Below is the 2011 military pay scale for the United States military in chart table format. Enlisted personnel are marked as 'E' grades ranging from E-1 to E-9. For those service branches recognizing a Warrant Officer rank, 'W' grades range from W-1 to W-5. Likewise Officers are scaled as O-1 to O-10. For those grades presented with symbols *, **, ***, or † refer to the corresponding notes at the bottom of each chart section. Pay is shown as monthly and without any benefits or bonuses added in. Past charts are available in the military pay chart index. View the United States Military Rank profiles, from lowest to highest.
† For the Sergeant Major of the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Senior Enlisted Advisor of the JCS, or Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, basic pay is $7,489.80.
Note: Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets / Midshipmen and ROTC members / applicants is $974.40.
* 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.
** Basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by Level V of the Executive Schedule in effect during Calendar Year 2011 which is $12,141.60.
*** Basic pay for an O-7 to O-10 is limited by Level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during Calendar Year 2011 which is $14,975.10. This includes officers serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commandand of the Marine Corps, Commandant of the Coast guard, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, or commander of a unified or specific combatant command (as defined in 10 U.S.C. 161(c)).
Note: Combat Zone Tax Exclusion of O-1 and above is based on the basic pay rate shown in † plus Hostile Fire Pay / Imminent Danger Pay which is $225.00.
Military BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)
BAH, as its name suggests, is an allowance provided by the United States military to eligible service members to help offset the cost of housing. The rate is determined by local rental markets and available when government-provided housing is not provided. The overseas equivalent to this is the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA). For the BAH, cost of utilities is factored in and a Rate Protection measure ensures that the service member will retain at least his/her support from the previous year on a year-to-year basis. Rates will also vary based on choice of housing and locale as the service member is free to choose where he/she will live based on individual family need(s).