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Air Force Technical Sergeant

E-6 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Air Force
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Air Force E-6 Technical Sergeant

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. TSgt
Title Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-6 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-6 (NATO Code)
Salary $2281.20/mo

What is a Technical Sergeant?

Technical Sergeant (TSgt) is the second Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) rank in the US Air Force. It is the rank just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant. Within the enlisted Air Force, TSgt is known as the second hardest promotion to acquire, next to the promotion to Senior Master Sergeant, which is capped by federal law. A Staff Sergeant must have served five years along with twenty three months in grade in order to even be considered for promotion to TSgt; it takes an average of eleven years in service to reach this rank. TSgt's hold a 7-skill level and are capable of dealing with highly complex technical duties as well as provide supervision for their subordinates. They are to not only perform to the best of their ability but to get those they supervise to work at their best too.

The rank insignia for Technical Sergeant is the same as the Staff Sergeant's, three silver, downward pointing chevrons outlined in blue with an encircled star at the point with a curved chevron below the star, except that it has two curved chevrons below the encircled star.

Technical Sergeant is the 6th rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above Staff Sergeant and directly below Master Sergeant. A technical sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-6, with a starting monthly pay of $2281.20.

How do you become a Technical Sergeant?

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

What is the proper way to address a Technical Sergeant?

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

How much does a Technical Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Technical Sergeant with no years of experience is $2,281.20 per month. A Technical Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Technical Sergeant's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Air Force Technical 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 Technical Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Air Force Technical Sergeant Pay Chart. A full table of the Air Force's current paygrades are available at the Air Force Pay Chart.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Technical Sergeant - Equivalent to Technical Sergeant
Air Force
Technical Sergeant
Army Staff Sergeant - Equivalent to Technical Sergeant
Army
Staff Sergeant
Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class - Equivalent to Technical Sergeant
Coast Guard
Petty Officer First Class
Marine Corps Staff Sergeant - Equivalent to Technical Sergeant
Marine Corps
Staff Sergeant
Navy Petty Officer First Class - Equivalent to Technical Sergeant
Navy
Petty Officer First Class