Armed Forces Comparative Pay Grades and Ranks

This table provides a listing of ranks by pay grade and branch of Military Service: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy.  While pay grades are administrative classifications used primarily to standardize compensation across the military services, ranks indicate a level of responsibility (for personnel, equipment, and mission) which grows with each increase in rank.

Pay Grade & Ranks By Branch of Service

 Pay GradeArmyNavyMarine CorpsAir Force*Coast Guard
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO10GeneralAdmiralGeneralGeneralAdmiral
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO9Lieutenant GeneralVice AdmiralLieutenant GeneralLieutenant GeneralVice Admiral
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO8Major GeneralRear Admiral (Upper)Major GeneralMajor GeneralRear Admiral (Upper)
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO7Brigadier GeneralRear Admiral (Lower)Brigadier GeneralBrigadier GeneralRear Admiral (Lower)
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO6ColonelCaptainColonelColonelCaptain
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO5Lieutenant ColonelCommanderLieutenant ColonelLieutenant ColonelCommander
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO4MajorLieutenant CommanderMajorMajorLieutenant Commander
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO3CaptainLieutenantCaptainCaptainLieutenant
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO2First LieutenantLieutenant Junior GradeFirst LieutenantFirst LieutenantLieutenant Junior Grade
COMMISSIONED OFFICERSO1Second LieutenantEnsignSecond LieutenantSecond LieutenantEnsign
WARRANT OFFICERSW5Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer--Chief Warrant Officer
WARRANT OFFICERSW4Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer--Chief Warrant Officer
WARRANT OFFICERSW3Chief WarrantChief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant--Chief Warrant Officer
WARRANT OFFICERSW2Chief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant OfficerChief Warrant Officer--Chief Warrant Officer
WARRANT OFFICERSW1Warrant OfficerWarrant OfficerWarrant Officer--Warrant Officer
ENLISTED MEMBERSE9Command Sergeant
Major
- or - Sergeant Major
Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer
- or - Master Chief
Petty Officer
Sergeant Major
- or - Master Gunnery Sergeant
Command Chief
Master Sergeant
- or - Chief Master
Sergeant
- or -
First Sergeant
Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer
- or -
Master Chief Petty
Officer
ENLISTED MEMBERSE8First Sergeant
- or - Master Sergeant
Senior Chief Petty OfficerFirst Sergeant
- or - Master Sergeant
Senior MasterSenior Chief Petty Officer
ENLISTED MEMBERSE7Sergeant First ClassChief Petty OfficerGunnery SergeantMaster Sergeant
- or -
First Sergeant
Chief Petty Officer
ENLISTED MEMBERSE6Staff SergeantPetty Officer First ClassStaff SergeantTechnical SergeantPetty Officer First Class
ENLISTED MEMBERSE5SergeantPetty Officer Second ClassSergeantStaff SergeantPetty Officer Second Class
ENLISTED MEMBERSE4Corporal
- or - Specialist
Petty Officer Third ClassCorporalSenior AirmanPetty Officer Third Class
ENLISTED MEMBERSE3Private First ClassSeamanLance CorporalAirman First ClassSeaman
ENLISTED MEMBERSE2Private E-2Seaman ApprenticePrivate First ClassAirmanSeaman Apprentice
ENLISTED MEMBERSE1PrivateSeaman RecruitPrivateAirman BasicSeaman Recruit

*  The Air Force does not have warrant officers.

Source Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) Demographic Report.

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