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Basic Pay

Basic Pay is by far the primary component of the military pay compensation package. The basic pay rate is computed by the service member's rank and length of service. All service members received an across the board increase of 3.1 percent on January 1, 2006. In addition to targeted raises for senior enlisted service members and warrant officers, the Pentagon's goal for 2007 is another across the board increase of 2.2 percent.

Military basic pay has a wide range. For example, the most senior officers' (i.e. the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) basic pay is limited to a maximum of $12,666.60 per month, while an enlisted service member with less than four months of service earns $1,178.10 per month. Military Annual Pay is capped by law at Level III of the Executive Pay Schedule at $152,000 annually.

There are several factors that have been responsible for narrowing the gap between military pay and civilian pay for service members and civilians with comparable education and experience. One of these factors occurred in 1999 when Congress enacted a pay raise formula that mandated annual military pay raises be set at ½ of a percentage point above the average annual hikes in civilian wages, as noted by the Labor Department's Employment Cost Index. An additional factor narrowing this gap has been five years of targeted raises.

 

Commissioned Officers with over 4 years of Active Duty
Warrant Officers
Enlisted Members
O-10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
O-9 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
O-8 8271.00 8541.90 8721.60 8772.00 8996.10 9371.10 9458.10 9814.20
O-7 6872.70 7191.90 7339.80 7457.10 7669.80 7879.50 8122.50 8364.90
O-6 5094.00 5596.20 5963.40 5963.40 5985.90 6242.70 6276.60 6276.60
O-5 4246.50 4783.50 5115.00 5177.10 5383.50 5507.40 5779.20 5978.70
O-4 3663.90 4241.40 4524.30 4587.60 4850.10 5131.80 5482.20 5755.80
O-3 3221.40 3651.90 3941.70 4297.50 4503.00 4728.90 4875.30 5115.90
O-2 2783.10 3170.10 3651.00 3774.30 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00
O-1 2416.20 2514.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60
O-10 0.00 0.00 0.00 13365.00 13430.40 13709.70 14196.30
O-9 0.00 0.00 0.00 11689.50 11857.50 12101.10 12525.60
O-8 9916.20 10222.80 10666.20 11075.40 11348.70 11348.70 11348.70
O-7 8607.90 9371.10 10015.80 10015.80 10015.80 10015.80 10066.50
O-6 6633.30 7263.90 7634.10 8004.00 8214.60 8427.60 8841.30
O-5 6236.10 6630.60 6818.10 7003.80 7214.40 7214.40 7214.40
O-4 5945.40 6054.30 6117.60 6117.60 6117.60 6117.60 6117.60
O-3 5240.70 5240.70 5240.70 5240.70 5240.70 5240.70 5240.70
O-2 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00 3852.00
O-1 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60 3039.60
O-3E 0.00 0.00 0.00 4297.50 4503.00 4728.90 4875.30 5115.90
O-2E 0.00 0.00 0.00 3774.30 3852.00 3974.70 4181.40 4341.60
O-1E 0.00 0.00 0.00 3039.60 3246.30 3366.00 3488.70 3609.30
O-3E 5318.40 5434.50 5592.90 5592.90 5592.90 5592.90 5592.90
O-2E 4460.70 4460.70 4460.70 4460.70 4460.70 4460.70 4460.70
O-1E 3774.30 3774.30 3774.30 3774.30 3774.30 3774.30 3774.30
W-5 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
W-4 3328.80 3581.10 3684.00 3785.10 3959.40 4131.30 4305.90 4475.70
W-3 3039.90 3166.80 3296.40 3339.30 3475.50 3631.50 3837.30 4040.40
W-2 2673.90 2826.60 2960.40 3057.30 3140.70 3369.60 3544.50 3674.40
W-1 2361.30 2554.50 2683.80 2767.50 2990.40 3124.80 3243.90 3376.80
W-5 0.00 0.00 0.00 5720.10 5916.30 6113.10 6311.10
W-4 4651.50 4927.20 5103.60 5276.10 5454.90 5631.00 5811.00
W-3 4256.40 4418.40 4579.80 4649.10 4720.80 4876.80 5032.50
W-2 3801.30 3888.30 3961.50 4100.70 4239.00 4379.10 4379.10
W-1 3465.00 3544.80 3674.70 3773.10 3773.10 3773.10 3773.10
E-9 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4022.10 4113.30
E-8 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3292.50 3438.30 3528.30
E-7 2288.70 2498.10 2593.80 2720.70 2819.40 2989.50 3084.90 3180.30
E-6 1979.70 2178.00 2274.30 2367.60 2465.10 2685.00 2770.50 2865.30
E-5 1814.10 1935.30 2028.60 2124.60 2273.70 2402.10 2496.60 2526.60
E-4 1662.90 1748.10 1842.60 1935.90 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40
E-3 1501.20 1595.70 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00
E-2 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40
E-1>4 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50
E-1 1178.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
E-9 4228.20 4363.50 4499.40 4717.80 4902.30 5097.00 5394.00
E-8 3636.30 3753.30 3964.50 4071.60 4253.70 4354.80 4603.50
E-7 3350.40 3435.60 3516.30 3565.80 3732.60 3840.60 4113.60
E-6 2948.70 2978.10 2998.50 2998.50 2998.50 2998.50 2998.50
E-5 2526.60 2526.60 2526.60 2526.60 2526.60 2526.60 2526.60
E-4 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40 2018.40
E-3 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00 1692.00
E-2 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40 1427.40
E-1>4 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50 1273.50
E-1 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

