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Army Sergeant

E-5 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army
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Army E-5 Sergeant

Class Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. SGT
Title Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-5 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-5 (NATO Code)
Salary $2090.10/mo

What is a Sergeant?

A Sergeant is the second-lowest grade of NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer), directly above Corporal. Sergeants command small units of soldiers ranging in size from a fireteam, 4-5 soldiers, to a squad, which consists of two fireteams, and have a great deal of influence of the everyday lives and activities of their men. Some soldiers may then be promoted to Drill Sergeant, a special rank which requires additional experience and training.

Sergeant is the 6th rank in the United States Army, ranking above Corporal and directly below Staff Sergeant. A sergeant is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-5, with a starting monthly pay of $2090.10.

How do you become a Sergeant?

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

What is the proper way to address a Sergeant?

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

How much does a Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Sergeant with no years of experience is $2,090.10 per month. A Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

For full details on the Army's Sergeant compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Army Sergeant 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 Sergeant is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Staff Sergeant - Equivalent to Sergeant
Air Force
Staff Sergeant
Army Sergeant - Equivalent to Sergeant
Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class - Equivalent to Sergeant
Coast Guard
Petty Officer Second Class
Marine Corps Sergeant - Equivalent to Sergeant
Marine Corps
Navy Petty Officer Second Class - Equivalent to Sergeant
Petty Officer Second Class