2013 Military Pay Charts – Officer & Enlisted Pay Scales (1.7% Raise)

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2013 Military Pay Chart - Active Duty
The 2013 military budget includes a 1.7% raise from 2012 military pay levels. The pay raise applies to all ranks and is effective January 1, 2013.

The 2013 military budget includes a 1.7% raise from 2012 military pay levels. The pay raise applies to all ranks and is effective January 1, 2013. The pay charts on this page reflect the final approved budget and including the Cost of Living Adjustment for the base pay.

2013 Military Pay Chart - Active Duty

We rounded each payment to the nearest dollar to make the tables easier to read. Please keep in mind these pay scales are for reference only and should not be used for official calculations for monthly pay or retirement pay purposes. You can get an official retired military pay estimate from DFAS or your finance office.

We have included additional explanations for specific pay grades where applicable. These charts only include base pay and do not include other benefits such as Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), special duty pay, or other forms of military compensation. You can find current BAH rates here.

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2013 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$9,848 $10,170 $10,384 $10,444 $10,711 $11,157 $11,262 $11,685 $11,807 $12,172
O-7$8,183 $8,563 $8,739 $8,878 $9,132 $9,382 $9,671 $9,959 $10,249 $11,157
O-6$6,065 $6,663 $7,100 $7,100 $7,127 $7,433 $7,473 $7,473 $7,898 $8,649
O-5$5,056 $5,696 $6,090 $6,164 $6,410 $6,557 $6,881 $7,118 $7,425 $7,895
O-4$4,362 $5,050 $5,387 $5,462 $5,775 $6,110 $6,528 $6,853 $7,079 $7,209
O-3$3,835 $4,348 $4,693 $5,117 $5,361 $5,631 $5,805 $6,091 $6,240 $6,240
O-2$3,314 $3,774 $4,347 $4,494 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586
O-1$2,877 $2,994 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
O-10$15,913 $15,991 $16,323 $16,903 $16,903 $17,748 $17,748 $18,635 $18,635 $19,567
O-9$13,918 $14,118 $14,408 $14,913 $14,913 $15,659 $15,659 $16,442 $16,442 $17,264
O-8$12,700 $13,187 $13,512 $13,512 $13,512 $13,512 $13,850 $13,850 $14,197 $14,197 $14,197
O-7$11,925 $11,925 $11,925 $11,925 $11,985 $11,985 $12,225 $12,225 $12,225 $12,225 $12,225
O-6$9,090 $9,530 $9,781 $10,034 $10,527 $10,527 $10,737 $10,737 $10,737 $10,737 $10,737
O-5$8,118 $8,339 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590 $8,590
O-4$7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284 $7,284
O-3$6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240 $6,240
O-2$4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586 $4,586
O-1$3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619 $3,619

Notes: (1) 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.

(2) 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 $20,937.90. (See note 1, above).

2013 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$5,117 $5,361 $5,631 $5,805 $6,091 $6,332 $6,471
O-2E$4,494 $4,586 $4,732 $4,979 $5,169 $5,311 $5,311
O-1E$3,619 $3,865 $4,008 $4,154 $4,297 $4,494 $4,494
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
O-3E$6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659 $6,659
O-2E$5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311 $5,311
O-1E$4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494 $4,494

2013 Warrant Officer Pay Scale

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
W-4$3,964 $4,264 $4,386 $4,507 $4,714 $4,919 $5,126 $5,440 $5,714 $5,974
W-3$3,619 $3,770 $3,925 $3,976 $4,138 $4,457 $4,789 $4,945 $5,126 $5,313
W-2$3,203 $3,506 $3,599 $3,663 $3,871 $4,194 $4,354 $4,511 $4,704 $4,854
W-1$2,812 $3,114 $3,195 $3,367 $3,571 $3,870 $4,011 $4,206 $4,398 $4,550
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
W-5$7,048 $7,405 $7,672 $7,967 $7,967 $8,365 $8,365 $8,783 $8,783 $9,223
W-4$6,188 $6,396 $6,701 $6,952 $7,239 $7,239 $7,383 $7,383 $7,383 $7,383 $7,383
W-3$5,648 $5,874 $6,010 $6,154 $6,349 $6,349 $6,349 $6,349 $6,349 $6,349 $6,349
W-2$4,991 $5,154 $5,261 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346 $5,346
W-1$4,689 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858 $4,858

