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United States Marine Corps - O-6 Colonel

Yearly Base Pay

$76,784 - $135,936

Monthly Base Pay

$6,398.70 - $11,328.00

Hourly Base Pay *

$39.99 - $70.80

Marine Corps Colonel - Rank Details


Colonel (Col)

Classification Field Officer
Abbreviation Col
NATO Code OF-6
Service United States Marine Corps
Address Colonel (last name)
What are a Colonel's Responsibilities?

A Colonel is the sixth rank among Officers in the USMC. Colonels are typically Regimental Commanders, Brigade Executive Officers, or Division Staff members. The vast majority of Marines serve in combat roles, which makes their career progression very straightforward, in a constant cycle of learning, leading, and teaching at higher and higher levels.

What is a Colonel's Paygrade?

A Colonel is considered a Field Officer, with a paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Marine Corps Marine Corps Colonel Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Colonel is $6,398.70 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $11,328.00 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Colonel, or visit our Marine Corps pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Marine Corps Colonel

A Colonel is a Field Officer, with a military paygrade of O-6. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-15 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Marine Corps Colonel, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.


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