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Money & Pay

Learn about the pay and benefits the Army provides for active-duty Soldiers and Officers.

Pay That Matches Your Passion

As an active-duty Soldier in the Army, you'll receive a regular salary just like you would if you had a job in the private sector.

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See the Army Pay Scales

The charts below show the base salary for enlisted Soldiers and commissioned Officers, ordered by experience and rank. Active-duty Soldiers work in the Army full time. Army National Guard and Army Reserve work part time and are paid according to the hours that they’ve worked.

Full-Time Enlisted Soldier

This table shows the base pay for full-time Soldiers, and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables.

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Private (E1) $21,999.60* $21,999.60 $21,999.60 $21,999.60
Private (E2) $24,656.40 $24,656.40 $24,656.40 $24,656.40
Private First Class(E3) $25,927.20 $29,228.40 $29,228.40 $29,228.40
Specialist or Corporal (E4) $28,720.80 $33,440.40 $34,866.00 $34,866.00
Sergeant (E5) $31,323.60 $36,702.00 $39,279.60 $41,972.40
Staff Sergeant (E6) $34,192.80 $40,903.20 $42,584.40 $46,371.60

*Pay for Private (E1) will be slightly lower for the first four months of service.

Full-Time Warrant Officer

This table shows the base pay for full-time Warrant Officers, and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables.

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Warrant Officer (WO1) $40,784.40 $48,852.00 $51,796.80 $56,145.60
Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) $46,465.20 $53,143.20 $56,152.80 $60,836.40
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) $52,516.80 $57,679.20 $60,026.40 $64,656.00
Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) $57,502.80 $65,372.40 $68,382.00 $71,359.20

Full-Time Commissioned Officer

This table shows the base pay for full-time Commissioned Officers, and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables.

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Second Lieutenant (O1) $41,727.60 $52,506.00 $52,506.00 $52,506.00
First Lieutenant (O2) $48,078.00 $65,192.40 $66,531.60 $66,531.60
Captain (O3) $55,638.00 $74,224.80 $77,785.20 $81,687.60
Major (O4) $63,284.40 $79,232.40 $83,768.40 $88,635.60

Part-Time Enlisted Soldier

This table shows the drill pay for part-time Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers, and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables (includes two weeks of training each year and one weekend per month).

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Private (E1) $3,849.93* $3,849.93
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Private (E2) $4,314.87 $4,314.87 $4,314.87 $4,314.87
Private First Class(E3) $4,537.26 $5,114.97 $5,114.97 $5,114.97
Specialist or Corporal (E4) $5,026.14 $5,852.07 $6,101.55 $6,101.55
Sergeant (E5) $5,481.63 $6,422.85 $6,873.93 $7,345.17
Staff Sergeant (E6) $5,983.74 $7,158.06 $7,452.27 $8,115.03

*Pay for Private (E1) will be slightly lower for the first four months of service.

Part-Time Warrant Officer

This table shows the drill pay for part-time Warrant Officers and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables (includes two weeks of training each year and one weekend per month).

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Warrant Officer (WO1) $7,137.27 $8,549.10 $9,064.44 $9,825.48
Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2) $8,131.41 $9,300.06 $9,826.74 $10,646.37
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) $9,190.44 $10,093.86 $10,504.62 $11,314.80
Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) $10,062.99 $11,440.17 $11,966.85 $12,487.86

Part-Time Commissioned Officer

This table shows the drill pay for part-time Commissioned Officers, and does not include bonuses, allowances, or other benefits. Based on 2022 pay tables (includes two weeks of training each year and one weekend per month).

Rank
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience 8 Years Experience
Second Lieutenant (O1) $7,302.33 $9,188.55 $9,188.55 $9,188.55
First Lieutenant (O2) $8,413.65 $11,408.67 $11,643.03 $11,643.03
Captain (O3) $9,736.65 $12,989.34 $13,612.41 $14,295.33
Major (O4) $11,074.77 $13,865.67 $14,659.47 $15,511.23
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Earn More Than Your Salary

The Army provides bonuses, military allowances, and other benefits to help you earn more and offset the cost of living, so more of your paycheck stays in your pocket.

Common Questions

How does an Army base salary compare to pay in the private-sector?

