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United States Marine Corps - O-5 Lieutenant Colonel

O-5 Lieutenant Colonel

Yearly Base Pay

$64,012 - $108,752

Monthly Base Pay

$5,334.30 - $9,062.70

Hourly Base Pay *

$33.34 - $56.64

Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel - Rank Details


Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol)

Classification Field Officer
Abbreviation LtCol
NATO Code OF-5
Service United States Marine Corps
Address Colonel (last name) NEVER Lieutenant
What are a Lieutenant Colonel's Responsibilities?

A Lieutenant Colonel is the fifth rank among Officers in the USMC. Lieutenant Colonels are usually Battalion Commanders, Regimental Executive Officers, or Brigade 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 Lieutenant Colonel's Paygrade?

A Lieutenant Colonel is considered a Field Officer, with a paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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

Seal of the Marine Corps Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Pay Calculator

Starting pay for a Lieutenant Colonel is $5,334.30 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $9,062.70 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Lieutenant Colonel, or visit our Marine Corps pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel

A Lieutenant Colonel is a Field Officer, with a military paygrade of O-5. The civilian equivalents of this military rank are roughly GS-13, GS-14 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

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


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