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2017 Military Pay Charts
Check out the 2017 US military pay scale charts for all ranks for active duty, as well as Reserve and Guard components.
COLA for Retired Pay
Each year military retirees receive a Cost of Living Adjustment to their retirement pay. The increase is based on inflation rates.
Military Reserve Retirement
National Guard & Reserve members who complete a minimum 20 qualifying years of service become eligible for retired pay at age 60.
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Military Pay Charts
Update: The 2.1 percent pay raise for 2017 has been passed into law.
Military pay will see a 2.1 percent increase for 2017, compared to 2016 levels. The military pay tables below apply to active members of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
The calculator above (and related tables below) reflect 2017 monthly pay based on the 2.1 percent pay raise, which is effective as of January 1, 2017. This pay increase will be reflected in your January 15 paycheck.
Factors That Affect Military Pay
- The Annual Pay Raise
- Longevity raises virtually every 2 years (based on the number of years in service)
- Number of Drill Periods (Guard and Reserve only)
- Basic Allowance for Housing Increases: BAH (based on location)
- Basic Allowance for Subsistence Increases: BAS
- Cost of Living Allowance Increases: COLA (based on location)
- And Special Pay(s) (based on occupations: Language Skills, Combat, Flight, Hazardous Duty)
2017 Military Pay Charts:
2017 Active Duty Pay Charts
2017 Drill Pay Charts
To calculate your complete military pay, including base pay, BAH and other special pays, use the Military Pay Calculator.
Prior Pay Charts:
2016 Active Duty Pay Charts
2016 Drill Pay Charts
2015 Active Duty Pay Charts
2015 Drill Pay Charts
2014 Active Duty Pay Charts
2014 Reserve/Guard Pay Charts
2013 Active Duty Pay Charts
2013 Reserve/Guard Pay Charts
2012 Active Duty Military Pay Chart
2012 Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Charts
Historical Pay Charts Dating Back to 1949
Military Pay And Allowances
Military Salary - Pay Overview
The military compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay and allowances -- that's a lot to keep track of.
Reserve Pay Overview
If you're serving in the Reserves, you receive regular drill pay and other pay benefits.
National Guard Pay Overview
If you're serving as a member of the National Guard, you're eligible for regular drill pay and might qualify for some special pays
Military Retired Pay Overview
The military retirement system is arguably the best one around, but proper planning is needed to ensure you can retire comfortably
Historical Military Pay Rates
The Defense Finance Accounting and Service (DFAS) maintains an archive of historical pay charts dating back to 1949.
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