2020 Military Pay Charts – Officer & Enlisted Pay Scales (3.1% Raise)

Military members will receive a 3.1% pay raise in 2020. We have the full pay scales for all military ranks, including Enlisted, Warrant Officers, and Officers.
Advertising Disclosure.

Advertiser Disclosure: Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone. This article may contain links from our advertisers. For more information, please see our Advertising Policy.

The Military Wallet has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. The Military Wallet and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Some or all of the card offers that appear on The Military Wallet are from advertisers. Compensation may impact how and where card products appear, but does not affect our editors’ opinions or evaluations. The Military Wallet does not include all card companies or all available card offers.

2022 drill pay

Congress voted in a 3.1% pay raise for the 2020 calendar year. The 3.1 percent cost-of-living pay increase for military members is the largest increase in 10 years. This pay raise also applies to members of the Reserves and National Guard. You should see this pay raise in the first paycheck of the year, which should arrive in the January 15th paycheck.

You can compare this to the 2019 military pay charts to see how much of a raise you received from last year, or compare it to the proposed 2021 military pay charts.

Military pay dates:

Military paychecks go out on the 1st and 15th of the month with the exception of weekends and holidays. Paychecks are sent on the prior business day if the payday falls on a weekend or holiday. Here are links to the current military pay dates:

Table of Contents
  1. 2020 Military Pay Scale – Officers, Prior Enlisted Officers, & Warrant Officers
    1. 2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 0 Years – 10 Years
    2. 2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 12 Years – 26 Years
    3. 2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 28 Years – 40 Years
    4. Officer Pay Notes
  2. 2020 Pay Scale – Enlisted Members
    1. 2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 0 Years – 10 Years
    2. 2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 12 Years – 26 Years
    3. 2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 28 Years – 40 Years
    4. Enlisted Pay Notes

2020 Military Pay Scale – Officers, Prior Enlisted Officers, & Warrant Officers

Here are the proposed pay scales listed in dollars per month for enlistees, officers, and warrant officers. Keep in mind, these charts only include basic military pay, and do not include non-taxable allowances such as BAH or BAS.

Commissioned officers are on the pay grades from O-1 through O-10, Prior-Enlisted Officers are O-1E through O-3E, and Warrant Officers are W-1 through W-5.

2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade<22346810
O-6 (note 2)6931.207614.608114.408114.408145.308494.508540.70
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade<22346810
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade<22346810

2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade1214161820222426
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade1214161820222426
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade1214161820222426

2020 Officer & Warrant Officer Pay Charts – 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade28303234363840
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade28303234363840
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade28303234363840

Officer Pay Notes

1. Basic pay is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2020, which is $16,441.80 per month for officers at pay grades O-7 through O-10. This includes officers serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, or commander of a unified or specified combatant command (as defined in 10 U.S.C. 161(c)).

2. Basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by Level V of the Executive Schedule in effect during Calendar Year 2020 which is: $13,341.60.

3. Creditable service to be taken into account for purposes of this table is active service as an enlisted member or as a warrant officer or as both an enlisted member and a warrant officer, in the case of a commissioned officer on active duty who is paid from funds appropriated for active-duty personnel; or a commissioned officer on active Guard and Reserve duty. Effective November 24, 2003, creditable service to be taken into account for purposes of this table in the case of a commissioned officer is service as an enlisted member or as a warrant officer, or as both an enlisted member and a warrant officer, for which more than 1,460 points have been credited to the officer for the purposes of title 10, U.S.C. § 12732(a)(2). a commissioned officer on active Guard and Reserve duty. Effective November 24, 2003, creditable service to be taken into account for purposes of this table in the case of a commissioned officer.

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.

2020 Pay Scale – Enlisted Members

Enlisted members are in the pay grades from E-1 through E-9.

2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade<22346810
E-1 >4 Mon1733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.10

2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade1214161820222426
E-1 >4 Mon1733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.10

2020 Enlisted Pay Charts – 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade28303234363840
E-1 >4 Mon1733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.101733.10

Enlisted Pay Notes

The senior enlisted advisors for each branch of the service may be eligible for a higher pay rating than the E-9 scale for their respective years in service. These positions include, the Sergeant Major of the Army Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS, or Senior Enlisted Advisor Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Basic pay for these roles is $8,844.30.

About Post Author

Get Instant Access
FREE Weekly Updates! Enter your information to join our mailing list.

Reader Interactions


    Leave A Comment:


    About the comments on this site:

    These responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

  1. Jerry Puente Gonzales says

    Hey Ryan, how are you? We really enjoy receiving these emails! We were wondering if you happen to have the Retired Officer pay as you do these Active Duty ones. I have 20 years AD and left in 1998.
    At any rate, we hope you and your family have a great Merry Christmas (or Hanukah, if applicable) and a fantastic New Year. And again, thanks for all you do for all of us Ryan! San Antonio is not only the Alamo City but Military City USA and I’ll bet many here see your emails. FYI, both the city and county (Bexar) have Veteran Affairs Councils if you don’t already know about these. It’s great living here Ryan because we not only get so many discounts throughout the city but we have SAMMC which is the largest Army Medical Center in the world. Come see it and I’ll take you on a tour of it. Take Care! Jerry Gonzales, RN, BSN, MS, LTC (Ret Army)

    • Ryan Guina says

      Hello Jerry, unfortunately, it is not possible to create a military retiree pay table because each retiree’s pay varies based on his or her individual situation (number of years and months served, pay grade at retirement, the average of their High 3 pay if they fall under the High-3 retirement plan, the year they retired, and the annual COLA amounts that occurred each year). In other words, it’s simply not possible. It may be possible for someone to create a calculator to process this information. But the easiest way to do it is to simply take your retirement pay this year, and add the annual COLA adjustment to it. That should get you within striking distance of what your retirement pay will be.

      I hope this is helpful!

    • Ryan Guina says

      Hello Bridget, Great question. No, this does not apply to VA disability compensation. VA disability compensation and military retirement pay are adjusted each year based on the same rates used for Social Security COLA. This is typically announced toward the end of the year. I will make updates when we have more information.

      Thank you for the question, and thank you for your service!

The Military Wallet is a property of Three Creeks Media. Neither The Military Wallet nor Three Creeks Media are associated with or endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs. The content on The Military Wallet is produced by Three Creeks Media, its partners, affiliates and contractors, any opinions or statements on The Military Wallet should not be attributed to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the Dept. of Defense or any governmental entity. If you have questions about Veteran programs offered through or by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, please visit their website at va.gov. The content offered on The Military Wallet is for general informational purposes only and may not be relevant to any consumer’s specific situation, this content should not be construed as legal or financial advice. If you have questions of a specific nature consider consulting a financial professional, accountant or attorney to discuss. References to third-party products, rates and offers may change without notice.

Advertising Notice: The Military Wallet and Three Creeks Media, its parent and affiliate companies, may receive compensation through advertising placements on The Military Wallet; For any rankings or lists on this site, The Military Wallet may receive compensation from the companies being ranked and this compensation may affect how, where and in what order products and companies appear in the rankings and lists. If a ranking or list has a company noted to be a “partner” the indicated company is a corporate affiliate of The Military Wallet. No tables, rankings or lists are fully comprehensive and do not include all companies or available products.

Editorial Disclosure: Editorial content on The Military Wallet may include opinions. Any opinions are those of the author alone, and not those of an advertiser to the site nor of  The Military Wallet.