 

C/S 15,615.90
M/S 6,499.50

NOTE -- BASIC PAY FOR O-7 AND ABOVE IS LIMITED TO $12,666.60 TO LEVEL III OF THE EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE
NOTE -- BASIC PAY FOR O-6 AND BELOW IS LIMITED TO $11,158.20 TO LEVEL V OF THE EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE

 

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Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is another significant component of the military pay package. Housing allowances are not subject to taxes. Service members are provided government quarters, or a cash substitute when quarters are not available to them. More than 900,000 service members stationed in the United States receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and this component increases with rank. BAH is also determined by the location of the service member and whether he or she has dependents.

Basic Allowances for Housing (BAH) can vary from as much as $3,464 monthly for married officers in an expensive location (such as San Francisco) to a low of $428 monthly for a single enlisted E-1 living in a less expensive location. Basic Allowance for Housing rates, or BAH rates, are determined by surveys of the civilian housing market in over 350 U.S. locations. In 2006, BAH rates increased by 4.4 percent, ranging from $1,429.20 monthly for a general to $285.30 for an E-1 without dependents.

Dependent Allowances

There is a dependent allowance which does not increase with additional family members. In cases with married service members, the highest ranked spouse gets the BAH with the dependent rate, and the lower ranked spouse receives the rate without dependents. Those service members without dependents receive the BAH, and married service members both receive the BAH without dependents rate.

Geographic Rate Protection

The Pentagon implemented a plan called “geographic rate protection” that prevented BAH rates from dropping in any area in which housing costs declined in any given year. On January 1, 2006, after the completion of the five-year BAH Improvement Plan, geographic rate protection was dropped and allowances can vary each year as locations move up or down. The five year BAH Improvement Plan increased rates nationwide and eliminated a gap in housing costs averaging about 19 percent that service members previously had to pay. The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) also has Individual Rate Protection. Service members who receive BAH at a duty station will continue to receive the same rate even if housing costs in that area should decline over time. Newly arriving service members receive the lower BAH rate. BAH should cover 100 percent of the average housing cost, unless the service member wants larger accommodations which then results in additional out of pocket expenses for them.

Basic Allowance for Housing II (BAH II)

This is the Basic Allowance for Housing policy for troops in transit or reservists. BAH II does not vary by location. Basic Allowance for Housing II (BAH II) is for specific circumstances, such as troops in transit from overseas and reservists on active duty. Reservists now qualify for full BAH when they are mobilized for more than 30 days. Reservists mobilized for less than 30 days will receive 1/30th of their normal full BAH rate for each day of active duty.

Basic Allowance for Housing II Differential (BAH II Differential)

Single service members who live on base and pay child support may qualify for BAH II Differential. The range varies from $92.10 to $277.50 per month. In order to qualify, the amount of child support paid must be equal to or greater than the BAH differential.

Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)

Military personnel who are overseas and living off base receive Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) and this amount varies based on the exchange rate. Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) is based on the amount of the service member's lease, up to an authorized ceiling for a given location. Approximately 57,000 service members receive Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA) with the average in excess of $1,500 monthly.

