How does pay operate in the military?

Do they pay you based on rank or the job you have or both? I'm talking about enlisted and active duty

I know this isn't accurate but let's say

for example, a pilot makes 130,000 a year and his rank is E3 which is 2000 a month

2000 x 12 months = 24,000 a year

His rank plus his Job = 154,000 a year

Does that mean the pilot makes 154,000 a year? Is that how pay works in the military?

4 Answers

  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Pay charts are at

    Everyone gets base pay, which is based on rank (pay grade) and time in service.

    If you live off base or in contracted on-base housing, you get non-taxable BAH, which is based on pay grade, whether you have dependents or not, and duty location.

    Everyone gets BAS for food.  If you are living in the dorms/barracks and eating for free at the DFAC, you get less than the normal amount.

    Pilots are officers, so your example is way off.  A pilot wouldn't be an E-3.  In addition to base pay, BAH, and BAS, pilots get flight pay.  The Air Force also offers retention bonuses to mid-career pilots to entice them to stay.  

  • RICK
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Its mainly rank and years of serrvice

    However certain jobs have speciality pay and some such as pilots and doctors have continuation pay if you stay in

    But the speciality and continuation pay mainly goes to officers

    But there has not been any enlisted pilots in decades

  • Mrsjvb
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Pilots are officers. So they would be an O3 not an E3

    Base pay is based on your pay grade/rank and time in service. It’s the same wether you are a pilot or a supply officer.

    Same for enlisted. An E3 aircraft mechanic makes the same base pay as an E3 infantry grunt

  • 1 year ago

    pay is based on your rank

    there are some very few jobs that are hard to fill, that offer speciality pay, that is on top of the pay based on your rank,

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