2018 Military Pay Charts – Officer and Enlisted Members Receive a 2.4% Raise

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Military members received a 2.4% pay raise in 2018, a nice increase across the board from the 2017 pay rates. The 2.4% pay raise was the largest since 2010. The pay tables on this page went into effect on January 1, 2018, and were reflected in the first mid-month paycheck, which was sent out on January 15, 2018.

Military members are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month unless that date is on a weekend or holiday. In that case, they are paid in the preceding business day.

The following military pay charts cover all military members who fall under the Uniformed Services. This includes officers and enlisted members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and the Reserve Components (Air National Guard, Army National Guard, and the Reserves for each branch of service). Other uniformed services include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA) and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS).

2018 Pay Charts – Enlisted Members (E1 – E9)

Military members are paid based on their pay grade (rank) and years of service. The following military pay charts are broken into several sections to make it easier to read. Simply find your pay grade and years of service.

2018 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10
E-9(*3)------5,173.80
E-8-----4,235.404,422.60
E-72,944.203,213.303,336.603,499.203,626.703,845.103,968.40
E-62,546.402,802.302,925.903,046.203,171.603,453.603,563.70
E-52,332.802,490.002,610.302,733.302,925.303,125.703,290.70
E-42,139.002,248.502,370.302,490.602,596.502,596.502,596.50
E-31,931.102,052.302,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.80
E-21,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.30
E-1> 4 mos1,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.30
E-1< 4 mos1,514.70

2018 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay GradeOver 12Over 14Over 16Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
E-9(*3)5,290.805,439.005,612.405,788.206,068.706,306.606,556.206,939.00
E-84,538.704,677.304,828.205,099.705,237.405,471.705,601.905,921.70
E-74,186.804,368.904,493.104,625.104,676.104,848.304,940.405,291.40
E-63,776.703,841.503,888.903,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.10
E-53,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.50
E-42,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.50
E-32,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.80
E-21,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.30
E-11,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.30

2018 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay GradeOver 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38Over 40
E-9(*3)6,939.007,285.507,285.507,650.007,650.008,033.108,033.10
E-85,921.706,040.506,040.506,040.506,040.506,040.506,040.50
E-75,291.405,291.405,291.405,291.405,291.405,291.405,291.40
E-63,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.103,944.10
E-53,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.503,310.50
E-42,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.502,596.50
E-32,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.802,176.80
E-21,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.301,836.30
E-11,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.301,638.30

Footnotes for Enlisted Pay

Basic pay for senior enlisted member (grade E-9) is $8,361.00 regardless of years of service while serving as:

  • a. Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff;
  • b. Sergeant Major of the Army;
  • c. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy;
  • d. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force;
  • e. Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps;
  • f. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard; or
  • g. Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

2018 Pay Charts – Officers (O1 – O10), Prior Enlisted Officers (O1E – O3E), and Warrant Officers (W1 – W5)

Commissioned officers have three separate pay scales which may apply: Officers, Prior Enslited Officers (those with more than 4 years of active duty service prior to Commissioning), and Warrant Officers.

There are additional footnotes after the pay scales which provide additional information for tax-exempt combat pay, qualifications for Prior Enlisted Officer pay, and limitations for senior officer pay.

2018 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10
O-10-------
O-9-------
O-810,398.6010,739.4010,965.6011,028.6011,310.9011,781.9011,891.40
O-78,640.609,041.709,227.709,375.309,642.609,906.9010,212.30
O-66,552.307,198.507,671.007,671.007,700.408,030.408,073.90
O-55,462.406,153.606,579.006,659.406,925.507,084.207,434.00
O-44,713.005,455.505,820.005,900.706,238.506,601.207,052.70
O-34,143.904,697.105,069.705,527.805,793.006,083.406,271.20
O-23,580.504,077.904,696.204,854.904,955.104,955.104,955.10
O-13,107.703,234.903,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.20
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10
O-3E---5,527.805,793.006,083.406,271.20
O-2E---4,854.904,955.105,112.605,379.00
O-1E---3,910.204,175.404,329.904,487.70
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10
W-5-------
W-44,282.504,606.504,738.504,868.705,092.805,314.505,539.20
W-33,910.804,073.704,240.804,296.004,470.604,815.305,174.10
W-23,460.503,787.803,888.603,957.604,182.304,530.904,703.70
W-13,037.503,364.503,452.403,638.103,857.704,181.704,332.60

