2012 Military Pay Charts – Officer & Enlisted Pay Scales (1.6% Raise)

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The 2012 military budget was approved at the end of December, 2011. The result was a 1.6% pay raise for all ranks, effective January 1, 2012. The pay charts on this page reflect the final approved budget and include the 1.6% Cost of Living Adjustment. Note: To make these charts easier to read, we have…

The 2012 military budget was approved at the end of December, 2011. The result was a 1.6% pay raise for all ranks, effective January 1, 2012. The pay charts on this page reflect the final approved budget and include the 1.6% Cost of Living Adjustment. Note: To make these charts easier to read, we have rounded the pay rate to the nearest dollar.

2012 Military Pay Chart - Active DutyThese charts only include base pay, and do not include Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), special duty pay, or other forms of military compensation. Your total pay and compensation with these additional benefits will vary based on your location and other factors.

You can use these military pay charts for reference, or for quick calculations. Because these numbers are rounded, you should visit the DFAS website for the official pay charts which reflect each pay rate to the exact cent. You will need those numbers for running official pay calculations. But these pay charts should work for most informal applications, such as estimating your monthly pay, your retirement pay, and similar activities.

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2012 Military Pay Chart – Officers

Here are the pay charts for officers with less than two years of service, up to 18 years of service. Officers with more than four years of active duty enlisted service may qualify for Prior Enlisted Officer Pay, which will be covered in the charts below.

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
O-8$9,683$10,000$10,211$10,270$10,532$10,971$11,073$11,490$11,609$11,968
O-7$8,046$8,420$8,593$8,730$8,979$9,225$9,509$9,793$10,077$10,971
O-6$5,963$6,552$6,981$6,981$7,008$7,309$7,348$7,348$7,766$8,504
O-5$4,971$5,600$5,988$6,061$6,303$6,448$6,766$6,999$7,301$7,763
O-4$4,289$4,966$5,297$5,371$5,678$6,008$6,419$6,738$6,961$7,088
O-3$3,771$4,275$4,615$5,031$5,272$5,537$5,708$5,989$6,136$6,136
O-2$3,259$3,711$4,274$4,419$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510
O-1$2,828$2,944$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
O-10$15,647$15,723$16,051$16,620$16,620$17,451$17,451$18,323$18,323$19,240
O-9$13,685$13,883$14,167$14,664$14,664$15,398$15,398$16,168$16,168$16,976
O-8$12,488$12,967$13,286$13,286$13,286$13,286$13,619$13,619$13,959$13,959$13,959
O-7$11,726$11,726$11,726$11,726$11,785$11,785$12,021$12,021$12,021$12,021$12,021
O-6$8,938$9,371$9,617$9,867$10,351$10,351$10,557$10,557$10,557$10,557$10,557
O-5$7,982$8,199$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446$8,446
O-4$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162$7,162
O-3$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136$6,136
O-2$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510$4,510
O-1$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559$3,559

Notes: 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 of Staff/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 1 above)

2012 Prior Enlisted Officer Pay Chart

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.

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
O-3E$5,031$5,272$5,537$5,708$5,989$6,226$6,362
O-2E$4,419$4,510$4,653$4,896$5,083$5,222$5,222
O-1E$3,559$3,800$3,941$4,085$4,226$4,419$4,419
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
O-3E$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548$6,548
O-2E$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222$5,222
O-1E$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419$4,419

2012 Warrant Officer Pay Scale

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
W-4$3,898$4,193$4,313$4,431$4,635$4,837$5,041$5,349$5,618$5,874
W-3$3,559$3,707$3,860$3,909$4,069$4,383$4,709$4,863$5,041$5,224
W-2$3,149$3,447$3,539$3,602$3,806$4,124$4,281$4,436$4,625$4,773
W-1$2,765$3,062$3,142$3,311$3,511$3,806$3,944$4,136$4,325$4,474
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
W-5$6,930$7,282$7,544$7,833$7,833$8,225$8,225$8,636$8,636$9,069
W-4$6,084$6,289$6,589$6,836$7,118$7,118$7,260$7,260$7,260$7,260$7,260
W-3$5,554$5,776$5,909$6,051$6,243$6,243$6,243$6,243$6,243$6,243$6,243
W-2$4,907$5,068$5,173$5,257$5,257$5,257$5,257$5,257$5,257$5,257$5,257
W-1$4,611$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777$4,777

2012 Enlisted Pay Table

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
E-9$4,709$4,816$4,950$5,108
E-8$3,855$4,025$4,131$4,257$4,394
E-7$2,680$2,925$3,037$3,185$3,301$3,500$3,612$3,811$3,976$4,089
E-6$2,318$2,550$2,663$2,772$2,886$3,143$3,243$3,437$3,496$3,539
E-5$2,123$2,266$2,375$2,488$2,662$2,845$2,995$3,013$3,013$3,013
E-4$1,947$2,046$2,157$2,267$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363
E-3$1,757$1,868$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981
E-2$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671
E-1$1,491
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
E-9$5,268$5,524$5,740$5,967$6,315$6,315$6,631$6,631$6,962$6,962$7,311
E-8$4,642$4,767$4,980$5,098$5,390$5,390$5,498$5,498$5,498$5,498$5,498
E-7$4,209$4,256$4,412$4,496$4,816$4,816$4,816$4,816$4,816$4,816$4,816
E-6$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590$3,590
E-5$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013$3,013
E-4$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363$2,363
E-3$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981$1,981
E-2$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671$1,671

Notes: For the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the AF, Sergeant Major of the Army or Marine Corps or Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS, basic pay is $7,609.50. Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $990.00.

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