2016 Military Pay Charts

Updated: May 13, 2020
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    Military pay rates will increase by 1.3% for 2016. However, General and Flag Officers above pay grade O-7 will not see an increase due to a pay freeze at those higher levels.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index and growth in private-sector wages determine military pay increases. 

    The first paycheck reflecting the increase will be Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, for the pay period Jan. 1, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2016. You can find all military pay dates here.

    See 2024 military pay rates and charts here.

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    2016 Military Pay (Less than 2 Years to Over 8)

    GRADE2 OR LESSOVER 2OVER 3OVER 4OVER 6OVER 8
    O-10 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    O-9 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    O-8 (*1) $9,946.20 $10,272.00 $10,488.30 $10,548.60 $10,818.60 $11,269.20
    O-7 (*1) $8,264.40 $8,648.40 $8,826.00 $8,967.30 $9,222.90 $9,475.80
    O-6 (*2) $6,267.00 $6,885.30 $7,337.10 $7,337.10 $7,365.00 $7,680.90
    O-5 $5,224.50 $5,885.70 $6,292.80 $6,369.60 $6,624.00 $6,776.10
    O-4 $4,507.80 $5,218.20 $5,566.50 $5,643.90 $5,967.00 $6,313.80
    O-3 $3,963.60 $4,492.80 $4,849.20 $5,287.20 $5,540.70 $5,818.80
    O-2 $3,424.50 $3,900.30 $4,491.90 $4,643.70 $4,739.40 $4,739.40
    O-1 $2,972.40 $3,093.90 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10
    O-3 (*3)$-$-$- $5,287.20 $5,540.70 $5,818.80
    O-2 (*3)$-$-$- $4,643.70 $4,739.40 $4,890.30
    O-1 (*3)$-$-$- $3,740.10 $3,993.60 $4,141.50
    W-5$-$-$-$-$-$-
    W-4 $4,095.90 $4,406.10 $4,532.40 $4,656.90 $4,871.10 $5,083.20
    W-3 $3,740.40 $3,896.40 $4,056.30 $4,108.80 $4,276.20 $4,605.90
    W-2 $3,309.90 $3,622.80 $3,719.40 $3,785 .40 $4,000.20 $4,333.80
    W-1 $2,905.50 $3,218.10 $3,302.10 $3,479.70 $3,690.00 $3,999.60
    E-9 (*4)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    E-8$-$-$-$-$- $4,050.90
    E-7 $2,816.10 $3,073.50 $3,191.40 $3,347.10 $3,468.90 $3,678.00
    E-6 $2,435.70 $2,680.20 $2,798.40 $2,913.60 $3,033.60 $3,303.30
    E-5 $2,231.40 $2,381.40 $2,496.60 $2,614.20 $2,797.80 $2,989.80
    E-4 $2,046.00 $2,150.40 $2,267.10 $2,382.00 $2,483.40 $2,483.40
    E-3 $1,847.10 $1,963.20 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00
    E-2 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50$1,756.50$1,756.50$1,756.50
    E-1 (*6) $1,566.90$-$-$-$-$-

    2016 Military Pay (10 to Over 20 Years)

    GRADEOVER 10OVER 12OVER 14OVER 16OVER 18OVER 20
    O-10 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$16,072.20
    O-9 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$14,056.80
    O-8 (*1) $11,373.90 $11,802.00 $11,924.70 $12,293.40 $12,827.40 $13,319.10
    O-7 (*1) $9,767.70 $10,059.00 $10,351.20 $11,269.20 $12,043.80 $12,043.80
    O-6 (*2) $7,722.30 $7,722.30 $8,161.20 $8,937.00 $9,392.70 $9,847.80
    O-5 $7,110.30 $7,356.00 $7,673.10 $8,158.50 $8,388.90 $8,617.20
    O-4 $6,745.80 $7,081.50 $7,314.90 $7,449.30 $7,526.70 $7,526.70
    O-3 $5,998.20 $6,293.70 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20
    O-2 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40
    O-1 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10
    O-3 (*3) $5,998.20 $6,293.70 6,543.30$6,686.70$6,881.40$6,881.40
    O-2 (*3)$5,145.00$5,341.80$5,488.50 $5,488.50 $5,488.50 $5,488.50
    O-1 (*3)$4,292.40$4,440.60$4,643.70 $4,643.70 $4,643.70$4,643.70
    W-5$-$-$-$-$-$7,283.10
    W-4 $5,298.00 $5,620.80 $5,904.00 $6,173.40 $6,393.90 $6,608.70
    W-3 $4,949.10 $5,110.80 $5,297.70 $5,490.30 $5,836.50 $6,070.50
    W-2 $4,499.10 $4,661.70 $4,860.90 $5,016.30 $5,157.30 $5,325.90
    W-1 $4,144.20 $4,346.10 $4,545.00 $4,701.60 $4,845.30 $5,020.50
    E-9 (*4)$4,948.80$5,060.70$5,202.30$5,368.20$5,536.20$5,804.70
    E-8$4,230.00$4,341.00$4,473.90$4,618.20$4,878.00 $5,009.40
    E-7 $3,795.60 $4,004.70 $4,178.70 $4,297.50 $4,423.80 $4,472.70
    E-6 $3,408.60 $3,612.30 $3,674.40 $3,719.70 $3,772.50 $3,772.50
    E-5 $3,147.60 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20
    E-4 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40
    E-3 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00
    E-2 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50
    E-1 (*6)$-$-$-$-$-$-

