BASIC PAY for Active Duty Soldiers —EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2014
Chart reflects Basic Pay only and does NOT include bonuses, allowances and other benefits.
|<2 Years Exp.||4 Years||6 Years|
|Private First Class(E3)||$21,664.80||$24,418.80||$24,418.80|
|Specialist or Corporal (E4)||$23,994||$27,936||$29,127.60|
|Staff Sergeant (E6)||$28,569.60||$34,171.20||$35,578.80|
|<2 Years Exp.||4 Years||6 Years|
|Second Lieutenant (O1)||$34,862.40||$43,866||$43,866|
|First Lieutenant (O2)||$40,165.20||$54,464.40||$55,587.60|
BONUSES: EARNING EXTRA MONEY
In addition to Basic Pay and Drill Pay, Soldiers have many opportunities to earn additional money in the Army. These one-time Army bonuses are available if you choose a specific Army job, complete special training, take on extra responsibilities or have served in the military before.
ACTIVE DUTY ENLISTMENT BONUS
Qualified Active Duty recruits may be eligible for a combination of bonuses, up to $40,000.
ARMY RESERVE ENLISTMENT BONUSES
Qualified Army Reserve recruits may be eligible for a combination of bonuses, up to $20,000.
35P CRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST BONUS
Soldiers that enlist in the 35P Cryptologic Linguist MOS may be eligible for a $20,000 bonus.
QUICK SHIP BONUS (QSB)
Soldiers enlisting into certain MOS’s may be eligible for a quick ship bonus. The following MOS’s are eligible for a quick-ship bonus of $6,000, if the Soldier leaves by 22 May 2014:
25N Nodal Network Systems Opertor-Maintainer
25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer
25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer
CIVILIAN SKILLS BONUS
Qualified applicants who possess civilian skills that the Army needs, like a proficiency in certain foreign languages, may be eligible for up to $15,000 bonus.
Qualified Army Reserve applicants who already have civilian skills that the Army Reserve needs, and enlist for six years in a critical skill specialty, may be eligible for a $20,000 bonus.
SPECIAL FORCES BONUS
Qualified Soldiers who enlist as an 18X Special Forces Candidate may be eligible to receive up to a $40,000 bonus after successfully completing Special Forces training.
Qualified Soldiers are eligible to receive a $10,000 bonus after completion of the Ranger Indoctrination program, and reporting to their first permanent duty station in the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Soldiers that enlist with Airborne may qualify for a bonus of up to $10,000.
ARMY RESERVE OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL BONUS
Up to $10,000 bonus payable upon successful completion of OCS training and commissioning for selected branches.
Learn More about Officer Candidate School
MIDDLE EASTERN TRANSLATOR AIDE BONUS
Individuals who speak certain Middle-Eastern languages and enlist as translator aides in the U.S. Army Selected Reserve may be eligible for an enlistment bonus. This cannot be combined with any other incentive.
ALLOWANCES: COVERING THE COST OF LIVING
In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides military allowances to offset the cost of living. Soldiers who live on an Army post receive military housing and meals for free. If your situation calls for you to live off post, the Army provides allowances for your housing and meals. Soldiers also receive allowances for clothing and official travel.
ARMY FOOD ALLOWANCE
The Basic Allowance for Subsistence is used to pay for food for enlisted Soldiers and officers authorized to eat off post. Most Soldiers who qualify for this Army food allowance receive more than $200 per month.
ARMY HOUSING ALLOWANCE
The Basic Allowance for Housing offsets the cost of housing when Soldiers live off post. BAH rates are based on location, rank and family status. This Army housing allowance is the second-largest piece of compensation for most Soldiers.
ARMY CLOTHING ALLOWANCE
Enlisted Soldiers receive an annual Army clothing allowance to replace uniforms and uniform decorations. For jobs that require civilian clothes, the military provides a civilian clothing allowance.
ARMY COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE
Soldiers assigned to high-cost locations in the continental U.S. and overseas are paid a Cost of Living Allowance. This Army COLA offsets the higher costs of food, transportation, clothing and other nonhousing items. Higher housing costs are covered separately by the Basic Allowance for Housing.
ARMY MOVING ALLOWANCE
The Army pays a moving allowance for the transportation of household goods during a permanent change-of-station move. In addition, a Temporary Lodging Allowance covers the cost of temporary housing at the beginning and end of a move. To further offset moving costs, a Dislocation Allowance is also granted for permanent change-of-station moves.
FAMILY SEPARATION ALLOWANCE
Soldiers assigned or deployed to locations where the military will not move families receive an Army Family Separation Allowance of $250 per month to cover expenses incurred during a Soldier’s separation from their family. Soldiers are also entitled to the allowance if their families are unable to accompany them overseas due to medical reasons.
SPECIAL PAY: FOR SPECIAL DUTIES & SKILLS
In addition to Basic Pay, there are many types of Army special duty pay for Soldiers and officers with special skills or duties that carry extra responsibility or risk.
SPECIAL DUTY PAY
Special duty pay is for enlisted Soldiers in jobs that demand extra responsibility or extraordinary effort. Examples of these jobs include parachuting instructors, fuel specialists and combat controllers. Monthly amounts range from $75 to $450.
HARDSHIP DUTY PAY
Hardship duty pay is additional compensation for Army Soldiers assigned to locations where living conditions are substantially below conditions in the continental United States. Soldiers who serve 30 or more days in a designated hardship area receive $50, $100 or $150 per month, depending on the area.
Foreign Language Proficiency Pay
The Army pays up to $1,000 per month to active duty Soldiers and offers a $6,000 per year bonus for qualified Army Reserve Soldiers who have been certified within the past 12 months to be proficient in a foreign language critical to the military and maintain their ability to read, speak and understand it.
Flight pay rewards Army pilots, navigators and other aviators for their service and duty. Many career enlisted flyers are eligible for Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay. Non-pilots aboard military aircraft who are not already drawing flight pay qualify for aircrew pay from $150 to $400 a month. Army officers who hold or are in training for an aeronautical rating or designation and who remain in aviation service on a career basis qualify for incentive pay from $125 to $840 a month. Officer aviators who remain on active duty after their initial service commitment ends are eligible for up to $12,000 extra per year.
SPECIAL PAY FOR MEDICAL AND DENTAL OFFICERS & HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Special pay for medical and dental personnel helps narrow the gap between Army and civilian salaries for medical professionals. A variety of programs reward medical professionals who have various certifications, specialties and experience.
DIVING DUTY & SEA PAY
The risks associated with diving merit special pay. The maximum extra pay of $340 a month goes to enlisted divers and up to $240 a month payable to officers. Sea pay offsets the hardships of sea duty. Depending on service and years at sea, enlisted Soldiers receive $50 to $646 a month; officers $150 to $380; warrant officers $182 to $730. Officers do not receive sea pay until they spend more than three years on shipboard assignments. Enlisted Soldiers are eligible upon reaching the pay grade of E-4, regardless of time spent at sea.