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Marine Corps Major

O-4 Field Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps Major
Marine Corps 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 is the lowest Field Officer rank in the United States Air Force. It is just above Captain and below Lieutenant Colonel. Major is the most junior field rank. A Major's responsibilities include serving as the main staff officer of a brigade and task force Executive Officer. Their duties also include acting as a senior staff officer at the squadron and wing levels; in flight squadrons, majors are typically assistant directors or flight commanders. When working in mission support or maintenance groups majors are usually squadron commanders. In the medical corps, a major is the head of a clinic or a flight commander.

The rank insignia for Major is a gold oak leaf.

Major is the 22nd rank in the United States Marine Corps, 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. Gutierrez is "Major Gutierrez", or written as Maj Gutierrez. 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 Marine Corps Major may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including housing allowance, education allowance, food allowance, retirement benefits, and more.

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