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Army Staff Sergeant

E-6 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
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Army E-6 Staff Sergeant

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

What is a Staff Sergeant?

A Staff Sergeant is a non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the United States Army usually placed in command of a squad of 9-10 soldiers. In rare situations, a Staff Sergeant may be placed in command of a larger unit such as a platoon comprising of two to four squads containing anywhere from 16 to 50 soldiers.

In a leadership position, Staff Sergeants will regularly have one or more Sergeants serving under them.

Alongside field NCOs, soldiers may also be promoted to Staff Sergeant in order to serve in headquarters support positions - these positions are generally referred to as "Staff NCOs".

Staff Sergeant is the 7th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Sergeant and directly below Sergeant First Class. A staff sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-6, with a starting monthly pay of $2281.20.

How do you become a Staff Sergeant?

A Staff Sergeant is most often promoted from Sergeant (SGT), 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 SSG 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 $2,281.20 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 Army Staff Sergeant may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

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

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Staff Sergeant is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

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