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U.S. Military Pay History

Visual graph tracking the year-over-year pay percentage rates of the United States armed services.

U.S. Military Pay History

Visual graph tracking the year-over-year pay percentage rates of the United States armed services.

OVERVIEW

The United States military pay system is designed to keep up with private sector inflation. The following chart shows its relative growth (in percentage) on a year-over-year (since 2000) basis. Each bar is color-coded to differentiate presidential administrations. Go back to the military pay scales index or view the latest U.S. military pay scale.
Clinton Administration
Bush2 Administration
Obama Administration
Trump Administration
2000
4.8%
2001
3.7%
2002
6.9%
2003
4.7%
2004
4.2%
2005
3.5%
2006
3.1%
2007
4.6%
2008
3.5%
2009
3.9%
2010
3.4%
2011
1.4%
2012
1.6%
2013
1.7%
2014
1%
2015
1%
2016
1.3%
2017
2.1%
2018
2.1%
2019
2.6%


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