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Salary of a First Sergeant How much does an E-8 First Sergeant in the Army get paid?

A First Sergeant is a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army at DoD paygrade E-8. A First Sergeant receives a monthly basic pay salary starting at $0 per month, with raises up to $5,778 per month once they have served for over 30 years.

In addition to basic pay, First 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 First Sergeant may range from $22,728.43 to $92,060.83 per year as of 2016.

Army First Sergeant 2016 Salary Army First Sergeant Basic Pay Table for 2016
Years Experience Monthly Basic Pay Yearly Basic Pay Drill Pay Hazard Pay
Over 8 years$4,050.90 / mo$48,610.80 / yr$135.03 / drill$240.00
Over 10 years$4,230.00 / mo$50,760.00 / yr$141.00 / drill$240.00
Over 12 years$4,341.00 / mo$52,092.00 / yr$144.70 / drill$240.00
Over 14 years$4,473.90 / mo$53,686.80 / yr$149.13 / drill$240.00
Over 16 years$4,618.20 / mo$55,418.40 / yr$153.94 / drill$240.00
Over 18 years$4,878.00 / mo$58,536.00 / yr$162.60 / drill$240.00
Over 20 years$5,009.40 / mo$60,112.80 / yr$166.98 / drill$240.00
Over 22 years$5,233.80 / mo$62,805.60 / yr$174.46 / drill$240.00
Over 24 years$5,358.00 / mo$64,296.00 / yr$178.60 / drill$240.00
Over 26 years$5,664.00 / mo$67,968.00 / yr$188.80 / drill$240.00
Over 28 years$5,664.00 / mo$67,968.00 / yr$188.80 / drill$240.00
Over 30 years$5,777.70 / mo$69,332.40 / yr$192.59 / drill$240.00

Additional Pay & Allowances for an E-8

In addition to Basic Pay, a First 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 First Sergeant with dependants is $1,838.48, or $1,525.75 with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All enlisted members of the Army 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 First 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 Soldiers:

In addition to basic pay and allowances, active-duty soldiers, 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 First Sergeant First Sergeant Pay Calculator for 2016

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

Army First Sergeant Pay Calculator Army First Sergeant Salary Calculator
E-8 Basic Pay with years service $0.00 per year
Average BAH allowance (no dependants) $18,308.95 per year
Average BAS allowance (enlisted) $4,419.48 per year
Total Estimated Compensation $22,728.43 per year

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