2017 Military Pay Charts Reflecting 1.6% Raise – Updated Basic Pay Monthly Tables


[2017 update] Armed serviced members in 2017 will at minimum see a 1.6 percent increase in base pay based on the President’s latest executive order for government and uniformed service members pay raises.

The final pay raise will be determined in a month or so once the final Employment Cost Index (ECI) figures are released. By law troops are to receive a pay raise within 0.5 percent of the ECI – which is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to be 2.1 percent. It is highly likely that the lower 1.6 percent raise will take effect in order to contain costs. This is reflected in the 2017 basic pay tables below.

2017 Basic Monthly Pay Tables (less than 20 yrs service) USAA offers car insurance savings for military

2017 Basic Monthly Pay Tables

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[2016 updated rates following 1.3% raise] With the powers that be finally reaching a consensus and presidential decree (i.e executive order) likely to come down before year end, our armed services members can expect a 1.3% raise to 2016 basic pay amounts.  This is less than expected but at least better than nothing in a relatively benign inflation environment. Will publish any updates, if applicable, once released by DFAS

2016 Military Pay Table 2016 Military Pay Chart with 1.3% Raise

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[Updated with 2015 rates following 1% raise] Following the end of year presidential executive order, 2015 military basic pay for most armed services personnel will officially increase by 1 percent effective January 1, 2015. This is in line with the one percent raise last year (see previous update below) and 2015 GS pay raise for federal employees. The tables below show the final 2015 basic pay tables based on pay grade and years of service.

2015 Military Pay Scale (Less than 20 yrs)

2015 Military Pay Chat (>20 yrs service)


[Updated with 2014 rates] The 2014 military basic pay for armed services personnel will officially increase by 1%, effective January 1, 2014. This is lower than the 1.7% raise last year (see previous update below), but with all the budget cuts it was good to see our armed service members still get a raise. . The tables below show the 2014 basic pay tables based on pay grade and years of experience.

2014 Military Pay Table 2014 Military Pay Chart


[2013 Military Pay Charts with 1.7 Percent Raise and Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) Increases] Congress has agreed to a military pay raise in 2013 with the the Senate approving legislation that matches House legislation giving active service members a 1.7% basic pay raise in 2013.  This is in line the 2013 COLA increase. Updated 2013 pay charts/tables are shown below for all individuals in the uniformed services.

2013 Basic Military Pay Rates By Grade TableOther items set to change in 2013

  • Expiring Bonuses and Allowances. Agreements to pay certain bonuses and allowances to military personnel will be extended for another year. DoD’s authority to enter is currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012. Some bonuses are paid in a lump sum, while others are paid in annual or monthly installments over the period of obligated service.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing. 4.2% increase to the monthly payments of the basic allowance for housing (BAH), which helps service members cover the cost of housing. Provisions in the bill would allow certain dual military couples to earn a housing allowance while assigned to sea duty. It would also protect certain members of the National Guard from a reduction in BAH when they transition between active duty and full-time National Guard duty.

2013 basic housing allowance

  • TRICARE Pharmacy co-payments. The bill also proposes setting higher co-payments for those who use the TRICARE pharmacy system beginning in 2013 and would limit the future growth of those co-payments to increases in the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for military retired pay.

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[Updated with approved 2012 rates] In 2011, US armed forces members received a 1.4% pay raise after a drawn out budgetary process. However in 2012, Congress has approved a  slightly larger 1.6% increase in military pay. The 1.6% raise was part of the $662 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 bill (H.R. 1540).

Shown below are the final 2012 military pay charts reflecting the 1.6% pay raise. In addition to the pay raise, service members will see an average 2% increase in 2012 for their basic allowance for housing (BAH). This is equivalent to a $40 per month increase.

2012 Military Pay Chart (less than 20yrs Service)2012 Military Pay Chart With Greater Than 20yrs Experience

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the total cost of a 1.6 percent military pay raise would be $1.2 billion in 2012.  The 1.6 percent basic pay raise for all individuals in the uniformed services would be effective January 1, 2012.

Expiring Bonuses and Allowances : H.R 1540 also proposes an extension, for another year, to DoD’s authority to enter agreements to pay certain lump sum or monthly bonuses and allowances to military personnel. Based on the department of defense’s budget submission for fiscal year 2012, CBO estimates that extending that authority for one year would cost $3.1 billion over the 2012-2016 period.

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6 Comments on "2017 Military Pay Charts Reflecting 1.6% Raise – Updated Basic Pay Monthly Tables"

Darlene Hedrick
Monday 3:11 pm

This is good information to know.

Darlene Hedrick
Monday 3:11 pm

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