U.S. Army: List of Ranks, Insignia, and Pay Range


An enlisted member enters the Army as a Private. After completing basic training, the enlisted recuits advances to Private First Class. The next notable advancement is to a Noncommissioned Officer.

The highest rank attainable in the Army is the five-star General of the Army. Often called a "five-star general", the rank of General of the Army has historically been reserved for wartime use and is not currently active in the U.S. Army.

The table below lists all the standard ranks in the U.S. Army and their respective pay grades, insignias, abbreviations, and classifications. Click any rank to view detailed information about that rank's duties, pay, promotions, and more.

Seal of the Army Army Ranks - Enlisted and Officer, from Lowest to Highest

Pay Grade Insignia Rank Abbreviation Classification 2020 Pay Range
E-1 No Insignia Private PVT Enlisted Soldier $1,733 per month
E-2 Insignia of an Army Private Second Class Private Second Class PV2 Enlisted Soldier $1,943 per month
E-3 Insignia of an Army Private First Class Private First Class PFC Enlisted Soldier $24,512 - $27,634 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Specialist Specialist SPC Enlisted Soldier $27,151 - $32,958 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Corporal Corporal CPL Noncommissioned Officer $27,151 - $32,958 per year
E-5 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Sergeant SGT Noncommissioned Officer $29,610 - $42,023 per year
E-6 Insignia of an Army Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant SSG Noncommissioned Officer $32,324 - $50,065 per year
E-7 Insignia of an Army Sergeant First Class Sergeant First Class SFC Noncommissioned Officer $37,372 - $67,169 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army Master Sergeant Master Sergeant MSG Noncommissioned Officer $53,762 - $76,676 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army First Sergeant First Sergeant 1SG Noncommissioned Officer $53,762 - $76,676 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major Sergeant Major SGM Noncommissioned Officer $65,675 - $101,970 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major CSM Noncommissioned Officer $65,675 - $101,970 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major of the Army Sergeant Major of the Army SMA Noncommissioned Officer (Special) $65,675 - $101,970 per year
W-1 Insignia of an Army Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 WO1 Warrant Officer $38,556 - $66,625 per year
W-2 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 CW2 Warrant Officer $43,927 - $73,318 per year
W-3 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 CW3 Warrant Officer $49,644 - $87,080 per year
W-4 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 CW4 Warrant Officer $54,360 - $101,254 per year
W-5 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 CW5 Warrant Officer $96,656 - $126,482 per year
O-1 Insignia of an Army Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant 2LT Commissioned Officer $39,445 - $49,637 per year
O-2 Insignia of an Army First Lieutenant First Lieutenant 1LT Commissioned Officer $45,450 - $62,896 per year
O-3 Insignia of an Army Captain Captain CPT Commissioned Officer $52,600 - $85,576 per year
O-4 Insignia of an Army Major Major MAJ Field Officer $59,825 - $99,889 per year
O-5 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel LTC Field Officer $69,336 - $117,799 per year
O-6 Insignia of an Army Colonel Colonel COL Field Officer $83,174 - $147,244 per year
O-7 Insignia of an Army Brigadier General Brigadier General BG General Officer $109,681 - $163,872 per year
O-8 Insignia of an Army Major General Major General MG General Officer $131,994 - $190,289 per year
O-9 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant General Lieutenant General LTG General Officer $186,552 - $197,302 per year
O-10 Insignia of an Army General General GEN General Officer $16,442 per month
O-10 Insignia of an Army General of the Army General of the Army GA General Officer $16,442 per month
To see how Army ranks compare to civilian employees, see our Army ranks to GS grades comparison table.

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