2009 US Military Pay Chart


The Military Pay Chart for 2009 reflects a 3.9% pay raise.

There are many variables that affect the amount of an individual member's military pay and allowances, including special pays, so we are including links below for the various elements that make up your military compensation.

The pay for all branches of the U.S. armed forces is the same, based upon pay grade and time in service, so you can use this pay chart to determine Air Force pay, Army pay, Coast Guard pay, Marine pay and/or Navy pay.

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Active Duty Pay

Initial pay delay: Be aware that if you are just entering boot camp, it may take 4-8 weeks before your pay "kicks in," so you need to make sure you have enough saved to cover expenses for up to three months so you or your family can pay bills until your direct deposit starts.

Basic Pay is the fundamental component of your military salary package. All members receive Base Pay, which is typically the largest portion of your paycheck. Your military pay grade (generally the same as your military rank) and number of years of service determine the amount of military base pay received.

2009 Military Pay Tables - Basic Pay. (3.9% pay raise)

BAH rates.
Overseas Housing Allowance.
COLA - Overseas.
Per diem rates - CONUS.
Per diem rates - OCONUS, Overseas & Foreign.
Dislocation Allowance - DLA.
Mileage rates - POV.

Pay Dates for 2009

List of 2009 military paydays.

Reserve Drill Pay

2009 Reserve Pay for 4 Reserve Drills.

Retired Pay

Military Retirees and those receiving Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities can find a wealth of information here: Retired pay

Retirees' cost of living adjustment (COLA) is graduated based on date of retirement. For those retiring prior to January 1, 2008, the COLA for 2009 is 5.8%.

Pay for Prior Years

If you happen to need a copy of military pay rates for earlier years for some reason (such as locating the pay table in effect on the date of your retirement for calculating your military retirement pay, or on the date of your divorce for calculating the amount payable to a former spouse), those pay tables are available from DFAS also.

2008 Military Base Pay Charts. (3.5% pay raise)

Military Pay and Benefits Website sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness discusses the major elements of your compensation. Select the topic that interests you from one of the following topic areas:
  • Military Pay and Allowances discusses the basic elements of what is considered the military equivalent of private sector salaries, referred to as RMC, or Regular Military Compensation. These include basic pay (including Active Duty and Reserve pay tables), allowances for housing and subsistence, and tax advantage of the tax-free allowances.
  • Retirement discusses the various retirement systems currently in effect. In addition to explaining the rules regarding Final Pay, High-3 Year Average, and CSB/REDUX for active duty, calculators are available to demonstrate the potential income stream from these retirement systems and to assist those allowed to choose between High-3 and CSB/REDUX. The Reserve and disability retirement systems are described briefly.
  • Benefits section discusses the variety of benefits available, ranging from complete health care to commissary and exchange shopping.
  • Survivor Benefits section discusses the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RC-SBP).
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) discusses the Federal Government sponsored retirement savings and investment plan for members of the uniformed services.

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