Members of the U.S. Marine Corps receive compensation according to military pay charts determined by Congress. Similar to other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, basic pay increases as you rise in rank and accumulate years of service. Marines also receive allowances for food, housing, clothing and missions that separate them from their family.
Lower Enlisted Ranks
Privates in the Marines make $1,531 per month; privates first class receive a monthly pay of $1,716.90 and lance corporals earn between $1,805.40 and $2,034.90 every month. Marine corporals receive from $1,999.50 to $2,427.30 per month and sergeants make $2,191 to $3,094.80. Staff sergeants earn from $2,380.80 to $3,687.30 on a monthly basis while gunnery sergeants make between $2,752.50 and $4,946.70.
Upper Enlisted Ranks
Two different high-ranking enlisted positions with the Marine Corps share the same E-8 pay grade. Master sergeants and first sergeants require more experience than other enlisted members of the Marines. As a result, their pay scale begins at the eighth year of service, resulting in a compressed monthly pay range between $3,959.40 and $5,647.20. The highest enlisted ranks, master gunnery sergeant, sergeant major and sergeant major of the Marine Corps, all share the E-9 pay grade, which pays between $4,836.90 and $7,509.60 per month.
Warrant officers have five levels of pay that correspond with their ranks. Warrant officer 1 is the lowest rank, with a monthly pay that ranges from $2,839.80 to $4,906.80. Monthly pay for chief warrant officer 2 ranges from $3,234.90 to $5,399.70 while chief warrant officer 3 receives a monthly basic pay between $3,655.80 and $6,413.10. Chief warrant officer 4 earns from $4,003.50 to $7,457.10 every month. The top rank and pay is chief warrant officer 5, with a monthly income that ranges from $7,118.40 to $9,315.00.
Second lieutenants in the Marines earn between $2,905.20 and $3,655.50 per month while first lieutenants earn between $3,347.10 and $4,632.30 each month. Captains make from $3,873.90 to $6,302.40 monthly and majors receive a monthly pay of $4,405.80 to $7,356.60. Lieutenant colonels earn between $5,106.60 and $8,675.70 monthly, Colonels make $6,125.40 to $10,844.10 each month and brigadier generals take home $8,264.40 to $12,347.70 every month. Major generals earn $9,946.20 to $14,338.50 per month and lieutenant generals make $14,056.80 to $15,125.10 monthly. The highest ranking Marine is the four-star general, who makes $15,125.10 per month.