Proposed 2021 Military Pay Charts – Officer & Enlisted Pay Scales (3.0% Raise)

The White House has proposed a 3.0% military pay raise for 2021. We have put together these 2021 military pay charts based on the current proposal. Please keep in mind this pay raise must still be voted in by Congress before it will become law. If approved, the 2021 military pay charts go into effect…
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2021 military pay charts

The White House has proposed a 3.0% military pay raise for 2021. We have put together these 2021 military pay charts based on the current proposal. Please keep in mind this pay raise must still be voted in by Congress before it will become law. If approved, the 2021 military pay charts go into effect on January 1, 2021. You will see the corresponding income in your first paycheck, which should arrive on January 15, 2021.

Each year, the government reviews military compensation and proposes an annual cost of living adjustment. The 3.0% pay raise comes on the heels of a 3.1% raise in 2020, the largest pay raise in over a decade. Here are the 2020 military pay charts to see how they compare to 2021 pay. You can also see the proposed 2021 Drill pay charts here.

When Do I Get Paid? Military paydays are on the 1st and 15th of the month unless it is a holiday or weekend. Paydays that would normally fall on one of those days are paid on the preceding business day. Here are the current military pay schedules:

2021 military pay charts

2021 Pay Scale – Officers, Prior Enlisted Officers, and Warrant Officers

The following pay charts only include base military pay. They do not account for non-taxable allowances such as BAS or BAH.

2021 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade<22346810
O-811329.4911701.2111947.4912016.0812323.5412836.7912956.37
O-79414.309851.5410053.9310214.9210506.0010793.9911126.78
O-67139.147843.048357.838357.838389.668749.348796.92
O-55951.346704.377168.187255.637545.477718.518099.51
O-45134.965943.926340.996429.056797.077192.287684.21
O-34514.805117.665523.386022.726311.636628.056832.92
O-23901.134442.805116.735289.775398.545398.545398.54
O-13385.713524.454260.494260.494260.494260.494260.49
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade<22346810
O-3E---6022.726311.636628.056832.92
O-2E---5289.775398.545570.345860.49
O-1E---4260.494549.414717.504889.62
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade<22346810
W-44665.905018.785162.775304.605548.715790.356035.08
W-34261.114438.484620.794680.424870.775246.515637.40
W-23770.424127.004236.704312.104556.514936.585125.07
W-13309.393665.983761.463963.854203.024555.904720.28

2021 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade1214161820222426
O-10----16935.0516935.0516935.0516935.05
O-9----16012.3816243.8216576.9216935.05
O-813443.6613583.9514003.8814611.6815171.9015546.1015546.1015546.10
O-711458.3411791.1312836.7913719.2913719.2913719.2913719.2913789.74
O-68796.929296.5710180.6210699.1311217.6311512.7211811.8312390.90
O-58379.468740.689293.189555.839816.0010111.1010111.1010111.10
O-48066.758332.498485.458573.828573.828573.828573.828573.82
O-37169.427345.247345.247345.247345.247345.247345.247345.24
O-25398.545398.545398.545398.545398.545398.545398.545398.54
O-14260.494260.494260.494260.494260.494260.494260.494260.49
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade1214161820222426
O-3E7169.427453.397616.857839.027839.027839.027839.027839.02
O-2E6084.836251.696251.696251.696251.696251.696251.696251.69
O-1E5058.335289.775289.775289.775289.775289.775289.775289.77
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade1214161820222426
W-5----8296.348716.899030.539377.22
W-46402.486725.087031.917283.447528.487888.158183.568520.98
W-35821.566034.776253.856648.756915.117074.257243.587474.40
W-25310.175536.975714.345874.716066.916193.296293.096293.09
W-14950.805177.305355.595519.365718.665718.665718.665718.66

