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United States Army - E-8 First Sergeant

Yearly Base Pay

$59,486 - $84,838

Monthly Base Pay

$4,957.20 - $7,069.80

Hourly Base Pay *

$30.98 - $44.19

Army First Sergeant - Rank Details

First Sergeant (1SG)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation 1SG
NATO Code OR-8
Service United States Army
Address First Sergeant (last name)
What are a First Sergeant's Responsibilities?

A First Sergeant is a senior non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the United States Army. As with Master Sergeants, since they serve in the same grade of E-8, soldiers serving at this level usually have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the Army and often many more years of service by the time they attain this rank.

Soldiers holding this rank serve as the senior NCO in a company-sized unit, around 150 soldiers.

They are recognized as the most tactically and technically competent as well as experienced NCO's in companies.

Standing as the final NCO authority at the company level, the are the ultimate enforcers of standards and discipline as well as the final authority on all aspects of soldiering, including but not limited to tactics, techniques, procedures, and living as a member of the United States Army.

Soldiers serving underneath them revere First Sergeants and even officers who work with them at the company level recognize them as the experts and often the final authority on Army matters, despite officers technically holding higher rank.

What is a First Sergeant's Paygrade?

A First Sergeant is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army First Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a First Sergeant is $4,957.20 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $7,069.80 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a First Sergeant, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.

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Equivalent Ranks to an Army First Sergeant

A First Sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

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