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Enlisted Pay Chart 1922-1940

1922-1940 U.S. Military Enlisted Base Pay Charts

On June 10, 1922, President Warren G. Harding approved the "Joint Service Pay Readjustment Act of 1922" which included a pay raise for enlisted personnel and created the first pay tables for officer and enlisted personnel in which pay was based on longevity, and not just pay grade.

1922 Officer Pay | Pay Raises

The United States enlisted military pay scales effective July 1, 1922 to September 30, 1940 for active components of the Navy, Coast Guard, Army, and Marine Corps.

The pay rates are monthly, US dollar.

1922-1940 Enlisted Military Base Pay Chart

Navy & Coast Guard Enlisted base pay for less than 4 to over 16 years of service.
Grade

note 1

Years of Service
Under 4 Over 4 Over 8 Over 12 Over 16
1st

note 2

126.00 138.60 144.90 151.20 157.50
2nd 84.00 92.40 96.60 100.80 105.00
3rd 72.00 79.20 82.80 86.40 90.00
4th 54.00 59.40 62.10 64.80 67.50
5th 42.00 46.20 48.30 50.40 52.50
6th 30.00 33.00 34.50 36.00 37.50
7th 21.00 23.10 24.15 25.20 26.25
Army & Marine Corps Enlisted base pay for less than 4 to over 20 years of service.
Grade

note 1

Years of Service
Under 4 Over 4 Over 8 Over 12 Over 16 Over 20
1st 126.00 132.30 138.60 144.90 151.20 157.50
2nd 84.00 88.20 92.40 96.60 100.80 105.00
3rd 72.00 75.60 79.20 82.80 86.40 90.00
4th 54.00 56.70 59.40 62.10 64.80 67.50
5th 42.00 44.10 46.20 48.30 50.40 52.50
6th 30.00 31.50 33.00 34.50 36.00 37.50
7th 21.00 22.05 23.10 24.15 25.20 26.25


Additional Pay for Army & Marine Corps Specialists' ratings
GradeYears of Service
Over 4 See note 3
1st 30.00
2nd 25.00
3rd 20.00
4th 15.00
5th 6.00
6th 3.00

Note 1: The "E" and "O" pay grades did not come about until the approval of the "Career Compensation Act of 1949"; however, for comparison purposes, the 1st Grade, is the same as today's E-7; 7th Grade is the same as E-1.

Note 2: Chief Petty Officers under acting appointment shall be included in the first grade at a monthly base pay of $99.

Note 3: Enlisted men of the Army and the Marine Corps shall receive pay for specialists' ratings upon completion of the first four years of service.

Effective July 1, 1922 to September 30, 1940.

1922 Enlisted Base Pay Chart for active personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

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