2023 Military Pay Charts (Projected)

Updated: October 25, 2022

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    Here are the projected 2023 military pay charts. Troops may see a 4.6% pay increase in 2023, according to the Employment Cost Index (ECI) formula and the draft 2023 defense budget.

    Lawmakers use the ECI formula for wages and salaries to help determine final military pay increases each year. Final increases are subject to change based on the passage of the 2023 defense budget and negotiations between Congress and the White House.

    New pay rates are effective Jan. 1, 2023, and first show up on Jan. 14, 2023 paychecks. Monthly basic pay amounts are rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar.

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    2023 Military Pay Scale (Two to eight years in service)

    **Projected Increase, Not Final** The military Basic Pay raise under the automatic statutory ECI formula is 4.6%
    GradeLess than two years in serviceOver two years in serviceOver three yearsOver four yearsOver six yearsOver 8 years
    O-10 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    O-9 (*1)$12,170 $12,570 $12,834 $12,909 $13,238 $13,789
    O-8 (*1)$10,113 $10,582 $10,800 $10,974 $11,286 $11,595
    O-7 (*1)$7,669 $8,426 $8,978 $8,978 $9,012 $9,398
    O-6 (*2)$6,393 $7,202 $7,701 $7,794 $8,105 $8,292
    O-5$5,517 $6,385 $6,812 $6,907 $7,302 $7,726
    O-4$4,850 $5,498 $5,933 $6,470 $6,780 $7,120
    O-3 (*3)$4,191 $4,773 $5,497 $5,683 $5,799 $5,799
    O-2 (*3)$3,637 $3,787 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577
    O-1 (*3)$-$-$-$6,470 $6,780 $7,120
    O-3E (*4)$-$-$-$5,683 $5,799 $5,984
    O-2E (*4)$-$-$-$4,577 $4,887 $5,068
    O-1E (*4)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    W-5$5,012 $5,391 $5,546 $5,699 $5,961 $6,221
    W-4$4,577 $4,768 $4,964 $5,028 $5,232 $5,636
    W-3$4,050 $4,434 $4,551 $4,633 $4,894 $5,303
    W-2$3,555 $3,938 $4,041 $4,258 $4,515 $4,894
    W-1$-$-$-$-$-$-
    E-9$-$-$-$-$-$4,957
    E-8$3,446 $3,761 $3,906 $4,095 $4,245 $4,501
    E-7$2,980 $3,280 $3,425 $3,566 $3,712 $4,042
    E-6$2,730 $2,914 $3,055 $3,200 $3,424 $3,659
    E-5$2,503 $2,632 $2,774 $2,915 $3,039 $3,039
    E-4$2,260 $2,403 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548
    E-3$2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150
    E-2$1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917
    E-1 > 4 mos$-$-$-$-$-
    E-1 < 4 mos$-$-$-$-

    2023 Military Pay Scale (10 to 20 years in service)

    **Projected Increase, Not Final** The military Basic Pay raise under the automatic statutory ECI formula is 4.6%
    GradeOver 10 years in serviceOver 12 yearsOver 14 yearsOver 16 yearsOver 18 yearsOver 20 years
    O-10 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$17,842
    O-9 (*1)$-$-$-$-$-$17,201
    O-8 (*1)$13,918 $14,442 $14,593 $15,044 $15,696 $16,299
    O-7 (*1)$11,953 $12,309 $12,667 $13,789 $14,738 $14,738
    O-6 (*2)$9,450 $9,450 $9,987 $10,936 $11,493 $12,050
    O-5$8,701 $9,002 $9,390 $9,983 $10,265 $10,545
    O-4$8,255 $8,666 $8,951 $9,116 $9,210 $9,210
    O-3 (*3)$7,340 $7,702 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891
    O-2 (*3)$5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799
    O-1 (*3)$-$-$-$4,577 $4,577 $4,577
    O-3E (*4)$-$-$-$8,183 $8,421 $8,421
    O-2E (*4)$-$-$-$6,716 $6,716 $6,716
    O-1E (*4)$-$-$-$-$-$-
    W-5$-$-$-$-$-$8,912
    W-4$6,483 $6,877 $7,225 $7,554 $7,824 $8,088
    W-3$6,056 $6,254 $6,483 $6,718 $7,142 $7,429
    W-2$5,506 $5,705 $5,949 $6,139 $6,311 $6,518
    W-1$-$-$-$-$-$-
    E-9$-$-$-$-$-$7,103
    E-8$5,177 $5,312 $5,475 $5,652 $5,968 $6,130
    E-7$4,645 $4,901 $5,114 $5,258 $5,413 $5,473
    E-6$4,171 $4,420 $4,496 $4,551 $4,616 $4,616
    E-5$3,851 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874
    E-4$3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039
    E-3$2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548
    E-2$2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150
    E-1 > 4 mos$-$-$-$-$-$-
    E-1 < 4 mos$-$-$-$-$-$-

