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United States Army - E-8 Master 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 Master Sergeant - Rank Details

Master Sergeant (MSG)

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

Sergeants Major are non-commissioned officers (NCO's) in the United States Army. They are the highest-ranking enlisted soldiers in the military.

Soldiers holding the rank of Sergeant Major serve at the battalion level or higher in staff positions, helping to plan, resource, and conduct unit missions as well as providing valuable insight and advice, based on careers' worth of experience and expertise, into how such operations could be better conducted in the future.

Sergeants Major have a minimum of eighteen years of experience in the Army and often much more than that upon receiving their rank. Their expertise and competence, both technically and tactically, is matched only by other Sergeants Major.

Although they do not directly hold leadership positions—such jobs are held by Command Sergeants Major, soldiers of the same rank but with different responsibilities—they still have charge of all those appointed underneath them in staff positions and those making leadership decisions still often turn them to for advice and help.

What is a Master Sergeant's Paygrade?

A Master 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 Master Sergeant's payscale, the process of becoming a Master Sergeant, and the history of the rank in the United States Army.

Seal of the Army Army Master Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Master 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 Master Sergeant, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.

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Equivalent Ranks to an Army Master Sergeant

A Master 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 Master Sergeant, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.

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