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United States Army - E-6 Staff Sergeant

Yearly Base Pay

$29,840 - $46,220

Monthly Base Pay

$2,486.70 - $3,851.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$15.54 - $24.07

Army Staff Sergeant - Rank Details


Staff Sergeant (SSG)

Classification Noncommissioned Officer
Abbreviation SSG
NATO Code OR-6
Service United States Army
Address Sergeant (last name)
What are a Staff Sergeant's Responsibilities?

A Staff Sergeant is a non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the United States Army usually placed in command of a squad of 9-10 soldiers.

In rare situations, a Staff Sergeant may be placed in command of a larger unit such as a platoon comprising of two to four squads containing anywhere from 16 to 50 soldiers.

In a leadership position, Staff Sergeants will regularly have one or more Sergeants serving under them, and will be responsible for reviewing the performance of their subordinates with periodic Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reports.

As an experienced NCO, Staff Sergeants are expected to mentor and effectively lead the soldiers and newly promoted NCOs under them. Alongside field NCOs, soldiers may also be promoted to Staff Sergeant in order to serve in headquarters support positions - these positions are generally referred to as "Staff NCOs".

What is a Staff Sergeant's Paygrade?

A Staff Sergeant is considered a Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Army Army Staff Sergeant Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Staff Sergeant is $2,486.70 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $3,851.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Staff Sergeant, or visit our Army pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to an Army Staff Sergeant

A Staff Sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-5 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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