Below is the 2012 Military Pay Scale chart rates (1.6% raise) for all branches of service of the United States military. Enlisted personnel are "E" grades ranging from E-1 to E-9. For those service branches recognizing a Warrant Officer rank (the United States Air Force does not), "W" grades range W-1 to W-5. Officers are scaled as O-1 to O-10. For those grades with the symbols *, **, ***, or † please see corresponding notes at the bottom of this page. NOTE: Pay is shown as monthly without any benefits or bonuses added. Past charts are available on our Military Pay Chart index page spanning from 2001 to Present.
* Basic pay for an O-7 to O-10 is limited by Level II of the Executive Schedule which is $14,975.10. Basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by Level V of the Executive Schedule which is $12,141.60.
** While serving as Chairman, Joint Chief/Vice Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff, Chief of Navy Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Army / Air Force Chief of Staff, Commander of a unified or specified combatant command, basic pay is $20,587.80. (See note * above).
*** Applicable to O-1 to O-3 with at least 4 years and 1 day of active duty or more than 1460 points as a warrant and/or enlisted member. See Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations for more detailed explanation on who is eligible for this special basic pay rate.
† For the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Army or Marine Corps or Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS, basic pay is $7,609.50. Combat Zone Tax Exclusion for O-1 and above is based on this basic pay rate plus Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay which is $225.00.
5) Applicable to E-1 with 4 months or more active duty. Basic pay for an E-1 with less than 4 months of active duty is $1,378.80.
6) Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets / Midshipmen and ROTC members / applicants is $990.00.
Additional Notes: Bear in mind that the American military maintains various other pay "modifiers" that are not included as part of the pay tables above. These include Hazardous Duty, Imminent Danger Pay (otherwise known as Combat Pay), Submarine Duty Pay among others. Additionally, there are certain allowances provided such as Clothing Allowance, Basic Allowance for Housing and Cost-of-Living (CoL) Allowance. Though we attempt to keep this page up-to-date with each coming year, the product is presented "as is". www.MilitaryFactory.com does not represent an official / endorsed United States Department of Defense (DoD) source.