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E-6 Staff Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps E-6 Staff Sergeant

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

What is a Staff Sergeant?

Staff Sergeant is the first of the staff non-commissioned officer ranks in the United States Marine Corps. Generally experienced Marines with 10 to 13 years of service, Staff Sergeants most often serve as a platoon sergeant for a platoon consisting of 30 or more Marines.

As a platoon sergeant, Staff Sergeants may act as the top tactical advisor to their platoon commander during combat and support operations. In day-to-day deployment and training, a staff sergeant will also assist with training and administrative operation of his platoon.

The rank of Staff Sergeant, like several other modern Marine Corps ranks, was introduced by the USMC in 1923 in order to match the rank structure used by the U.S. Army.

Staff Sergeant is the 6th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above Sergeant and directly below Gunnery Sergeant. A staff sergeant is a Staff 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. Espinoza is "Staff Sergeant Espinoza", or written as SSgt Espinoza. 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 Marine Corps Staff Sergeant 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' Staff Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2014 Marine Corps Staff 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 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