Marine Corps Ranks to Civilian GS Paygrades


In many situations, when military personnel interact with civilian government employees, it's important to understand how the military rank hierarchy compares to the seniority structure among their civilian counterparts. Military Rank to Civilian equivalency tables are created by each branch of the military. These tables help civilian and military personnel determine proper conduct for social and diplomatic purposes when interacting with each other.

The comparison table below shows how Marine Corps ranks compare to civilian General Schedule paygrades in terms of respect and seniority. We have also provided comparitive pay ranges for civilian and military paygrades (based on Military Basic Pay and the civilian General Schedule pay table). Generally, civilian employees are paid more compared to someone they are equal to socially - but military personnel also get additional benefits, which are explained in the footnotes.

Please note that these rank-to-gs mappings can vary. Age, position, and experience level are a huge factor, and are often more significant than grade alone. If you have any feedback concerning this table, please contact us with your suggestions.


Seal of the Marine Corps Chart of Marine Corps Ranks vs. Civilian General Schedule Equivalents

See military paygrade and the associated Marine Corps rank on the left, and equivalent General Schedule paygrade on the right.

Pay Grade Insignia Marine Corps Rank Basic Pay Range 1 GS Grade Civilian Pay Range 2
E-1 No Insignia Private $20,171 per year3 GS-1 $22,660 - $28,347 per year
E-2 Insignia of a Marine Corps Private First Class Private First Class $22,608 per year3 GS-2 $25,479 - $32,064 per year
E-3 Insignia of a Marine Corps Lance Corporal Lance Corporal $23,774 - $26,802 per year GS-3 $27,800 - $36,138 per year
E-4 Insignia of a Marine Corps Corporal Corporal $26,334 - $31,968 per year GS-4 $31,208 - $40,569 per year
E-5 Insignia of a Marine Corps Sergeant Sergeant $28,721 - $40,759 per year GS-5 $34,916 - $45,393 per year
E-6 Insignia of a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant $31,352 - $48,560 per year GS-5 $34,916 - $45,393 per year
E-7 Insignia of a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Gunnery Sergeant $36,248 - $65,149 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
E-8 Insignia of a Marine Corps Master Sergeant Master Sergeant $52,146 - $74,372 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
E-8 Insignia of a Marine Corps First Sergeant First Sergeant $52,146 - $74,372 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant Master Gunnery Sergeant $63,698 - $98,903 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Marine Corps Sergeant Major Sergeant Major $63,698 - $98,903 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
E-9 Insignia of a Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps $63,698 - $98,903 per year GS-6 $38,921 - $50,598 per year
W-1 Insignia of a Marine Corps Warrant Officer 1 Warrant Officer 1 $37,397 - $64,624 per year GS-7 $43,251 - $56,222 per year
W-2 Insignia of a Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 $42,606 - $71,114 per year GS-7 $43,251 - $56,222 per year
W-3 Insignia of a Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 $48,150 - $84,463 per year GS-8 $47,899 - $62,269 per year
W-4 Insignia of a Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 $52,726 - $98,208 per year GS-8 $47,899 - $62,269 per year
O-1 Insignia of a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant $38,261 - $48,143 per year GS-7 $43,251 - $56,222 per year
O-2 Insignia of a Marine Corps First Lieutenant First Lieutenant $44,082 - $61,006 per year GS-8 $47,899 - $62,269 per year
O-2 Insignia of a Marine Corps First Lieutenant First Lieutenant $44,082 - $61,006 per year GS-9 $52,905 - $68,777 per year
O-3 Insignia of a Marine Corps Captain Captain $51,019 - $83,002 per year GS-10 $58,260 - $75,740 per year
O-3 Insignia of a Marine Corps Captain Captain $51,019 - $83,002 per year GS-11 $64,009 - $83,210 per year
O-4 Insignia of a Marine Corps Major Major $58,025 - $96,887 per year GS-12 $76,721 - $99,741 per year
O-5 Insignia of a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel $67,252 - $114,257 per year GS-13 $91,231 - $118,603 per year
O-5 Insignia of a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel $67,252 - $114,257 per year GS-14 $107,807 - $140,146 per year
O-6 Insignia of a Marine Corps Colonel Colonel $80,672 - $142,816 per year GS-15 $126,810 - $164,858 per year
O-7 Insignia of a Marine Corps Brigadier General Brigadier General $106,384 - $158,944 per year SES Level 5 $160,100 per year
O-8 Insignia of a Marine Corps Major General Major General $128,027 - $184,568 per year SES Level 4 $170,800 per year
O-9 Insignia of a Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lieutenant General $180,943 - $192,301 per year SES Level 3 $181,500 per year
Pay Range Notes
  1. Military pay displayed in this chart is based on the 2019 military basic pay table. Note that military servicemembers also receive housing and food allowances and/or incentive pay, which are both considerable portions of their overall compensation package.
  2. Civilian pay ranges are based on the current-year 2020 General Schedule pay table, adjusted for the Rest of U.S. pay locality. Civilians who work in an area with a high cost of living, like the San Francisco bay area, earn higher base pay.
  3. E-1 and E-2 are ranks that are generally held for a short amount of time, so there are no pay raises based on years of experience like those available to higher ranks.


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Source: www.federalpay.org/military/marine-corps-ranks-to-gs-grade