Military Pay Chart

Military Pay Chart 2021

The White House proposed a 3.0% pay increase for the military service personnel. If this were to pass by the Congress, it will be the first time in a decade the military pay raise is 3.0% and over. While the military pay raise is proposed to be 3.0%, the pay raise for federal employees is 1.0%.

This means the total defense budget for FY 2021 is $740 billion. In comparison, the FY 2020 defense budget was $738 billion. However, only a large portion of it makes up the base budget. The 2020 base defense budget was $665 billion. In 2021, the proposed base defense budget is $671. Since a portion of it makes up the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), the military as a whole will get $6 billion more in funds.

Pay Charts With 3.0% Increase

Enlisted Personnel

Grade2 years or less2 years+3 years+4 years+6 years+8 years+
E-1 <4 months$1.650
E-1 >4 months$1,784$1,784$1,784$1,784$1,784$1,784
E-2$1,943$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001$2,001
E-3$2,104$2,236$2,372$2,372$2,372$2,372
E-4$2,263$2,449$2,582$2,714$2,829$2,829
E-5$2,542$2,713$2,843$2,977$3,187$3,187
E-6$2,774$3,052$3,187$3,318$3,455$3,661
E-7$3,207$3,500$3,635$3,812$3,951$3,951

Warrant Officers

Grade2 years or less2 years+3 years+4 years+6 years+8 years+
W-1$3.309$3.665$3.761$3.963$4.203$4.555
W-2$3.770$4.127$4.236$4.312$4.556$4.936
W-3$4.261$4.438$4.620$4.680$4.870$5.246
W-4$4.665$5.019$5.162$5.304$5.548$5.790
W-5

Commissioned Officers

Grade2 years or less2 years+3 years+4 years+6 years+8 years+10 years+
O-1$3,385$3,524$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260
O-2$3,901$5,398
O-3$4,514$5,271$5,688$6,022$6,311$6.628$6,833
O-4$5,134$5,944$6,340$6,429$6,796$7.192$7,683
O-5$5,951$6,704$7,167$7,255$7,545$7.718$8,099
O-6$7,138$7,843$8,357$8,357$8,389$8.749$8,797
O-7$9,414$9,851$10,053$10,214$10,506$10,794$11.,27
O-8$11,330$12,956
O-9
O-10

12+ years to 22+ years

Grade12 years+14 years+16 years+18 years+20 years+22 years+
O-1$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260$4,260
O-2$5,398$5,398$5,398$5,398$5,398$5,398
O-3$7,169$7,344$7,344$7,344$7,344$7,344
O-4$8,066$8,332$8,485$8,573$8,573$8,573
O-5$8,379$8,740$9,293$9,556$9,815$10,111
O-6$8,797$9,296$10,180$10,699$11,217$11,512
O-7$11,458$11,791$12,836$13,719$13,719$13,719
O-8$13,443$13,583$14,003$14,611$15,171$15,545
O-9$16,012$16,244
O-10$16,935$16,935

The pay raise certainly means a lot to most of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel. The 3.0% pay raise surely sounds great especially compared to what federal civilian workers get. Learn more about the GS Pay Scale 2021.

Military Benefits Continue in 2021

Aside from getting a pay raise every year, military service members get a lot in benefits. this includes the Basic Allowance for Housing where those who are not living on base or in a government-provided housing get extra cash to supplement their housing expenses. Also known as BAH is what military personnel get in extra for housing.

As for the BAH amount, it depends on rank, dependents, and where they are currently based. Learn more about Basic Allowance for Housing.

The military service members also get bonuses during the course of the year based on their performance. While there are plenty of financial awards they can get, it surely continues even after they retire. There are many retirement options for military service personnel. With all this said and having lots of social benefits while outside of duty, being a part of the U.S. Armed Forces certainly comes with financial perks.

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