Active Duty Officer Basic Military Pay Chart 2015

U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Love

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.

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. The pay scales for each reflect their degrees responsibility.

Each military service has its own names for the various enlisted ranks (Navy and Coast Guard are the same). 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.

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.

he 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.

The basic pay charts below are for Active Duty Officers of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for the calender year 2015, beginning January 1st as approved. The pay rates are monthly amounts rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar.


                  Active Duty Officer Basic Military Pay Charts 2015


Officer basic pay chart for under 2 years to 6 years of service.
Pay Grade                               Years of Service
Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 52195469
O-2E 45844678


Officer basic pay chart for 8 years to 16 years of service.
Pay Grade                               Years of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer


Officer basic pay chart for 18 years to 26 years of service.
Pay Grade                             Years of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
O-10 16072161511648717072
See Note 1
O-9 14057142601455215062
See Note 2
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer


Officer basic pay chart for over 30 years of service.
Pay Grade               Years of Service
Over 30Over 34Over 38Over 40
O-10179251882119763Time for


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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