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United States Army - O-8 Major General

Yearly Base Pay

$121,860 - $175,676

Monthly Base Pay

$10,155.00 - $14,639.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$63.47 - $91.50

Seal of the Army Army Major General - Rank Details


Major General (MG)

Classification General Officer
Abbreviation MG
NATO Code OF-7
Service United States Army
Address General (last name)
What are a Major General's Responsibilities?

A Major General 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-8.

Major Generals exist primarily to serve as commanders of divisions (around 14000 soldiers). Serving in this grade and capacity is both an extremely high honor and responsibility.

Major Generals commanding divisions also serve as the commanders of the posts at which their divisions are based, further adding to the responsibility officers in such positions are charged with.

By the time they have achieved the rank of Major General, officers holding such rank and title are considered to be more experienced general officers, after their time serving as Brigadier Generals.

What is a Major General's Paygrade?

A Major General is considered a General Officer, with a paygrade of O-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army Major General Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Major General is $10,155.00 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $14,639.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Major General, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Army Major General

A Major General is a General Officer, with a military paygrade of O-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly SES Level 4 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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