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2024 Military Pay Charts for Enlisted, Officers, and Warrant Officers

The 5.2% pay raise for military members, said to be the largest in two decades, took effect on 1 January 2024. That pay raise is part of what some sources call “the largest Defense Department budget ever” with more than $840 billion requested for the Pentagon in 2024.

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Does the 2024 Military Pay Raise Affect Military Retirement Pay or Federal Civilian Employee Pay?

No. Defense.gov says these military pay increases set to the ECI do not “necessarily pertain to Federal civilian employees. The same applies to military retirees, who do not get pay raises but have Cost of Living Adjustments or COLA. Annual COLA is calculated using the Consumer Price Index.

2024 Military Pay Charts: Enlisted Military Pay Charts by Pay Grade

Enlisted service members are those without a four-year degree or a commission. The military typically accepts enlisted members who have completed high school, and who may or may not have completed some college. Enlisted troops are responsible for the day-to-day execution of military orders, plans, and objectives. Enlisted military pay starts in boot camp and is subject to annual increases based on inflation, time in grade, and time in military service.

Enlisted Pay Chart 2024: E-1 – E-3

Enlisted military members between E1 and E3 are commonly known as junior enlisted troops. These are the ranks people typically begin military service in and each branch of service has its own name for an E1 through E3. For example, in the Army and Marine Corps, an E1 is a Private.

In the Air Force, an E1 is an Airman Basic. In the Navy, an E1 is a Seaman Recruit, and after four months, they earn a small pay raise and become a Seaman Apprentice while remaining an E1. Those in Space Force are Specialists as E1s.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

E-1 with less than 4 months = $1,783.14

YearsE-1E-2E-3
< 2$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,377.51
Over 2$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,527.05
Over 3$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 4$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 6$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 8$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 10$2,017.35 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 12$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 14$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 16$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 18$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 20$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 22$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 24$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 26$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 28$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 30$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 32$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 34$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 36$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 38$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22
Over 40$2,017.23 $2,260.98 $2,680.22

Enlisted Pay Chart 2024: E-4 – E-6

Enlisted ranks between E4 and E6 are considered midlevel management, and similar to the junior enlisted grades, each branch of military service has a different idea of what an E4 through E6 means. In the Army an E4 may be a Specialist or a Corporal. Space Force E4s are also called Specialists. In the Navy, an E4 is a Petty Officer 3rd Class, and in the Air Force, an E4 is a Senior Airman.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsE-4E-5E-6
< 2$2,633.68 $2,872.35 $3,135.45
Over 2$2,768.37 $3,065.80 $3,450.39
Over 3$2,918.24 $3,214.03 $3,602.90
Over 4$3,066.46 $3,365.55 $3,750.80
Over 6$3,197.19 $3,601.91 $3,904.96
Over 8$3,197.19 $3,848.84 $4,252.25
Over 10$3,197.19 $4,051.86 $4,387.92
Over 12$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,649.70
Over 14$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,729.93
Over 16$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,788.03
Over 18$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 20$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 22$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 24$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 26$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 28$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 30$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 32$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 34$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 36$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 38$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36
Over 40$3,197.19 $4,076.29 $4,856.36

 

Enlisted Pay Chart 2024: E-7 – E-9

E7 through E9 ranks are senior enlisted positions. The Air Force and Space Force call their first senior enlisted grade (E7) a Master Sergeant, while the Marine Corps and Navy have Chief Petty Officers in the grade E7. A Marine Corps E7 is a Gunnery Sergeant. Each branch of service has its own traditions surrounding time in grade and military promotions, and there is more variation among senior enlisted ranks among the services.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsE-7E-8E-9
< 2$3,625.02 $5,214.87 $6,370.28
Over 2$3,956.46 $5,445.61 $6,514.87
Over 3$4,108.31 $5,588.23 $6,696.77
Over 4$4,308.36 $5,759.23 $6,910.36
Over 6$4,465.50 $5,944.76 $7,127.24
Over 8$4,734.55 $6,279.17 $7,472.21
Over 10$4,886.40 $6,448.84 $7,765.36
Over 12$5,155.44 $6,737.37 $8,072.70
Over 14$5,379.27 $6,897.48 $8,543.78
Over 16$5,532.11 $7,291.31 $8,543.78
Over 18$5,694.85 $7,291.31 $8,970.29
Over 20$5,757.91 $7,437.55 $8,970.29
Over 22$5,969.52 $7,437.55 $9,419.25
Over 24$6,083.07 $7,437.55 $9,419.25
Over 26$6,515.53 $7,437.55 $9,891.31
Over 28$6,515.53 $7,437.55 $9,891.31
Over 30$6,515.53 $7,437.55 $9,891.31
Over 32$6,515.53 $7,437.55$9,891.31
Over 34$6,515.53 $7,437.55$9,891.31
Over 36$6,515.53 $7,437.55$9,891.31
Over 38$6,515.53 $7,437.55$9,891.31
Over 40$6,515.53 $7,437.55$9,891.31

