2020 U.S. Military Basic Pay Charts

On December 20, 2019, President Trump approved the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The law ensures a military pay raise of 3.1 percent for 2020. The raise will be effective, January 1, 2020. The 3.1 percent is the same amount dictated by U.S.C. Title 37 which requires a pay raise based on the Employment Cost Index. Significant milestones which led to the 3.1 percent passage can be read at the bottom of this page.

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2020 Active Duty Enlisted Basic Military Pay Chart

Monthly basic pay amounts are rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar and are for the active components of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Enlisted pay chart for less than 2 to over 6 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Less than 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
E-7 3114 3399 3529 3702 3837
E-6 2694 2964 3095 3222 3355
E-5 2468 2634 2761 2891 3094
E-4 2263 2378 2507 2634 2747
E-3 2043 2171 2303 2303 2303
E-2 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942
E-1 1733 1733 1733 1733 1733
E-1

Less than 4 months

1603  
Enlisted pay chart for 8 to over 16 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
E-9   5473 5597 5753 5937
E-8 4480 4678 4801 4948 5107
E-7 4068 4198 4429 4621 4752
E-6 3653 3770 3994 4064 4114
E-5 3307 3481 3502 3502 3502
E-4 2747 2747 2747 2747 2747
E-3 2303 2303 2303 2303 2303
E-2 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942
E-1 1733 1733 1733 1733 1733
Enlisted pay chart for 18 to over 26 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
E-9 6122 6420 6671 6936 7340
E-8 5395 5540 5788 5925 6264
E-7 4892 4947 5128 5226 5597
E-6 4172 4172 4172 4172 4172
E-5 3502 3502 3502 3502 3502
E-4 2747 2747 2747 2747 2747
E-3 2303 2303 2303 2303 2303
E-2 1942 1942 1942 1942 1942
E-1 1733 1733 1733 1733 1733
Enlisted pay chart for over 30 years of service.
Pay Grade Years of Service
Over 30 Over 34 Over 38 Over 40
E-9 7707 8092 8497 Make room
E-8 6390 6390 6390 Retire!!

2020 Active Duty Officer Basic Military Pay Chart

Monthly basic pay amounts are rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar and are for the active components of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Officer pay chart for under 2 years to 6 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
O-8 11000 11360 11599 11666 11965
O-7 9140 9565 9761 9917 10200
O-6 6931 7615 8114 8114 8145
O-5 5778 6509 6960 7045 7326
O-4 4985 5771 6156 6242 6599
O-3 4383 4969 5363 5847 6127
O-2 3787 4314 4968 5136 5241
O-1 3287 3422 4136 4136 4136
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E   5847 6127
O-2E   5136 5241
O-1E   4136 4417
Warrant Officers
  Under 2 Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 6
W-4 4530 4873 5013 5150 5387
W-3 4136 4309 4486 4544 4729
W-2 3660 4007 4113 4187 4424
W-1 3213 3559 3652 3848 4081
Officer pay chart for 8 years to 16 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
O-8 12463 12579 13052 13188 13596
O-7 10479 10803 11125 11448 12463
O-6 8495 8541 8541 9026 9884
O-5 7494 7864 8135 8486 9023
O-4 6983 7460 7832 8090 8238
O-3 6435 6634 6961 7131 7131
O-2 5241 5241 5241 5241 5241
O-1 4136 4136 4136 4136 4136
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 6435 6634 6961 7236 7395
O-2E 5408 5690 5908 6070 6070
O-1E 4580 4747 4911 5136 5136
Warrant Officers
  Over 8 Over 10 Over 12 Over 14 Over 16
W-4 5622 5859 6217 6530 6827
W-3 5094 5473 5652 5859 6072
W-2 4793 4976 5156 5376 5548
W-1 4423 4583 4807 5027 5200
Officer pay chart for 18 years to 26 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
O-10

See Note 1

  16025 16025 16025 16025
O-9   15079 15296 15610 16025
O-8 14186 14730 15093 15093 15093
O-7 13320 13320 13320 13320 13388
O-6

See Note 2

10388 10891 11178 11468 12030
O-5 9278 9530 9817 9817 9817
O-4 8324 8324 8324 8324 8324
O-3 7131 7131 7131 7131 7131
O-2 5241 5241 5241 5241 5241
O-1 4136 4136 4136 4136 4136
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 7611 7611 7611 7611 7611
O-2E 6070 6070 6070 6070 6070
O-1E 5136 5136 5136 5136 5136
Warrant Officers
  Over 18 Over 20 Over 22 Over 24 Over 26
W-5   8054 8463 8768 9104
W-4 7071 7309 7658 7945 8273
W-3 6455 6713 6868 7033 7256
W-2 5704 5890 6013 6110 6110
W-1 5359 5552 5552 5552 5552
Officer pay chart for over 30 years of service.
Pay Grade Years of Service
Over 30 Over 34 Over 38 Over 40
O-10 16441 16441 16441 Time for
O-9 16441 16441 16441 Retirement!
O-8 15471 15857 15857 Retire!!
O-7 13656 13656 13656 Retire!!
O-6 12270 12270 12270 Retire!!
Warrant Officers Over 30 Years of Service
Pay Grade Years of Service
Over 30 Over 34 Over 38 Over 40
W-5 9560 10038 10540 Make room
W-4 8438 8438 8438 you're old!!

NOTE 1. Military basic pay for O-7 through O-10 is limited by the Level II of the Executive Schedule (ES).

NOTE 2. Military basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by level V of the ES.

E pay scale is Enlisted, W scale is Warrant Officer, O scale is Commissioned Officer. Effective January 1, 2020.

Pay News

On December 17, 2019, the Full United States Senate passed the reconciled version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86 to 8. The bill will now be sent to the White House for final approval. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill contains a 3.1 percent pay raise, and will be effective, January 1, 2020.

On December 11, 2019, the Full House of Representatives passed the reconciled version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 377 to 48. The Senate's expected to do the same next week, and then the bill will be off to the White House for final approval. The bill contains a 3.1 percent pay raise, and will be effective, January 1, 2020.

On July 12, 2019, the Full House of Representatives passed their version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 220 to 197. The House's version supports the Senate's and the President's desire for a 3.1 percent military pay raise for 2020. Next up, the House and the Senate must reconcile the differences between the two versions. Once that process is completed, the bill will be forwarded to President Trump for final approval.

On June 27, 2019, the Full Senate passed their version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 86 to 8. The Senate's version leaves the 3.1 percent military pay raise for 2020 intact. Next up, the full House of Representatives must advance their version of the bill.

On March 11, 2019, President Trump released his budget proposal for 2020. The proposal includes a request for a 3.1 percent military pay raise.

On October 31, 2018 at 0830EST, the United States Employment Cost Index (ECI) was released. The releasing of the ECI by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is an eagerly awaited quarterly economic indicator for those in the stock market and politics; but what makes this morning’s release important to our military is that it is the first indicator used to determine the actual pay raise amount for 2020. For 2020, unless a separate action is taken by President Trump or Congress, the statutory pay raise would be 3.1 percent based on law indicated in U.S.C. Title 37, Chapter 19, § 1009.

Developed by NCCM Thomas Goering USN (RET).

Page published on October 31, 2018.

Page modified on December 20, 2019.