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United States Army - E-4 Corporal

Yearly Base Pay

$25,067 - $30,427

Monthly Base Pay

$2,088.90 - $2,535.60

Hourly Base Pay *

$13.06 - $15.85

Army Corporal - Rank Details


Corporal (CPL)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation CPL
NATO Code OR-4
Service United States Army
Address Corporal (last name)
What are a Corporal's Responsibilities?

Soldiers bearing the rank of Corporal occupy the first rank of the levels of Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO's) in the Army. NCO's are responsible the training, performance, appearance, and well being of soldiers.

Corporals occupy the position of team leaders. Although this job is often given to Specialists, since the rank of Specialist is given out much more often than Corporal, it is officially the responsibility of Corporals, since the job of leading soldiers is reserved for NCO's.

Corporals are in charge of a team of soldiers, ranging from two to five personnel, and they are directly responsible for every aspect of the military lives of their soldiers. In addition, they are expected to take care of their soldiers outside of work, ensuring their personal lives are in order and providing them all the help and resources needed when problems arise.

What is a Corporal's Paygrade?

A Corporal is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army Corporal Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Corporal is $2,088.90 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $2,535.60 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Corporal, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Army Corporal

A Corporal is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-4. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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