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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 2016 Pay Range
E-1 No Insignia Private PVT Enlisted Soldier $1,567 per month
E-2 Insignia of an Army Private Second Class Private Second Class PV2 Enlisted Soldier $1,757 per month
E-3 Insignia of an Army Private First Class Private First Class PFC Enlisted Soldier $22,165 - $24,984 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Specialist Specialist SPC Enlisted Soldier $24,552 - $29,801 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Corporal Corporal CPL Noncommissioned Officer $24,552 - $29,801 per year
E-5 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Sergeant SGT Noncommissioned Officer $26,777 - $37,994 per year
E-6 Insignia of an Army Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant SSG Noncommissioned Officer $29,228 - $45,270 per year
E-7 Insignia of an Army Sergeant First Class Sergeant First Class SFC Noncommissioned Officer $33,793 - $60,736 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army Master Sergeant Master Sergeant MSG Noncommissioned Officer $48,611 - $69,332 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army First Sergeant First Sergeant 1SG Noncommissioned Officer $48,611 - $69,332 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major Sergeant Major SGM Noncommissioned Officer $59,386 - $92,200 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major CSM Noncommissioned Officer $59,386 - $92,200 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major of the Army Sergeant Major of the Army SMA Noncommissioned Officer (Special) $59,386 - $92,200 per year
W-1 Insignia of an Army Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 WO1 Warrant Officer $34,866 - $60,246 per year
W-2 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 CW2 Warrant Officer $39,719 - $66,294 per year
W-3 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 CW3 Warrant Officer $44,885 - $78,739 per year
W-4 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 CW4 Warrant Officer $49,151 - $91,555 per year
W-5 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 CW5 Warrant Officer $87,397 - $114,368 per year
O-1 Insignia of an Army Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant 2LT Commissioned Officer $35,669 - $44,881 per year
O-2 Insignia of an Army First Lieutenant First Lieutenant 1LT Commissioned Officer $41,094 - $56,873 per year
O-3 Insignia of an Army Captain Captain CPT Commissioned Officer $47,563 - $77,378 per year
O-4 Insignia of an Army Major Major MAJ Field Officer $54,094 - $90,320 per year
O-5 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel LTC Field Officer $62,694 - $106,517 per year
O-6 Insignia of an Army Colonel Colonel COL Field Officer $75,204 - $133,139 per year
O-7 Insignia of an Army Brigadier General Brigadier General BG General Officer $99,173 - $148,172 per year
O-8 Insignia of an Army Major General Major General MG General Officer $119,354 - $172,062 per year
O-9 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant General Lieutenant General LTG General Officer $168,682 - $209,243 per year
O-10 Insignia of an Army General General GEN General Officer $192,866 - $237,150 per year
O-10 Insignia of an Army General of the Army General of the Army GA General Officer $192,866 - $237,150 per year
To see how Army ranks compare to civilian employees, see our Army ranks to GS grades comparison table.

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Source: www.federalpay.org/military/army/ranks