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Military Pay Charts


What is 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 such as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs basic pay is limited to a maximum of $12,666.60 a month while an enlisted service member with less than four months of service earns $1,178.10 a 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 compensation for civilians with comparable education and experience. One factor that significantly contributed is in 1999 when Congress enacted a pay raise formula that mandated annual military pay raises be set 0.5 percentage points above average annual hikes in civilian wages noted by the Labor Department's Employment Cost Index. Another factor narrowing this gap has been five years of targeted raises.




2015 U.S. Military Basic Pay Charts

December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act into law. The one percent military pay raise for all pay grades O-6 and below will be effective January 1, 2015. Pay is frozen at 2014 levels for pay grades O-7 through O-10.

The Guard and Reserve figures are below the active duty charts.

Active Duty Enlisted Basic Military Pay Chart 2015

Monthly basic pay amounts are rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar and are for the active components of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Enlisted basic pay chart less than 2 to over 6 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Less than 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
E-7 2780 3034 3150 3304 3424
E-6 2405 2646 2762 2876 2994
E-5 2203 2351 2464 2581 2762
E-4 2020 2123 2238 2351 2452
E-3 1823 1938 2055 2055 2055
E-2 1734 1734 1734 1734 1734
E-1 1547 1547 1547 1547 1547
E-1
Less than 4 months
1431  

Enlisted basic pay chart over 8 to over 16 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
E-9   4885 4996 5135 5299
E-8 3999 4176 4285 4417 4559
E-7 3631 3747 3954 4125 4242
E-6 3261 3365 3565 3627 3672
E-5 2952 3107 3126 3126 3126
E-4 2452 2452 2452 2452 2452
E-3 2055 2055 2055 2055 2055
E-2 1734 1734 1734 1734 1734
E-1 1547 1547 1547 1547 1547

 

Enlisted basic pay chart over 18 to over 26 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
E-9 5465 5730 5955 6191 6552
E-8 4815 4945 5166 5289 5591
E-7 4367 4415 4578 4665 4996
E-6 3724 3724 3724 3724 3724
E-5 3126 3126 3126 3126 3126
E-4 2452 2452 2452 2452 2452
E-3 2055 2055 2055 2055 2055
E-2 1734 1734 1734 1734 1734
E-1 1547 1547 1547 1547 1547

 

Enlisted basic pay chart over 30 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 30Over 34Over 38Over 40
E-9 6879 7223 7585 Make room
E-8 5704 5704 5704 Retire!!
Active Duty Officer Basic Military Pay Chart 2015

Monthly basic pay amounts are rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar and are for the active components of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer

Officer basic pay chart for under 2 years to 6 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
O-8 9946 10272 10488 10549 10819
O-7 8264 8649 8826 8967 9223
O-6 6187 6797 7243 7243 7270
O-5 5157 5810 6212 6288 6539
O-4 4450 5152 5495 5572 5891
O-3 3913 4435 4787 5219 5469
O-2 3381 3850 4434 4584 4678
O-1 2934 3054 3692 3692 3692
O-3E   5219 5469
O-2E   4584 4678
O-1E   3692 3942
Warrant Officers
 Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
W-4 4044 4349 4474 4597 4809
W-3 3692 3846 4004 4056 4221
W-2 3267 3576 3672 3737 3949
W-1 2868 3176 3260 3435 3643

 

Officer basic pay chart for 8 years to 16 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
O-8 11269 11374 11802 11925 12293
O-7 9476 9768 10059 10351 11269
O-6 7582 7623 7623 8057 8823
O-5 6689 7019 7261 7574 8054
O-4 6233 6659 6991 7221 7353
O-3 5744 5922 6213 6365 6365
O-2 4678 4678 4678 4678 4678
O-1 3692 3692 3692 3692 3692
 
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 5744 5922 6213 6459 6601
O-2E 4828 5079 5273 5418 5418
O-1E 4088 4237 4384 4584 4584
Warrant Officers
 Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
W-4 5018 5230 5549 5828 6094
W-3 4547 4885 5045 5229 5420
W-2 4278 4441 4602 4799 4952
W-1 3948 4091 4290 4487 4641

 

Officer basic pay chart for 18 years to 26 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
O-10
See Note 1
  16072 16151 16487 17072
O-9   14057 14260 14552 15062
O-8 12827 13319 13647 13647 13647
O-7 12044 12044 12044 12044 12105
O-6
See Note 2
9272 9721 9977 10236 10738
O-5 8281 8506 8762 8762 8762
O-4 7430 7430 7430 7430 7430
O-3 6365 6365 6365 6365 6365
O-2 4678 4678 4678 4678 4678
O-1 3692 3692 3692 3692 3692
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 6793 6793 6793 6793 6793
O-2E 5418 5418 5418 5418 5418
O-1E 4584 4584 4584 4584 4584
Warrant Officers
 Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
W-5   7189 7554 7826 8127
W-4 6312 6524 6836 7092 7384
W-3 5762 5992 6131 6278 6477
W-2 5091 5257 5367 5454 5454
W-1 4783 4956 4956 4956 4956

 

Officer basic pay chart for over 30 years of service.

Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 30Over 34Over 38Over 40
O-10 17925 18821 19763 Time for
O-9 15816 16607 17437 Retirement!
O-8 13989 14339 14339 Retire!!
O-7 12348 12348 12348 Retire!!
O-6 10953 10953 10953 Retire!!
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 30Over 34Over 38Over 40
W-5 8533 8960 9408 Make room
W-4 7532 7532 7532 you're old!!

NOTE 1. Commissioned officers in pay grades O-7 through O-10 during calendar year 2015 will be frozen at 2014 levels and capped at the rate of pay for level II of the Executive Schedule that was in effect during 2014.

NOTE 2. O-6 and below is limited by level V of the ES.

The basic pay charts are in monthly dollar amounts; however, active duty military pay is essentially split and paid in two installments; once on the 1st and the second on the 15th of the month. If the 1st or 15th fall on a weekend or national holiday, then the payday would be the first working day prior.

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Note: E pay scale is Enlisted, W scale is Warrant Officer, O scale is Commissioned Officer.
Effective January 1, 2015.


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