President officially authorized a 1.4% pay raise for 2018. View 2018 GS Pay Scale and localities now!

United States Army - O-9 Lieutenant General

O-9 Lieutenant General

Yearly Base Pay

$172,224 - $186,998

Monthly Base Pay

$14,352.00 - $15,583.20

Hourly Base Pay *

$89.70 - $97.40

Seal of the Army Army Lieutenant General - Rank Details


Lieutenant General (LTG)

Classification General Officer
Abbreviation LTG
NATO Code OF-8
Service United States Army
Address General (last name)
What are a Lieutenant General's Responsibilities?

A Lieutenant General (LTG) is a commissioned officer in the United States Army. They receive their commission upon appointment by President of the United States by recommendation of the Secretary of the Army.

Brigadier Generals serve in the grade of O-9.

Lieutenants Generals exist primarily to serve as commanders of higher commands, such as the combatant commands, or as staff officers at higher levels in the Army, such as in TRADOC or forces command.

Lieutenant Generals can also serve in specialty positions, such as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Officers promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General receive this honor as a result of being appointed to a job that requires the LTG rank by regulation (MTO&E).

The rank of Lieutenant General is held only as long as an officer holds a job that requires the rank.

Officers either then return to the general officer rank they held before receiving the LTG rank (often MG, but in some rare cases BG) or they are promoted to the rank of full General, O-10. Most often though, LTG's finish their career in the positions that earned them the rank. It is for this reason that the rank of LTG, and any position accordant to it, is often recognized as a terminal job.

What is a Lieutenant General's Paygrade?

A Lieutenant General is considered a General Officer, with a paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army Lieutenant General Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Lieutenant General is $14,352.00 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $15,583.20 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Lieutenant General, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


Basic Pay:

Drill Pay:

n/a Learn more
For an O-9 Lieutenant General with
years of experience.

Use the slider below to calculate the basic pay and drill pay for an O-9 Lieutenant General at varying years in his or her military career.

Over 20 years

Over 40 years


Equivalent Ranks to an Army Lieutenant General

A Lieutenant General is a General Officer, with a military paygrade of O-9. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 3 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


** This Document Provided By www.FederalPay.org - The Civil Employee's Resource **
Source: www.federalpay.org/military/army/lieutenant-general