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United States Army - O-6 Colonel

Yearly Base Pay

$76,784 - $135,936

Monthly Base Pay

$6,398.70 - $11,328.00

Hourly Base Pay *

$39.99 - $70.80

Army Colonel - Rank Details


Colonel (COL)

Classification Field Officer
Abbreviation COL
NATO Code OF-5
Service United States Army
Address Colonel (last name)
What are a Colonel's Responsibilities?

Colonels are commissioned officers in the United States Army, serving in the grade of O-6. They receive their commission upon appointment by the Secretary of the Army.

Their primary function of Colonels is to serve as commanders of brigade-sized elements (around 5000 soldiers).

Soldiers holding the rank of Colonel can also serve as staff officers or as commanders of smaller units in specialized branches, such as law or medicine.

Regardless of the size of the command they hold, Colonels are the final authority on everything that occurs in units they hold charge of. They are responsible for everything their units do or fail to do.

Colonels are the highest-ranking officers in the slate of field-grade officers.

Holding of the rank of Colonel is a highly prestigious position, it is a highly respected job and difficult to attain, achieved only by the most qualified of officers.

What is a Colonel's Paygrade?

A Colonel is considered a Field Officer, with a paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army Colonel Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Colonel is $6,398.70 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $11,328.00 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Colonel, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Army Colonel

A Colonel is a Field Officer, with a military paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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