2013 Enlisted Pay Table

Pay Grade2 or lessOver 2Over 3Over 4Over 6Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
E-9$4,789$4,897$5,034$5,195
E-8$3,920$4,094$4,201$4,330$4,469
E-7$2,725$2,974$3,088$3,239$3,357$3,559$3,673$3,876$4,044$4,158
E-6$2,357$2,594$2,708$2,819$2,935$3,197$3,299$3,495$3,555$3,600
E-5$2,160$2,304$2,416$2,530$2,707$2,894$3,046$3,064$3,064$3,064
E-4$1,980$2,081$2,194$2,305$2,403$2,403$2,403$2,403$2,403$2,403
E-3$1,787$1,900$2,015$2,015$2,015$2,015$2,015$2,015$2,015$2,015
E-2$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700$1,700
E-1$1,516
Pay GradeOver 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26Over 28Over 30Over 32Over 34Over 36Over 38
E-9$5,357 $5,617 $5,837 $6,069 $6,423 $6,423 $6,743 $6,743 $7,081 $7,081 $7,435
E-8$4,720 $4,848 $5,065 $5,185 $5,481 $5,481 $5,591 $5,591 $5,591 $5,591 $5,591
E-7$4,281 $4,329 $4,487 $4,573 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898 $4,898
E-6$3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651 $3,651
E-5$3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064 $3,064
E-4$2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403 $2,403
E-3$2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015 $2,015
E-2$1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700 $1,700

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 $7,738.80. 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. Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $1,006.80.

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  1. dandaman says

    Like I said in my original post, those who go near bullets and bombs/life on the line should get huge bonuses or even double pay. Also, some of you forgot to add in free room and board along with the payday. Also remember that this is a volunteer business. This is a free country, if you don’t think you are getting paid enough, quit and find a better job. I was in the Navy for 3 years. As an E5 back in the day I made around $200/mo and saved enough to pay my way own way through college along with the GI bill when I got out. And at the same time, I partied like a rock star and had more fun than was legally possible.
    By the way, being young and married and being in the service is plain stupid in my book.

  2. ottomedic51 says

    Hey Dandaman, I’ll pass your comment to all my friends who lost a husband, wife, father, mother or child who died while protecting your freedom to sit on a bar stool and drink. I’m guessing you DIDN’T service YOUR country and YES, I did. U.S. Air Force, as did my father, husband, son, father-in-law and my brother-in-law, who currently serves in the Navy. I’m sure he would appreciate your dumb comment. My father-in-law served several tours in Vietnam and I know he would love to say a few words to you. I believe our current service personnel AREN’T paid enough to do what they are doing today. I guess you forgot about the 2 wars that W. got us into. Short term memory loss, I guess.

  3. dandaman says

    Let’s keep in mind that about 90% of the guys in the service never come close to any harm other than in a bar on payday night. I felt like I was on an all expenses paid vacation in the service plus I got the training that got me into a tremendous career when I got out.

    For the small percentage dodging bullets, give them huge bonuses, maybe double pay, but for the vast majority this pay is more than adequate.

    • DW says

      dandaman, apparently the service you were in was the scouts. The Navy I was in only about 10% got to do what you did. For the amount of time we spent away from our families we should get more than we do. For your info approx 70% of the enlisted force can qualify for food stamps. So don’t tell ne the pay is more than adequate. When the guys lay their lives on the line daily and must be ready to leave their family at a moments notice I think they deserve a lot more than what they are getting.

  4. Tracy Failknet says

    Our pot men and women fighting for our country to get a pay raise that is the lowest since 1971. Just enough to pay the taxes on the pay raise. I wonder what kind of pay raise congress hot this year for doing nothing for our military except put them in the worst danger since Vietnam, and insult them with a pay raise like this. Common people. Something has to be done to stop this travesty.

  5. Arthur Levine says

    Everyone want a laugh…….When i was drafted in 1968 as an E-1 i made $95.70 a month, before taxes, quarter master laundry, plus i was married and they took out
    $40 for my wife allotment. When i got out 2 years later i was a SP/5 and my pay was $253. a month. I spent 15 months in Japan, and they would not even give me overseas pay as they said it was a “luxury tour”. My how times have changed

    • Larry Lister says

      You are right about changing times… I enlisted in the Navy Jun 59 out of High School. Pay was $78 month. I was 2nd class (E-5) when I got married Jun 62. Pay was $205 month. In addition, I was flight crew and got $85 more ea month. I retired Nov 78 as Chief (E-7) with credit for 20 yrs. (Iwas in the Reserves for 13 mo while in High School). Pay was around $950 month plus max flight pay, $110 month. Wife did not work and we managed to raise 3 daughters. Of course, I never had a new car. But, it is all relevant…… gas was 0.32 a gal, milk at the commissary 0.20, bread 0.15, etc. Those were the days.

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