CVN-71

Historical Military Pay Charts

US Military Historical Basic Pay Chart Archive

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

Congress and the President have the ability to write new legislation as they deem necessary to effect change in military pay; otherwise, since September 1962, Title 37 of the United States Code has dictated how military pay will be 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)."

Historical military basic pay legislative information and charts.
The 2010's Military Basic Pay Charts
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
3.4% 1.4% 1.6% 1.7% 1.0%
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
1.0%P* 1.0%Es* 1.5%Es*    
 
The 2000's Military Basic Pay 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 Basic Pay 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 Basic 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%
 
The 1970's Basic 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 Basic 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 Basic 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.

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 totalling 4.6% for various paygrades effective April 1, 2007. Added longevity raises at the 30, 34 and 38 year mark for only the most senior enlisted and officer paygrades.

Latest page update was completed on April 7, 2014.

©2004-2014 Navy CyberSpace
Privacy Policy