 

O-10
1,161.60
1429.20
227.50
50.70
O-9
1,161.60
1429.20
277.50
50.70
O-8
1,161.60
1,429.20
277.50
50.70
O-7
1,161.60
1,429.20
277.50
50.70
O-6
1,065.60
1,286.70
229.80
39.60
O-5
1,026.00
1,240.20
222.00
33.00
O-4
950.70
1,093.20
147.60
26.70
O-3
762.30
904.50
147.30
22.20
O-2
604.20
771.90
173.70
17.70
O-1
509.40
690.90
188.40
13.20
O-3E
822.90
972.30
155.10
22.20
O-2E
699.30
877.20
185.10
17.70
O-1E
601.80
810.90
216.90
13.20
W-5
965.70
1,055.70
92.17
25.20
W-4
857.70
967.50
113.51
25.20
W-3
721.20
887.10
171.66
20.70
W-2
639.90
815.10
181.25
15.90
W-1
536.40
705.30
175.37
13.80
E-9
704.40
928.50
231.98
18.60
E-8
646.80
856.50
217.13
15.30
E-7
552.30
795.00
251.77
12.00
E-6
499.80
734.40
243.11
9.90
E-5
461.10
660.90
206.60
8.70
E-4
400.80
574.20
179.08
8.10
E-3
393.30
534.30
146.30
7.80
E-2
319.50
509.40
196.10
7.20
E-1
285.30
509.40
231.98
6.90

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Additional Allowances

There are several other allowances, including: Clothing Allowances, Cost of Living Allowances (COLAS), Family Separation Pay, Dislocation Pay, Lodging-Plus Pay, Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) and Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE).

Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)

Yet another major component of military pay is Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS). This defrays a portion of the cost of subsistence, primarily food. Food allowances are also not subject to taxes. As with all military pay, the rates vary. Enlisted personnel who have completed their basic training receive the standard rate of $272.25 per month. However, some enlisted service members are required to eat in the dining facilities, and their meals are automatically deducted, resulting in a $26 per month BAS payment. When mess dining facilities are not available, BAS is paid at the higher rate. Service members in basic training must eat in government facilities and do not receive any food allowance. The 2006 rate for commissioned and warrant officer is $187.49 per month.

Clothing Allowances

Enlisted service members receive an initial allowance for their uniforms, shoes and insignias between $1,157.21 and $1,551.49, and officers receive $400 after their commissioning for purchasing uniforms and insignias. There are basic and standard clothing allowances for clothing replacement, and they vary by branch of service from a low of approximately $275 per year to a high of close to $500 per year. In lieu of payment, Reservists and National Guard usually receive new clothing and receive an initial clothing allowance of $400. There are also special allowances for those service members required to wear civilian clothing.

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) covers the higher costs of food, transportation, clothing and other non-housing items. COLAs in the United States are taxable, but overseas service members are not subject to taxes for their COLAs. The rates vary from $19 per month to over $500 per month in the most expensive United States cities. There are over 50,000 service members receiving COLAs in more than 40 stateside locations designated as high-cost, when their cost of living exceeds the U.S. average cost of living by more than 8 percent. The average overseas COLA is $500 per month, and over 250,000 service members receive this COLA in 625 locations.

Family Separation Pay

Service members are entitled to Family Separation Pay if their families cannot accompany them overseas or when the government will not move their families and they face additional expenses. The government provides a monthly payment of $250 as reimbursement for some of the daily expenses incurred when families are separated. Service members on temporary duty for more than 30 days also receive this allowance. Family Separation pay is not subject to taxes.

Dislocation Pay

The Dislocation Pay allowance is designed to cover some of the extra expenses when government paid moves and travel allowances fall short of the actual cost of permanent change-of-station moves. The 2006 Dislocation Pay allowance varies from $738.72 to $3,703.37, based on rank and dependent status. Dislocation pay is not subject to taxes.

Lodging-Plus Pay

The military generally pays the expenses involved in lodging and transporting household goods during a permanent change-of-station move.

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) & Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)

Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA) covers the cost of temporary housing outside the continental United States when moving to or from an overseas assignment. The amount is based on the per diem rate set for the service member's permanent station of duty.

Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) is provided to cover the housing costs for up to ten (10) days at the beginning and end of a move in the continental United States, and to cover the housing costs for up to five (5) days for a move outside the continental United States. Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) provides up to $180 per day and is not subject to taxes.