Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The average U.S. Army employee earns $57K per year. At U.S. Army, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your city — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your job title and your experience level each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($102K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; San Antonio, Texas (about $61K), Colorado Springs, Colo. ($56K), and Clarksville, Tenn. (around $55K) are the next top-paying cities. At $43K, Killeen, Texas is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Virginia, where they average to approximately $77K per year.


The highest average salaries go to Army Officers, who bring in close to $82K annually, though Logistics Managers are not far behind at $71K along with Information Technology Specialists (about $50K) and Intelligence Analysts (around $46K). U.S. Army hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Soldiers (approximately $29K on average).

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $39K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Army employees (29 percent) have five to nine years of experience and earn approximately $50K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $91K per year. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $84K annually. Employees who have a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) make the most here, hauling in about $114K per year.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Project Management; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $86K annually. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Office; on the survey, about a seventh of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Three more common skills are Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel.


The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

Only 35 percent at U.S. Army enjoy paid vacation time, and just 28 percent can take sick leave. More than a third of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Almost all survey participants report having health insurance, and most respondents report having dental coverage. The list of perks also includes tuition reimbursement, life insurance, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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