I often get these confused and wanted a quick how to for a self reminder. Hopefully, this helps you too.
In order of RANK from full control to minor control is as follows:
Administrator > Editor > Author > Contributor > Follower
Follower is the same as “subscriber”.
Why doesn’t WordPress have these in ranking order for us to choose on the drop down menu? Answer; That would be too easy 🙂
Definitive guide is found here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/
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