2018 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 12 Years – 26 Years

Officer Pay TableOver 12Over 14Over 16Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
O-10----15,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.10
O-9----14,696.4014,908.8015,214.5015,747.60
O-812,339.0012,467.4012,852.9013,410.9013,925.1014,268.3014,268.3014,268.30
O-710,516.8010,822.2011,781.9012,591.9012,591.9012,591.9012,591.9012,656.40
O-68,073.908,532.609,343.809,819.9010,295.7010,566.6010,841.1011,372.40
O-57,690.808,022.308,529.608,770.509,009.309,280.209,280.209,280.20
O-47,403.707,647.607,788.007,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.30
O-36,580.206,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.60
O-24,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.10
O-13,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.20
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay GradeOver 12Over 14Over 16Over 18Over 20Over 23Over 24Over 26
O-3E6,580.206,840.906,990.907,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.60
O-2E5,584.805,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.10
O-1E4,642.804,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.90
Warrant Officers
Pay GradeOver 12Over 14Over 16Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
W-5----7,614.608,000.708,288.408,606.70
W-45,876.406,172.506,454.206,684.906,909.607,239.907,511.107,820.70
W-35,343.305,538.905,739.906,102.306,346.806,492.906,648.306,860.10
W-24,873.805,082.005,244.605,391.905,568.305,684.105,775.905,775.90
W-14,543.804,751.704,915.505,065.805,248.805,248.805,248.805,248.80

2018 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 28 Years – 40 Years

Officer Pay TableOver 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38Over 40
O-1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.10
O-915,747.6015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.1015,800.10
O-814,268.3014,625.6014,625.6014,991.0014,991.0014,991.0014,991.00
O-712,656.4012,909.6012,909.6012,909.6012,909.6012,909.6012,909.60
O-611,372.4011,599.8011,599.8011,599.8011,599.8011,599.8011,599.80
O-59,280.209,280.209,280.209,280.209,280.209,280.209,280.20
O-47,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.307,869.30
O-36,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.606,741.60
O-24,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.104,955.10
O-13,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.203,910.20
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay GradeOver 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38Over 40
O-3E7,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.607,194.60
O-2E5,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.105,738.10
O-1E4,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.904,854.90
Warrant Officers
Pay GradeOver 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38Over 40
W-58,606.709,037.809,037.809,489.009,489.009,964.209,964.20
W-47,820.707,976.707,976.707,976.707,976.707,976.707,976.70
W-36,860.106,860.106,860.106,860.106,860.106,860.106,860.10
W-25,775.905,775.905,775.905,775.905,775.905,775.905,775.90
W-15,248.805,248.805,248.805,248.805,248.805,248.805,248.80

Footnotes for Officer Pay:

  1. Academy Cadets & Midshipmen: Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $1,087.80.
  2. Combat Zone Tax Exclusion: The amount of the maximum combat zone tax exclusion in effect for a qualifying month equals the sum of the basic pay for the senior enlisted member (grade E-9) payable (Basic Pay – Enlisted, Note 3) and the amount of hostile fire or imminent danger pay actually payable to the officer for the qualifying month.
  3. Limitations of Basic Pay for Senior Ranking Officers: Basic pay is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2018, which is $15,800.10 per month for officers at pay grades O-7 through O-10.  This includes officers serving as:
    • Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;
    • Chief of Staff of the Army;
    • Chief of Naval Operations;
    • Chief of Staff of the Air Force;
    • Commandant of the Marine Corps;
    • Commandant of the Coast Guard;
    • Chief of the National Guard Bureau; or
    • Commander of a unified or specified combatant command (as defined in 10 U.S.C. 161(c)).
  4. Basic pay for pay grades O-6 and below is limited to the rate of basic pay for Level V of the Executive Schedule during calendar year 2018, which is $12,816.60.
  5. Prior Enlisted Officers: O-1, O-2, and O-3 rates do not apply to commissioned officers who have been credited with over 4 years (i.e., at least 4 years and 1 day) of active duty service as an enlisted member or as a warrant officer or as both an enlisted member and a warrant officer.
  6. These rates or, when applicable, the O-1E rates in Basic Pay – Officers (O1, O2, and O3) with more than 4 years of creditable service apply during periods of active service while as a DOM student of the USUHS.

Prior Enlisted Officer Pay Qualifications

Prior enlisted officers may be eligible for a higher pay rate based on time in service and other criteria. The pay scale offers the following note:

*Applicable to O-1 to O-3 with at least four years & one day of active duty or more than 1460 points as a warrant and/or enlisted member. See Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations (DoDFMR) for more detailed explanation on who is eligible for this special basic pay rate.

You can find the military pay charts from previous years here.



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