Active Duty Enlisted Basic Military Pay Charts 2017

Enlisted Military Pay Charts 2017

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The enlisted personnel of all branches of service will receive a 1.6% military pay raise for all pay grades and will be effective January 1, 2017. Base pay is the same across all service branches and is based on rank and time in service, with pay raises according to years of creditable service. There are two distinct career paths in the military: Commissioned Officers and Enlisted. 

Each military service has its own names for the various enlisted ranks (Navy and Coast Guard are the same), but they share the same ranking scales and base pay regardless of their MOS or job.

 However, many jobs in the military offer specialty pays and bonuses.  These charts do not reflect the different specialty pays that are available within the military branches.  Most enlisted members enter the military at the lowest pay grade (E-1) and climb the pay scale to higher positions with greater pay. Enlisted pay grades range from E-1 through E-9 ("E" represents Enlisted).

To gain the pay advantages of a Commissioned Officer, some enter the military with a higher education degree and begin their military careers through one of the Officer Candidate Schools; some are high school graduates who attend a service academy or a civilian college while participating in an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program. There are other enlisted to officer commissioning programs as well such as Warrant Officer programs as well as Limited Duty Officer. Neither require advanced education after high school, but have restrictions to command level billets as they increase in time and rank.


Military members receive a monthly base pay which is based on their rank and time in service. Active duty members receive full-time pay, while guard an reserve members (who are not on active duty) receive part-time pay, or drill pay, depending on the number of drills they perform each month. Military pay is subject to income taxes unless it is earned in a designated combat zone.

All branches of the U.S. military receive the same amount of base pay. This military pay chart can be used to determine Air Force pay, Army pay, Coast Guard pay, Marine pay and/or Navy pay.

The military maintains various other pays that are not included as part of the pay tables below. Additionally, there are certain allowances provided such as Clothing Allowance, Basic Allowance for Housing and Cost of Living Allowance.  These allowances are no taxed as they are not considered pay but allowances to live and subside within the military. On the other hand, there are other pays that are taxes and again are not reflected in the pay charts below.  These include such pays as Dive Pay, Jump Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay (aka Combat Pay), Submarine Pay,Flight Pay, Sera Duty Pay, and of course special professionals pay for lawyers, doctors, nurses.

The basic pay charts below are for Enlisted Members of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for the calendar year 2017, beginning January 1st as approved. The pay rates are monthly amounts rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar. The pays are the same military wide and only increase by acts of Congress typically annually with cost of living allowances (CoLA).

Every few years, there are actual pay increase for the entire military that have nothing to do with the increase in inflation, but more for keeping and recruiting more military members with higher salaries and benefits. 

               Active Duty Enlisted Basic Military Pay Charts 2017


Enlisted Monthly basic pay chart less than 2 to over 6 years of service.
Pay Grade                                  Years of Service
2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6



Enlisted Monthly basic pay chart over 8 to over 16 years of service.
Pay Grade                                  Years of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
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Enlisted basic pay chart over 18 to over 26 years of service.
Pay Grade                                     Years of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26


Enlisted basic pay chart over 30 years of service.
Pay Grade                      Years of Service
Over 30Over 34Over 38Over 40