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Salary of a Master Sergeant How much does an E-7 Master Sergeant in the Air Force get paid?

A Master Sergeant is a noncommissioned officer in the United States Air Force at DoD paygrade E-7. A Master Sergeant receives a monthly basic pay salary starting at $2,816 per month, with raises up to $5,061 per month once they have served for over 26 years.

In addition to basic pay, Master Sergeants may receive additional pay allowances for housing and food, as well as special incentive pay for hostile fire and dangerous duties.

Including the most common pay allowances, the average total compensation for a Master Sergeant may range from $55,056.47 to $81,998.87 per year as of 2017.

Air Force Master Sergeant 2017 Salary Air Force Master Sergeant Basic Pay Table for 2017
Years Experience Monthly Basic Pay Yearly Basic Pay Drill Pay Hazard Pay
Starting Pay$2,816.10 / mo$33,793.20 / yr$93.87 / drill$240.00
Over 2 years$3,073.50 / mo$36,882.00 / yr$102.45 / drill$240.00
Over 3 years$3,191.40 / mo$38,296.80 / yr$106.38 / drill$240.00
Over 4 years$3,347.10 / mo$40,165.20 / yr$111.57 / drill$240.00
Over 6 years$3,468.90 / mo$41,626.80 / yr$115.63 / drill$240.00
Over 8 years$3,678.00 / mo$44,136.00 / yr$122.60 / drill$240.00
Over 10 years$3,795.60 / mo$45,547.20 / yr$126.52 / drill$240.00
Over 12 years$4,004.70 / mo$48,056.40 / yr$133.49 / drill$240.00
Over 14 years$4,178.70 / mo$50,144.40 / yr$139.29 / drill$240.00
Over 16 years$4,297.50 / mo$51,570.00 / yr$143.25 / drill$240.00
Over 18 years$4,423.80 / mo$53,085.60 / yr$147.46 / drill$240.00
Over 20 years$4,472.70 / mo$53,672.40 / yr$149.09 / drill$240.00
Over 22 years$4,637.10 / mo$55,645.20 / yr$154.57 / drill$240.00
Over 24 years$4,725.30 / mo$56,703.60 / yr$157.51 / drill$240.00
Over 26 years$5,061.30 / mo$60,735.60 / yr$168.71 / drill$240.00

Additional Pay & Allowances for an E-7

In addition to Basic Pay, a Master Sergeant may be eligible to receive several types of allowances and incentive pay.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Basic Allowance for Housing is a monthly payment meant to subsidize a servicemember's housing while deployed. The amount of BAH received each month depends on the location in which they live.

The average Basic Housing Allowance for a Master Sergeant with dependants is $1,763.02, or $1,403.65 with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All enlisted members of the Air Force receive a monthly allowance for food and drink of $368.29.

Enlisted members' BAS is higher than officers' BAS, as enlisted members are generally responsible for buying their own food.

Hazard Pay / Hostile Fire Pay

A Master Sergeant may receive hazard pay of $240.00 / mo while serving in an active combat zone or subject to hostile fire or other hazards.

Military Discounts & Benefits for Airmen:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty airmen, veterans, and even their families are eligible for hundreds of discounts and additional benefits offered by organizations and private companies like JetBlue , United Airlines , Verizon , and hundreds more.

Learn more about Military Discounts

Salary of a Master Sergeant Master Sergeant Pay Calculator for 2017

As this page shows, the total compensation paid to an Air Force Master Sergeant is significantly more than just basic pay. This simple pay calculator can estimate the total compensation for a Master Sergeant by adding basic pay to housing allowance (BAH) and subsistance allowance (BAS), the two largest payments received by most airmen.

Air Force Master Sergeant Pay Calculator Air Force Master Sergeant Salary Calculator
E-7 Basic Pay with years service $33,793.20 per year
Average BAH allowance (no dependants) $16,843.79 per year
Average BAS allowance (enlisted) $4,419.48 per year
Total Estimated Compensation $55,056.47 per year

The Government civilian employee equivalent of a Master Sergeant is paid under the General Schedule paygrade. To learn more, see this Air Force ranks to civilian General Schedule grades conversion table .