The average pay for an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Air is $121,129 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$54,738 - $177,539
MEDIAN: $121,129

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$54,738 - $177,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Air

The role of an Air Force lieutenant colonel is an incredibly important role with a large amount of responsibility. Becoming a lieutenant colonel most often comes from climbing the ranks, starting as a commissioned officer at the rank of second lieutenant. Usually, they must be promoted from rank to rank until they reach the position of lieutenant colonel, but it is sometimes possible to be promoted to the role from a lower pay grade. This promotion is dependent on doing an outstanding job and displaying excellent leadership skills. Promotions are handled by the Department of Defense policies. The official guideline suggests that 70% of majors will be promoted after a total of 15 to 17 years of commissioned service and after serving a minimum of three years at their current rank.


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What is it like working as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Air?

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Air in Hampton:
"Doesn't Get Any Better."
Pros: Autonomy in most things; ability to work with people and team building; ability to set the organizational agenda; wide impact (beyond just my organization)
Cons: The lack of motivation and trust for some people in the unit.

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Experience Affects Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Air Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
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Years of Experience

10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

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Medical: 100%
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Dental: 100%
medical benefits
Vision: 89%
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