When you consider affordable health care for part-time Soldiers and free health care for full-time Soldiers, plus access to bonuses, allowances for housing, food, and clothing, opportunities to get a college degree without incurring debt, and more financial benefits, the Army offers a more competitive choice to similar civilian careers. Your Army base salary is just one part of the total compensation Soldiers receive. While civilian jobs may pay higher base salaries, the Army offers a starting salary above the federal minimum wage for a 40-hour work week, 30 days paid leave every year, plus a variety of benefits on top of your base pay that add up.

What is special pay? How else can I earn money in the Army?

Special pay is additional monthly and/or annual pay given to eligible active-duty Soldiers who perform certain specific duties, serve in specific geographic locations, work in various jobs called Military Occupation Specialties (MOS), or are given certain specific assignments. Along with special pay, you can earn bonuses for doing things like heading to Basic Training earlier or taking certain jobs.

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How can the Army help me pay for college?

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Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

Do I have to go to Basic Training?

How can I prepare for the conversation?

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How do I apply for ROTC scholarships?

How do I join ROTC at the college I want to attend?

Will I be expected to join if I talk to someone?

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Here's What Happens Next

  1. You'll receive an email confirming your request

  2. We'll provide additional information about next steps

  3. You'll work with us to decide whether the Army is right for you

Questions you may have right now

Who will reach out to me?

One of our recruiters will either call or email you to set up time to talk.

What will you ask me?

Our conversation will likely begin with some basic qualifying questions, like your age and education level. From there, the conversation will be about getting to know you and your goals for the future. Expect us to ask about your interests and skills so we can suggest Army jobs that might interest you.

How can I prepare for the conversation?

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Do I qualify to join the Army?

Can I join as an Officer?

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What type of health care jobs are available in the Army?

Can the Army help me pay for medical school?

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Can I join ROTC at my age

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Will I be expected to join if I talk to someone?

No. Our goal is to answer your questions and help you decide if the Army is a good option for you. We understand you may not be ready to join yet, or that we may not be the right fit, and that's fine. There's no obligation for talking to us.

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We admire you for considering such a big career decision at your age. Unfortunately, we're unable to directly reach out to you until you are at least sixteen years old and a junior in high school. However, the following ROTC info is something that may interest you now.

Questions you may have right now

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army full-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you

How do I apply for ROTC Scholarships?

Army ROTC has several scholarships available for college-bound high school students. Review your options at ROTC Scholarships, or immediately apply by creating an account at my.goarmy.com to get started.

How old do I have to be to serve in the Army part-time?

To become an enlisted Soldier, you must be 17 years old. To become an Army Officer, you must be at least 18 years old and have a college degree obtained either through ROTC, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, or from another college or university program. Learn more about Army Eligibility Requirements and how to receive Officer training while in college.

What are the ways to serve part-time?

You can serve part-time as a Soldier in the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. By serving part-time, you are able to continue your college education or work a civilian job, while earning an extra paycheck and maintaining many of the benefits of military service.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

How do I become a health care provider in the Army?

You can serve part-time or full-time as you train in our health care program. Upon graduation of the program, you will enter the Army health care team as a Commissioned Officer.

What types of medical careers are available in the Army?

There are numerous health care careers available through the Army Medical Education Deparment (AMEDD), including physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and many more. View your career options.

How can the Army help me pay for college?

There are a variety of options available to help you pursue education with flexibility, such as ROTC programs, the GI Bill, and other programs that help pay for college tuition, trade school, technical school, or trainings. View all of the Education Benefits available to you.

What are the benefits of joining ROTC?

ROTC makes it possible to achieve your ambitions. Become a leader and serve your country in one of the nation's top leadership training programs. You can do this while maintaining your college curriculum and earning up to 100% tuition coverage. Upon graduation, you're guaranteed a career as an Army Officer.

How do I prepare to join ROTC?

When you're at least 16 years old and at least a high school junior, you can reach out to us, or even talk to your high school counselor. Together, we'll talk options and decide if ROTC is the right path for you.

Will I become an Officer if I complete ROTC?

Yes. After graduation, you are commissioned as a highly respected second lieutenant in the Army, entrusted with leading other Soldiers.

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