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 2017 Pay Range
E-1 No Insignia Private PVT Enlisted Soldier $1,600 per month
E-2 Insignia of an Army Private Second Class Private Second Class PV2 Enlisted Soldier $1,793 per month
E-3 Insignia of an Army Private First Class Private First Class PFC Enlisted Soldier $22,630 - $25,510 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Specialist Specialist SPC Enlisted Soldier $25,067 - $30,427 per year
E-4 Insignia of an Army Corporal Corporal CPL Noncommissioned Officer $25,067 - $30,427 per year
E-5 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Sergeant SGT Noncommissioned Officer $27,338 - $38,794 per year
E-6 Insignia of an Army Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant SSG Noncommissioned Officer $29,840 - $46,220 per year
E-7 Insignia of an Army Sergeant First Class Sergeant First Class SFC Noncommissioned Officer $34,502 - $62,010 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army Master Sergeant Master Sergeant MSG Noncommissioned Officer $49,633 - $70,787 per year
E-8 Insignia of an Army First Sergeant First Sergeant 1SG Noncommissioned Officer $49,633 - $70,787 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major Sergeant Major SGM Noncommissioned Officer $60,631 - $94,136 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Command Sergeant Major Command Sergeant Major CSM Noncommissioned Officer $60,631 - $94,136 per year
E-9 Insignia of an Army Sergeant Major of the Army Sergeant Major of the Army SMA Noncommissioned Officer (Special) $60,631 - $94,136 per year
W-1 Insignia of an Army Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 WO1 Warrant Officer $35,597 - $61,510 per year
W-2 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 CW2 Warrant Officer $40,554 - $67,687 per year
W-3 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 CW3 Warrant Officer $45,828 - $80,392 per year
W-4 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 CW4 Warrant Officer $50,184 - $93,478 per year
W-5 Insignia of an Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 CW5 Warrant Officer $89,233 - $116,770 per year
O-1 Insignia of an Army Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant 2LT Commissioned Officer $36,418 - $45,824 per year
O-2 Insignia of an Army First Lieutenant First Lieutenant 1LT Commissioned Officer $41,958 - $58,068 per year
O-3 Insignia of an Army Captain Captain CPT Commissioned Officer $48,560 - $79,002 per year
O-4 Insignia of an Army Major Major MAJ Field Officer $55,231 - $92,218 per year
O-5 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel LTC Field Officer $64,012 - $108,752 per year
O-6 Insignia of an Army Colonel Colonel COL Field Officer $76,784 - $135,936 per year
O-7 Insignia of an Army Brigadier General Brigadier General BG General Officer $101,257 - $151,283 per year
O-8 Insignia of an Army Major General Major General MG General Officer $121,860 - $175,676 per year
O-9 Insignia of an Army Lieutenant General Lieutenant General LTG General Officer $172,224 - $186,998 per year
O-10 Insignia of an Army General General GEN General Officer $15,583 per month
O-10 Insignia of an Army General of the Army General of the Army GA General Officer $15,583 per month
To see how Army ranks compare to civilian employees, see our Army ranks to GS grades comparison table.

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