United States Marine Corps - E-9 Sergeant Major
Yearly Base Pay
$65,675 - $101,970
Monthly Base Pay
$5,472.90 - $8,497.50
Hourly Base Pay *
$34.21 - $53.11
Marine Corps Sergeant Major - Rank Details
Sergeant Major (SgtMa)
|Classification||Senior Enlisted Advisor|
|Service||United States Marine Corps|
|Address||Sergeant Major (last name)|
What are a Sergeant Major's Responsibilities?
Sergeant Major is the ninth among Enlisted ranks in the USMC, equal in rank but different in responsibilities than a Master Gunnery Sergeant. Master Gunnery Sergeants are technical managers, while Sergeants Major are personnel managers.
Sergeants Major lead at the Battalion level or higher, all the way up to Force levels, advising Majors all the way up to Generals of the readiness of their units with respect to personnel.
What is a Sergeant Major's Paygrade?
A Sergeant Major is considered a Senior Enlisted Advisor, with a paygrade of E-9. 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 Sergeant Major's payscale, the process of becoming a Sergeant Major, and the history of the rank in the United States Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Sergeant Major Pay Calculator
Starting pay for a Sergeant Major is $5,472.90 per month, with raises for experience resulting in a maximum base pay of $8,497.50 per month. You can use the simple calculator below to see basic and drill pay for a Sergeant Major, or visit our Marine Corps pay calculator for a more detailed salary estimate.
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Equivalent Ranks to a Marine Corps Sergeant Major
The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Marine Corps Sergeant Major, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.