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Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant

E-9 Staff Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps E-9 Master Gunnery Sergeant

Class Staff Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. MGySg
Title Master Gunnery Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-9 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-9 (NATO Code)
Salary $4634.70/mo

What is a Master Gunnery Sergeant?

Master Gunnery Sergeant is the highest enlisted rank available to Marines who have chosen to follow a career track as a technical specialist in the USMC. Master Gunnery Sergeants serve as technical experts in their Military Occupation Specialty, and offer leadership in their field to large Marine units like companies and battalions. Master Gunnery Sergeants may be involved in fields such as logistics, aviation, artillery, and more.

Master Gunnery Sergeants are promoted from the ranks of Master Sergeants who indicated their interest in continuing to pursue their Military Occupation Specialty before their promotion from Gunnery Sergeant. As a highly specialized and skilled position, many career Marines will retire in-paygrade.

Master Gunnery Sergeants wear a distinct rank insignia with a stylized bursting bomb between three gold chevrons and four gold rockers, often jokingly referred to as the "Pineapple Patch" due to the fruit it resembles. Like holders of the subordinate rank of Gunnery Sergeant, some Master Gunnery Sergeants are referred to by their peers by the nicknames "Master Gunny" or "Master Guns", although others prefer to be called by their full title.

Master Gunnery Sergeant is the 11th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Master Sergeant and directly below Sergeant Major. A master gunnery sergeant is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-9, with a starting monthly pay of $4634.70.

How do you become a Master Gunnery Sergeant?

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

What is the proper way to address a Master Gunnery Sergeant?

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

How much does a Master Gunnery Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Master Gunnery Sergeant with ten years of experience is $4,634.70 per month. A Master Gunnery Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

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

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