United States Marine Corps - E-8 Master Sergeant
Yearly Base Pay
$49,633 - $70,787
Monthly Base Pay
$4,136.10 - $5,898.90
Hourly Base Pay *
$25.85 - $36.87
Marine Corps Master Sergeant - Rank Details
Master Sergeant (MSgt)
|Classification||Staff Noncommissioned Officer|
|Service||United States Marine Corps|
|Address||Master Sergeant (last name) Informal: Top|
What are a Master Sergeant's Responsibilities?
Master Sergeant is the eighth among Enlisted ranks in the USMC, equal in rank but different in responsibilities than a First Sergeant. Master Sergeants are technical managers, while First Sergeants are personnel managers.
Master Sergeants may serve on Battalion, Regiment, or Brigade level staffs, advising Majors or Lieutenant Colonels of the readiness of their units with respect to equipment and programs.
What is a Master Sergeant's Paygrade?
A Master Sergeant is considered a Staff Noncommissioned Officer, with a paygrade of E-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.
On this page you can learn more about a Master Sergeant's payscale, the process of becoming a Master Sergeant, and the history of the rank in the United States Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Master Sergeant Pay Calculator
Starting pay for a Master Sergeant is $4,136.10 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $5,898.90 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Master Sergeant, or visit our Marine Corps pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.
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Equivalent Ranks to a Marine Corps Master Sergeant
A Master Sergeant is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer, with a military paygrade of E-8. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-6 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.
The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Marine Corps Master Sergeant, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.