S. pay locality. Civilians who work in an area with a high cost of living, like the San Francisco bay area, earn higher base pay.
  3. E-1 and E-2 are ranks that are generally held for a short amount of time, so there are no pay raises based on years of experience like those available to higher ranks.


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Source: www.federalpay.org/military/army-ranks-to-gs-grade