Historical Military Pay Charts 1949 to 2022Updated: May 30, 2022
Seeing how much service members were paid in the past provides a small glimpse of military and economic history.
Check out these military pay charts, archived by the Defense Finance Accounting and Service (DFAS), to see how military pay today compares to what service members made in the past.
These charts are based on basic pay, which is the primary compensation offered to United States Armed Forces members. The Department of Defense raises service member pay rates annually to accommodate cost of living increases.
Some military members may earn more depending on various allowances and special or incentive pay.
Click on each pay table link to see a detailed .pdf chart.
Historical Military Pay Charts
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