    2023 Military Pay Scale (22 to 32 years)

    **Projected Increase, Not Final** The military Basic Pay raise under the automatic statutory ECI formula is 2.7%
    GradeOver 22 years in serviceOver 24 yearsOver 26 yearsOver 28 yearsOver 30 yearsOver 32 years
    O-10 (*1)$17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842
    O-9 (*1)$17,449 $17,807 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842
    O-8 (*1)$16,700 $16,700 $16,700 $16,700 $17,119 $17,119
    O-7 (*1)$14,738 $14,738 $14,813 $14,813 $15,111 $15,111
    O-6 (*2)$12,368 $12,689 $13,310 $13,310 $13,577 $13,577
    O-5$10,862 $10,862 $10,862 $10,862 $10,862 $10,862
    O-4$9,210 $9,210 $9,210 $9,210 $9,210 $9,210
    O-3 (*3)$7,891 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891
    O-2 (*3)$5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799
    O-1 (*3)$4,577 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577
    O-3E (*4)$8,421 $8,421 $8,421 $8,421 $8,421 $8,421
    O-2E (*4)$6,716 $6,716 $6,716 $6,716 $6,716 $6,716
    O-1E (*4)$5,683 $5,683 $5,683 $5,683 $5,683 $5,683
    W-5$9,364 $9,701 $10,073 $10,073 $10,578 $10,578
    W-4$8,474 $8,792 $9,154 $9,154 $9,337 $9,337
    W-3$7,599 $7,781 $8,029 $8,029 $8,029 $8,029
    W-2$6,653 $6,760 $6,760 $6,760 $6,760 $6,760
    W-1$6,143 $6,143 $6,143 $6,143 $6,143 $6,143
    E-9$7,382 $7,673 $8,121 $8,121 $8,527 $8,527
    E-8$6,405 $6,556 $6,931 $6,931 $7,070 $7,070
    E-7$5,675 $5,782 $6,193 $6,193 $6,193 $6,193
    E-6$4,616 $4,616 $4,616 $4,616 $4,616 $4,616
    E-5$3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874
    E-4$3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039
    E-3$2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548
    E-2$2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150
    E-1 > 4 mos$1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917
    E-1 < 4 mos$-$-$-$-$-$-

    2023 Military Pay Scale (34 to 40 years)

    **Projected Increase, Not Final** The military Basic Pay raise under the automatic statutory ECI formula is 4.6%.
    GradeOver 34 years in serviceOver 36 yearsOver 38 yearsOver 40 years
    O-10 (*1)$17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842
    O-9 (*1)$17,842 $17,842 $17,842 $17,842
    O-8 (*1)$17,546 $17,546 $17,546 $17,546
    O-7 (*1)$15,111 $15,111 $15,111 $15,111
    O-6 (*2)$13,577 $13,577 $13,577 $13,577
    O-5$10,862 $10,862 $10,862 $10,862
    O-4$9,210 $9,210 $9,210 $9,210
    O-3 (*3)$7,891 $7,891 $7,891 $7,891
    O-2 (*3)$5,799 $5,799 $5,799 $5,799
    O-1 (*3)$4,577 $4,577 $4,577 $4,577
    O-3E (*4)$8,421 $8,421 $8,421 $8,421
    O-2E (*4)$6,716 $6,716 $6,716 $6,716
    O-1E (*4)$5,683 $5,683 $5,683 $5,683
    W-5$11,106 $11,106 $11,663 $11,663
    W-4$9,337 $9,337 $9,337 $9,337
    W-3$8,029 $8,029 $8,029 $8,029
    W-2$6,760 $6,760 $6,760 $6,760
    W-1$6,143 $6,143 $6,143 $6,143
    E-9$8,954 $8,954 $9,402 $9,402
    E-8$7,070 $7,070 $7,070 $7,070
    E-7$6,193 $6,193 $6,193 $6,193
    E-6$4,616 $4,616 $4,616 $4,616
    E-5$3,874 $3,874 $3,874 $3,874
    E-4$3,039 $3,039 $3,039 $3,039
    E-3$2,548 $2,548 $2,548 $2,548
    E-2$2,150 $2,150 $2,150 $2,150
    E-1 > 4 mos$1,917 $1,917 $1,917 $1,917
    E-1 < 4 mos$-$-$-$-

    E = Enlisted, W = Warrant Officer, O = Commissioned Officer.

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


    What is Military Basic Pay?

    Military basic pay is the amount of compensation a service member can expect without allowances, benefits, reenlistment bonuses, proficiency pay or other special pay.

    Military allowances like BAH (basic allowance for housing), BAS (basic allowance for subsistence) and other incentives increase service members’ overall compensation but are not included in basic pay.

    Rank and time in military service determine a service member’s basic pay. Each year you stay in uniform, the amount of your basic pay goes up until you reach the cap for that rank for time in service.

    At some levels, troops are not permitted to re-enlist if they do not get promoted (something called “High Year of Tenure” applies here depending on circumstances) Military pay charts reflect that – pay raises for each rank will cease after so many years in that military pay grade.

    How Basic Pay Increases are Determined

    Federal law has tied military basic pay raises to the Employment Cost Index (ECI) since 2003. But, Congress and the President can deviate from that rate by increasing or decreasing military pay.


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