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Army Corporal

E-4 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
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Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. CPL
Title Corporal (last name)
Paygrade E-4 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-4 (NATO Code)
Salary $1916.10/mo

What is a Corporal?

Corporal (CPL) is the first of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) ranks, and is equivalent in pay grade to a Specialist, although a Corporal has greater leadership and management responsibilities. Soldiers may be promoted to Corporal directly from the rank of Private First Class (PFC) or later from the rank of Specialist.

As a junior NCO, corporals may be placed in command of a small contingent of soldiers such as a fireteam, which contains four soldiers at most, and are responsible for the training and performance of their soldiers. Additionally, some soldiers are given a permanent promotion to corporal in order to fulfill a support role or desk job, including recruiting, traditionally this is done by an NCO with little or no combat duties.

Corporal is the 5th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Specialist and directly below Sergeant. A corporal is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-4, with a starting monthly pay of $1916.10.

How do you become a Corporal?

A Corporal is most often promoted from Specialist (SPC), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Corporal?

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

How much does a Corporal earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Corporal with no years of experience is $1,916.10 per month. A Corporal receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

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

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Senior Airman - Equivalent to Corporal
Air Force
Senior Airman
Army Specialist - Equivalent to Corporal
Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Corporal
Coast Guard
Petty Officer Third Class
Marine Corps Corporal - Equivalent to Corporal
Marine Corps
Navy Petty Officer Third Class - Equivalent to Corporal
Petty Officer Third Class