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E-8 Staff Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Marine Corps
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Marine Corps Master Sergeant
Marine Corps E-8 Master Sergeant

Class Staff Noncommissioned Officer
Abbr. MSgt
Title Master Sergeant (last name)
Paygrade E-8 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-8 (NATO Code)
Salary $3794.10/mo

What is a Master Sergeant?

Master Sergeant is a specialized technical rank in the United States Marine Corps, equivalent in paygrade (but not in responsibilities) to the rank of First Sergeant.

Master Sergeant is one of the highest non-commissioned officer ranks available to Marines who have chosen a technical career path. Master Sergeants serve as high-ranking specialists in a variety of disciplines including logistics, fire control, and more in large units of Marines like companies or battalions.

Master Sergeants often are promoted from the ranks of Gunnery Sergeants who choose to continue on their specialty career path, and may advance to the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant with sufficient experience and skill.

Gunnery Sergeants who want general command authority rather then a technical position instead seek promotion to First Sergeant, a company-level leadership position which is on the same paygrade and authority level as Master Sergeant but has a very different sphere of duties and responsibility.

Master Sergeant is the 10th rank in the United States Marine Corps, ranking above First Sergeant and directly below Master Gunnery Sergeant. A master sergeant is a Staff Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-8, with a starting monthly pay of $3794.10.

How do you become a Master Sergeant?

A Master Sergeant is most often promoted from First Sergeant (1stSg), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Master Sergeant?

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

How much does a Master Sergeant earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Master Sergeant with eight years of experience is $3,794.10 per month. A Master Sergeant receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

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

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

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