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Air Force Major

O-4 Field Officer, U.S. Air Force
(Next) O-5 Lt CoAir Force Lieutenant Colonel
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Air Force O-4 Major

Class Field Officer
Abbr. Maj
Title Major (last name)
Paygrade O-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-4 (NATO Code)
Salary $4221.90/mo

What is a Major?

Major (Maj) is the lowest Field Officer rank in the United States Air Force. It is just above the rank of Captain and below Lieutenant Colonel. It is the most junior Field Officer rank. A Major's responsibilities include serving as the main staff officer of a brigade and task force Executive Officer.

The rank insignia for Major is a gold oak leaf.

Major is the 20th rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above Captain and directly below Lieutenant Colonel. A major is a Field Officer at DoD paygrade O-4, with a starting monthly pay of $4221.90.

How do you become a Major?

A Major is most often promoted from Captain (Capt), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Major?

The correct way to address a Major named Mr. Johnson is "Major Johnson", or written as Maj Johnson. In formal situations, a Major should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Major earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Major with no years of experience is $4,221.90 per month. A Major receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Major's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Air Force Major may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including retirement benefits, housing allowance, food allowance, clothing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Air Force's Major compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Air Force Major Pay Chart. A full table of the Air Force's current paygrades are available at the Air Force Pay Chart.

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

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Major - Equivalent to Major
Air Force
Army Major - Equivalent to Major
Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Major
Coast Guard
Lieutenant Commander
Marine Corps Major - Equivalent to Major
Marine Corps
Navy Lieutenant Commander - Equivalent to Major
Lieutenant Commander