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Marine Corps Private First Class

E-2 Enlisted Soldier, U.S. Marine Corps
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Class Enlisted Soldier
Abbr. PFC
Title Private First Class (last name)
Paygrade E-2 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-2 (NATO Code)
Salary $1644.90/mo

What is a Private First Class?

Private First Class is the second-lowest rank in the Marine Corps, ranking above Private and below Lance Corporal. A Private First Class in the Marines is equivalent in paygrade to a Private (PV2) in the Army, and is a full paygrade lower then an Army Private First Class because the Marine Corps only has one Private paygrade instead of the Army's two.

The rank of Private First Class was introduced by the Marine Corps following service in WWI in 1917 to mirror the Army's rank structure. Like their Army counterparts, a PFC in the Marines is expected to serve as a model for newly-enlisted troops and carry out the orders of their superior officers to the best of their abilities.

Private First Class is the 2nd rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Private and directly below Lance Corporal. A private first class is a Enlisted Soldier at DoD paygrade E-2, with a starting monthly pay of $1644.90.

How do you become a Private First Class?

A Private First Class is most often promoted from Private (Pvt), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Private First Class?

The correct way to address a Private First Class named Mr. Espinoza is "Private First Class Espinoza", or written as PFC Espinoza. In formal situations, a Private First Class should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Private First Class earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Private First Class with no years of experience is $1,644.90 per month. A Private First Class receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Private First Class' final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Marine Corps Private First Class may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including education allowance, personal money allowance, hazard pay, food allowance, and more.

For full details on the Marine Corps' Private First Class compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Marine Corps Private First Class 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 Private First Class is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Airman - Equivalent to Private First Class
Air Force
Airman
Army Private - Equivalent to Private First Class
Army
Private
Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice - Equivalent to Private First Class
Coast Guard
Seaman Apprentice
Marine Corps Private First Class - Equivalent to Private First Class
Marine Corps
Private First Class
Navy Seaman Apprentice - Equivalent to Private First Class
Navy
Seaman Apprentice