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Air Force Master Sergeant

E-7 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Air Force
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Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. MSgt
Title Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-7 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-7 (NATO Code)
Salary $2637.30/mo

What is a Master Sergeant?

Master Sergeant (MSgt) is the third Non-Commissioned Officer rank in the United States Air Force. It is just above Technical Sergeant and below Senior Master Sergeant. The promotion to Master Sergeant is known as one of the most significant promotions in the Air Force, and it is the point where an airman enters the senior Non-Commissioned Officer tier. A MSgt's responsibilities start to shift from technical duties towards commanding larger amount of subordinates. It is also the lowest rank one can hold to be eligible to become a First Sergeant, or adviser to a Unite Commander.

The rank insignia for Master Sergeant is the same as the Technical Sergeant's, three silver, downward pointing chevrons outlined in blue with an encircled star at the point with two curved chevrons below the star, but with an upward pointing chevron added over the downward pointing ones. A common, informal nickname for a MSgt is “first shirt” or “the shirt."

Master Sergeant is the 7th rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above Technical Sergeant and directly below Senior Master Sergeant. A master sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-7, with a starting monthly pay of $2637.30.

How do you become a Master Sergeant?

A Master Sergeant is most often promoted from Technical Sergeant (TSgt), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Master Sergeant?

The correct way to address a Master Sergeant named Mr. Johnson is "Sergeant Johnson", or written as MSgt Johnson. In formal situations, a Master Sergeant should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Master Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Master Sergeant with no years of experience is $2,637.30 per month. A Master Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Master Sergeant's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Air Force Master Sergeant may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including retirement benefits, housing allowance, food allowance, clothing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Air Force's Master Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Air Force Master Sergeant Pay Chart. A full table of the Air Force's current paygrades are available at the Air Force Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks

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Navy Chief Petty Officer - Equivalent to Master Sergeant
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