Army SergeantE-5 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
|Title||Sergeant (last name)|
E-5 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-5 (NATO Code)
What is a Sergeant?
A Sergeant is the second-lowest grade of NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer), directly above Corporal. Sergeants command small units of soldiers ranging in size from a fireteam, 4-5 soldiers, to a squad, which consists of two fireteams, and have a great deal of influence of the everyday lives and activities of their men. Some soldiers may then be promoted to Drill Sergeant, a special rank which requires additional experience and training.
Sergeant is the 6th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Corporal and directly below Staff Sergeant. A sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-5, with a starting monthly pay of $2090.10.
How do you become a Sergeant?
A Sergeant is most often promoted from Corporal (CPL), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.
What is the proper way to address a Sergeant?
The correct way to address a Sergeant named Mr. Miller is "Sergeant Miller", or written as SGT Miller. In formal situations, a Sergeant should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Sergeant earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Sergeant with no years of experience is $2,090.10 per month. A Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.
Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Sergeant's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Army Sergeant may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, personal money allowance, retirement benefits, hazard pay, and more.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Sergeant is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.