2021 Military Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade28303234363840
O-1016935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.05
O-916935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.0516935.05
O-815546.1015935.4415935.4416333.1216333.1216333.1216333.12
O-713789.7414065.6814065.6814065.6814065.6814065.6814065.68
O-612390.9012638.4112638.4112638.4112638.4112638.4112638.41
O-510111.1010111.1010111.1010111.1010111.1010111.1010111.10
O-48573.828573.828573.828573.828573.828573.828573.82
O-37345.247345.247345.247345.247345.247345.247345.24
O-25398.545398.545398.545398.545398.545398.545398.54
O-14260.494260.494260.494260.494260.494260.494260.49
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade28303234363840
O-3E7839.027839.027839.027839.027839.027839.027839.02
O-2E6251.696251.696251.696251.696251.696251.696251.69
O-1E5289.775289.775289.775289.775289.775289.775289.77
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade28303234363840
W-59377.229846.909846.9010338.5210338.5210856.4110856.41
W-48520.988690.938690.938690.938690.938690.938690.93
W-37474.407474.407474.407474.407474.407474.407474.40
W-26293.096293.096293.096293.096293.096293.096293.09
W-15718.665718.665718.665718.665718.665718.665718.66

Officer Pay Notes

General Officer Pay Limits: Basic pay is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during the 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)). We will update this cap for 2021 when the DoD announces the final numbers.

Pay Limits for O-6: 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. We will update this cap for 2021 when the DoD announces the final numbers.

Combat Zone Tax Exclusion Pay for Officers: The Combat Zone Tax Exclusion for O-1 and above is based on the basic pay rate shown in note 3 plus Hostile Fire Pay/Imminent Danger Pay which is $225.00 per month (prorated).

Academy Cadets & ROTC Basic Pay: Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $1,087.80.

Prior Enlisted Officer Pay Qualifications

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.

2021 Pay Scale – Enlisted Military Members

Here are the pay charts for enlisted members.

2021 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade<22346810
E-9------5637.09
E-8-----4614.614818.55
E-73207.733500.973635.393812.443951.184189.424323.84
E-62774.513053.233187.953318.973455.553762.693882.89
E-52541.532713.022844.042978.143187.343405.493585.33
E-42330.482449.752582.312713.642828.902828.902828.90
E-32103.982236.232371.882371.882371.882371.882371.88
E-22000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.78
E-1 >4 Mon1785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.09
E-1 <4 Mon1650.37------

2021 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade1214161820222426
E-95764.705926.006114.806306.696611.986871.547143.157560.30
E-84944.935096.035260.425556.445706.305961.546103.376451.92
E-74561.774760.154895.185039.175094.795282.365382.785765.32
E-64114.644185.414237.014297.264297.264297.264297.264297.26
E-53606.963606.963606.963606.963606.963606.963606.963606.96
E-42828.902828.902828.902828.902828.902828.902828.902828.90
E-32371.882371.882371.882371.882371.882371.882371.882371.88
E-22000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.78
E-11785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.09

2021 Military Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade28303234363840
E-97560.307937.597937.598334.978334.978752.438752.43
E-86451.926581.396581.396581.396581.396581.396581.39
E-75765.325765.325765.325765.325765.325765.325765.32
E-64297.264297.264297.264297.264297.264297.264297.26
E-53606.963606.963606.963606.963606.963606.963606.96
E-42828.902828.902828.902828.902828.902828.902828.90
E-32371.882371.882371.882371.882371.882371.882371.88
E-22000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.782000.78
E-11785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.091785.09

Enlisted Pay Notes

4. For the Sergeant Major of the Army Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, or Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, or Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS, basic pay for 2020 is $8,844.30. We will update this cap for 2021 when the DoD announces the final numbers.

Previous Military Pay Raises

You can find the military pay charts from previous years here:

YearMilitary Pay Raise PercentageMilitary Pay Tables
20213.0% (proposed)2021 Military Pay Tables
20203.10%2020 Military Pay Tables
20192.60%2019 Military Pay Tables
20182.40%2018 Military Pay Tables
20172.10%2017 Military Pay Tables
20161.30%2016 Military Pay Tables
20151.00%2015 Military Pay Tables
20141.00%2014 Military Pay Tables
20131.70%2013 Military Pay Tables
20121.60%2012 Military Pay Tables
20111.40%2011 Military Pay Tables
20103.40%2010 Military Pay Tables
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    • Ryan Guina says

      Hello Hellena, I’m sorry for your loss.

      There is an annual cost of living increase that is announced later in the year that applies to military retirees and widows. It also applies to Social Security benefits and VA disability compensation rates. I will be sure to make an announcement when we have this information.

      Thank you!

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