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How much does a major in the air force make?

Asked Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Rebecca’s Answer


Hi Alexandra. Pay is a very important question. I have included a link for the pay scale of all Air Force ranks. I am a retired Master Sergeant (E7) so Enlisted and Officer pay differences quite a bit.

Any particular Air Force job you are interested in ? I loved my 20 years in the Air Force, if I had to do it over, I would do it again. https://www.federalpay.org/military/air-force/ranks

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

  • Review Air Force Career field and see what peaks your interests. https://www.airforce.com/careers/browse-careers/

Thomas’s Answer

Updated Orlando, Florida

This is not a question that can be answered directly. There are a few items that have to be taken into consideration to determine how much a major in the air force makes.

-Time in Grade (RANK...ie. Second Lieutenant, Captain, Colonel, etc. )

-There is a specific amount of time you have to spend in each rank before you can be promoted to the next.

-Time in Service

-This is the time you have served in the military

-Needs of the Branch

-Promotions are not just given, they are earned

-Some of the higher positions of the Enlisted/Officer Ranks are limited and require an opening for promotion so it can be filled

A basic search and understanding of the rank structure of the military will give you the information you are seeking. Current pay scales can be found online for military service.