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United States Military Pay Chart Archive

U.S. Military Basic Pay History

Military "basic pay" is the primary pay earned by each member serving in the armed forces of the United States.

The United States military historical basic pay charts with corresponding raise percentage indicated for each year. Each chart contains the news relevant to the corresponding raise.

United States military pay charts.
The 2010's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
3.4% 1.4% 1.6% 1.7% 1.0%
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1.0%C* 1.0%Es* 1.0%Es* 1.5%Es* 1.8%Es*

Estimates based on DoD 2015 budget proposal.

The 2000's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
4.8%¹ 3.7%² 1 to 12% 4.7% 3.7 to 5.7%
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
3.5% 3.1% 4.6%³ 3.5% 3.9%
 
The 1990's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
3.6% 4.1% 4.2% 3.7% 2.2%
1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2.6% 2.4% 3% 2.8% 3.6%
 
The 1980's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
7% 11.7% 10 to 16.5% 4% 4%
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
4% 3%± 3% 2% 4.1%

±Military pay frozen at 1985 levels, but raise still applied.

The 1970's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
8.1% 7.9% 7.2% 6.7% 6.2%
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
5.52% 5% 3.6% 6.2% 5.5%
 
The 1960's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
1963 1964 1965 1966
12.6% 2.5% to 8.5% E:11% O:6% 3.2%
1967 1968 1969
5.6% 6.9% 12.6%
 
The 1950's Military Pay and Allowance Charts
1949-1951 1952-1954 1955-1957 1958-1962
  4% 0 to 9% 0 to 13%
 

Es = Estimated. P = Proposed. E = Enlisted. O = Officer. C = Latest congressional approval.

Note 1:
Targeted basic pay raises effective July 1, 2000 beyond the approved January 1, 2000 increase of 4.8%.
Note 2:
Targeted increases, effective July 1, 2001, the basic pay amounts for enlisted personnel in grades E-5 through E-7.
Note 3:
Additional targeted increase totaling 4.6% for various pay grades effective April 1, 2007. Added longevity raises at the 30, 34 and 38 year mark for only the most senior enlisted and officer pay grades.

Public Law 67-235, the "Joint Service Pay Readjustment Act of 1922", signed by President Harding on June 10, 1922, was the first pay legislation that dealt with compensation for all the Services. It increased the pay rates, and established that officers would be paid according to “pay periods.” The Act essentially created the first pay tables for officer and enlisted personnel in which pay was based on longevity, and not just pay grade.

Public Law 81-351, the "Career Compensation Act of 1949", signed by President Truman on the 12th of October 1949, was the first legislation that made reference to the primary element of a Servicemember's pay as “basic pay.” Basic pay was coupled with the two primary allowances “basic allowance for quarters” (BAQ) and “basic allowance for subsistence” (BAS).

Each year, Congress and the President has the ability to write and approve new legislation as they deem necessary to change military pay; otherwise, since 1967, Title 37 of the United States Code has dictated how military pay adjustments will be automatically calculated.

Currently, Title 37 reads, "An adjustment made under this section in a year shall provide all eligible members with an increase in the monthly basic pay that is the percentage (rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percent) by which the Employment Cost Index for the base quarter of the year before the preceding year [three-month period ending on September 30 of such year] exceeds the ECI for the base quarter of the second year before the preceding calendar year (if at all)."

Latest page update was completed on July 9, 2014.

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