Warrant Officer Pay Chart

Warrant officers have a unique position in the Department of Defense. These are not enlisted troops; they function above enlisted soldiers and sailors. Merriam-Webster defines a warrant officer as “…an officer in the armed forces holding rank by virtue of a warrant and ranking above a noncommissioned officer and below a commissioned officer.”

Not all military branches have warrant officer positions. If you look at an Army Pay Chart from 2024, you’ll find Warrant Officer pay, but not if you look at an Air Force or Space Force military pay chart. Those two branches of the service don’t use warrant officers.

Warrant Officer Payscale: W-1 – W-3

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsW-1W-2W-3
< 2$3,739.90 $4,260.83 $4,815.75
Over 2$4,142.98 $4,663.91 $5,015.81
Over 3$4,250.92 $4,787.69 $5,222.13
Over 4$4,479.70 $4,873.20 $5,289.14
Over 6$4,749.73 $5,149.17 $5,504.38
Over 8$5,148.51 $5,578.66 $5,873.89
Over 10$5,334.16 $5,791.91 $6,370.61
Over 12$5,595.17 $6,001.21 $6,578.91
Over 14$5,851.00 $6,257.38 $6,819.90
Over 16$6,052.38 $6,457.77 $7,067.48
Over 18$6,237.57 $6,638.99 $7,513.80
Over 20$6,462.71 $6,856.21 $7,814.54
Over 22$6,462.71 $6,998.82 $7,994.79
Over 24$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,185.93
Over 26$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 28$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 30$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 32$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 34$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 36$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 38$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04
Over 40$6,462.71 $7,111.72 $8,447.04

 

Warrant Officer Payscale: W-4 – W-5

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsW-4W-5
< 2$5,272.97
Over 2$5,671.75
Over 3$5,834.50
Over 4$5,994.60
Over 6$6,270.58
Over 8$6,543.59
Over 10$6,820.23
Over 12$7,235.52
Over 14$7,599.96
Over 16$7,946.92
Over 18$8,231.15
Over 20$8,508.12 $9,375.67
Over 22$8,914.50 $9,851.04
Over 24$9,248.57 $10,205.59
Over 26$9,629.53 $10,597.10
Over 28$9,629.53 $10,597.10
Over 30$9,821.66 $11,127.93
Over 32$9,821.66 $11,127.93
Over 34$9,821.66 $11,683.52
Over 36$9,821.66 $11,683.52
Over 38$9,821.66 $12,268.82
Over 40$9,821.66 $12,268.82

Commissioned Officer Pay Scale

A commissioned officer has completed a 4-year degree program and has completed or will successfully complete officer training and advanced training in a military career field. Commissioned officers don’t use the enlisted pay chart; their training and experience is compensated at a higher level than enlisted troops. Officers may graduate from an ROTC program, from a traditional university, or from a military service academy before entering active service.

Commissioned Officers: O-1E – O-3E (w/ Prior Enlisted Experience)

Commissioned Officers in the grades of O1 through O3 are junior officers. The ranks are fairly typical (2nd Lieutenants, 1st Lieutenants, Captain), and the level of responsibility is relatively typical, too. The earliest years of an officer’s career are spent learning both what it means to be an officer and what it means to lead ina specific military specialty or career field. “Prior enlisted” simply means the officer had a previous military career as an enlisted member.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsO-1EO-2EO-3E
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4$4,814.92 $5,978.13 $6,806.38
Over 6$5,141.40 $6,091.03 $7,132.87
Over 8$5,331.26 $6,295.13 $7,490.55
Over 10$5,525.84 $6,622.82 $7,721.79
Over 12$5,716.32 $6,876.68 $8,102.07
Over 14$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,423.28
Over 16$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,608.15
Over 18$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 20$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 22$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 24$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 26$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 28$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 30$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 32$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 34$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 36$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 38$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04
Over 40$5,978.10 $7,065.18 $8,859.04