    2016 Military Pay (22 to Over 32 Years)

    GRADEOVER 22OVER 24OVER 26OVER 28OVER 30OVER 32
    O-10 (*1)$16,150.50$16,486.80$17,071.50$17,071.50$17,925.30$17,925.30
    O-9 (*1)$14,259.90$14,552.10$15,062.40$15,062.40$15,816.00$15,816.00
    O-8 (*1) $13,647.30 $13,647.30 $13,647.30 $13,647.30 $13,989.00 $13,989.00
    O-7 (*1) $12,043.80 $12,043.80 $12,105.60 $12,105.60 $12,347.70 $12,347.70
    O-6 (*2) $10,106.70 $10,369.20 $10,877.70 $10,877.70 $11,094.90 $11,094.90
    O-5 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40
    O-4 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70
    O-3 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20
    O-2 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40
    O-1 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10
    O-3 (*3)$6,881.40$6,881.40$6,881.40$6,881.40 $6,881.40$6,881.40
    O-2 (*3)$5,488.50$5,488.50$5,488.50$5,488.50$5,488.50$5,488.50
    O-1 (*3)$4,643.70$4,643.70$4,643.70$4,643.70$4,643.70$4,643.70
    W-5$7,652.40$7,927.50$8,232.30$8,232.30$8,644.50$8,644.50
    W-4 $6,924.60 $7,184.10 $7,480.20 $7,480.20 $7,629.60 $7,629.60
    W-3 $6,210.30 $6,359.10 $6,561.60 $6,561.60 $6,561.60 $6,561.60
    W-2 $5,436.60 $5,524.50 $5,524.50 $5,524.50 $5,524.50 $5,524.50
    W-1 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50
    E-9 (*4)$6,032.10$6,270.90$6,636.90$6,636.90$6,968.40$6,968.40
    E-8$5,233.80$5,358.00$5,664.00$5,664.00$5,777.70 $5,777.70
    E-7 $4,637.10 $4,725.30 $5,061.30 $5,061.30 $5,061.30 $5,061.30
    E-6 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50
    E-5 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20
    E-4 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40
    E-3 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00
    E-2 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50

    2016 Military Pay (34 to Over 40 Years)

    GRADEOVER 34OVER 36OVER 38OVER 40
    O-10 (*1)$18,821.10$18,821.10$19,762.50$19,762.50
    O-9 (*1)$16,606.80$16,606.80$17,436.90$17,436.90
    O-8 (*1) $14,338.50 $14,338.50 $14,338.50 $14,338.50
    O-7 (*1) $12,347.70 $12,347.70 $12,347.70 $12,347.70
    O-6 (*2) $11,094.90 $11,094.90 $11,094.90 $11,094.90
    O-5 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40 $8,876.40
    O-4 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70 $7,526.70
    O-3 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20 $6,448.20
    O-2 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40 $4,739.40
    O-1 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10 $3,740.10
    O-3 (*3)$6,881.40$6,881.40$6,881.40 $6,881.40
    O-2 (*3)$5,488.50$5,488.50$5,488.50 $5,488.50
    O-1 (*3)$4,643.70$4,643.70$4,643.70 $4,643.70
    W-5$9,076.20$9,076.20$9,530.70$9,530.70
    W-4 $7,629.60 $7,629.60 $7,629.60 $7,629.60
    W-3 $6,561.60 $6,561.60 $6,561.60 $6,561.60
    W-2 $5,524.50 $5,524.50 $5,524.50 $5,524.50
    W-1 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50 $5,020.50
    E-9 (*4)$7,317.00$7,317.00$7,683.30$7,683.30
    E-8$5,777.70$5,777.70$5,777.70$5,777.70
    E-7 $5,061.30 $5,061.30 $5,061.30 $5,061.30
    E-6 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50 $3,772.50
    E-5 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20 $3,166.20
    E-4 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40 $2,483.40
    E-3 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00 $2,082.00
    E-2 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50 $1,756.50

    Notes:
    1.  Basic pay for an O-7 to O-10 is limited by Level II of the Executive Schedule. Basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by Level V of the Executive Schedule.
    2.  While serving as Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff/Vice Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff, Chief of Navy Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Army/Air Force Chief of Staff, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Commander of a unified or specified combatant command. (See note 1 above).
    3.  Applicable to O-1 to O-3 with at least 4 years and 1 day of active duty or more than 1460 points as a warrant and/or enlisted member. See Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations for more detailed explanation on who is eligible for this special basic pay rate.
    4.  For the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the AF, Sergeant Major of the Army or Marine Corps or Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS. Combat Zone Tax Exclusion for O-1 and above is based on this basic pay rate plus Hostile Fire Pay/Imminent Danger Pay which is $225.00.
    5. Applicable to E1 with 4 months or more active duty. Basic pay for an E-1 with less than 4 months active duty is $1,449.00.
    6. Basic pay for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $1,040.70.

    The military pay charts are for all U.S. Armed Forces personnel Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Reserves forces where applicable.

    Written by Veteran.com Team