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Air Force Staff Sergeant

E-5 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Air Force
(Next) E-6 TSgtAir Force Technical Sergeant
Technical Sergeant
Air Force Staff Sergeant
Air Force Staff Sergeant
Air Force E-5 Staff Sergeant

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. SSgt
Title Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-5 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-5 (NATO Code)
Salary $2090.10/mo

What is a Staff Sergeant?

Staff Sergeant (SSgt) is the lowest Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) rank in the US Air Force. It is the rank just above Senior Airman and just below Technical Sergeant. Staff Sergeant is the first rank that promotion is done competitively; all lower ranks have automatic promotions based on the individual's time in service. The responsibilities of a SSgt are to maintain and improve their technical abilities and to supervise the work of their subordinates.

The Staff Sergeant's rank insignia is the same as the Senior Airman's, three silver, downward pointing chevrons outlined in blue with an encircled star at the point, but the SSgt's insignia has an additional curved chevron below the encircled star.

Staff Sergeant is the 5th rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above Senior Airman and directly below Technical Sergeant. A staff sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-5, with a starting monthly pay of $2090.10.

How do you become a Staff Sergeant?

A Staff Sergeant is most often promoted from Senior Airman (SrA), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Staff Sergeant?

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

How much does a Staff Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Staff Sergeant with no years of experience is $2,090.10 per month. A Staff Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

For full details on the Air Force's Staff Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Air Force Staff 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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Air Force
Staff Sergeant
Army Sergeant - Equivalent to Staff Sergeant
Army
Sergeant
Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class - Equivalent to Staff Sergeant
Coast Guard
Petty Officer Second Class
Marine Corps Sergeant - Equivalent to Staff Sergeant
Marine Corps
Sergeant
Navy Petty Officer Second Class - Equivalent to Staff Sergeant
Navy
Petty Officer Second Class