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1 – O-3

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsO-1O-2O-3
< 2$3,826.40 $4,408.72 $5,101.97
Over 2$3,982.87 $5,020.75 $5,783.66
Over 3$4,814.76 $5,782.67 $6,241.86
Over 4$4,814.76 $5,978.10 $6,806.37
Over 6$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $7,132.85
Over 8$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $7,490.70
Over 10$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $7,721.79
Over 12$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,102.07
Over 14$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 16$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 18$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 20$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 22$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 24$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 26$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 28$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 30$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 32$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 34$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 36$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 38$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81
Over 40$4,814.76 $6,100.91 $8,300.81

 

Commissioned Officers: O-4 – O-6

O4 through O6 is midlevel management. Military officers at this point in their careers may be groomed for higher leadership roles; they may receive additional training, be designated as Field Grade officers, and move into managing their fellow junior officers in the workplace. O4 is typically a Major in the Air Force, Marine Corps, and  Army, and a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsO-4O-5O-6
< 2$5,803.14 $6,725.81 $8,068.07
Over 2$6,717.23 $7,576.53 $8,863.33
Over 3$7,166.19 $8,100.76 $9,444.99
Over 4$7,265.55 $8,199.46 $9,444.99
Over 6$7,681.50 $8,527.27 $9,481.31
Over 8$8,127.83 $8,722.70 $9,887.35
Over 10$8,684.07 $9,153.17 $9,941.49
Over 12$9,116.20 $9,469.76 $9,941.49
Over 14$9,416.61 $9,878.11 $10,506.32
Over 16$9,589.59 $10,502.03 $11,504.92
Over 18$9,689.28 $10,799.14 $12,091.21
Over 20$9,689.28 $11,092.94 $12,677.18
Over 22$9,689.28 $11,426.69 $13,010.60
Over 24$9,689.28 $11,426.69 $13,348.64
Over 26$9,689.28 $11,426.69 $14,002.93
Over 28$9,689.28 $11,426.69 $14,002.93
Over 30$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54
Over 32$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54
Over 34$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54
Over 36$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54
Over 38$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54
Over 40$9,689.28 $11,426.70 $14,282.54

 

Flag and General Officers: O-7 – O-8

Flag officers are the most senior in the United States military and typically have responsibilities far above and beyond daily operations. They are responsible for shaping the future of the force, creating policies and procedures to carry out the mission, and they must report to senior officials on the status and progress of these efforts. Flag officer ranks typically vary by service, but Admirals and Generals are typically considered flag officers.

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsO-7O-8
< 2$10,639.03 $12,803.61
Over 2$11,133.22 $13,218.06
Over 3$11,361.99 $13,501.81
Over 4$11,543.88 $13,579.38
Over 6$11,873.01 $13,926.67
Over 8$12,198.17 $14,506.69
Over 10$12,574.18 $14,642.04
Over 12$12,948.87 $15,192.67
Over 14$13,325.20 $15,351.46
Over 16$14,506.69 $15,825.84
Over 18$15,504.30 $16,512.81
Over 20$15,504.30 $17,145.64
Over 22$15,504.30 $17,568.53
Over 24$15,504.30 $17,568.53
Over 26$15,583.87 $17,568.53
Over 28$15,583.87 $17,568.53
Over 30$15,895.83 $18,008.58
Over 32$15,895.83 $18,008.58
Over 34$15,895.83 $18,458.19
Over 36$15,895.83 $18,458.19
Over 38$15,895.83 $18,458.19
Over 40$15,895.83 $18,458.19

 

Flag and General Officers: O-9 – O-10

2024 Military Pay Chart (5.2% Increase)

YearsO-9O-10
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4
Over 6
Over 8
Over 10
Over 12
Over 14
Over 16
Over 18
Over 20$18,095.73 $18,679.05
Over 22$18,357.18 $18,679.05
Over 24$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 26$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 28$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 30$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 32$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 34$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 36$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 38$18,679.05 $18,679.05
Over 40$18,679.05 $18,679.05

 

 

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