Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

U.S. Army pays its employees $61K annually on average. Though how long you've been working and where you live are influential salary factors for those at U.S. Army, what you do at the company turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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The highest paychecks go to Helicopter Pilots, who earn an average around $89K per year, closely trailed by Operations Managers ($74K), Logistics Managers ($73K), and Human Resources Managers (approximately $63K). Earning only $39K on average, Soldiers make less than most people in the company.

Years of Experience

Average pay is about $53K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $41K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $68K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($95K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Fayetteville, N.C. (about $66K), San Antonio, Texas ($65K), and Tacoma, Wash. ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $50K, El Paso, Texas is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Virginia, where the average U.S. Army employee makes $91K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach $99K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $92K annually on average. It pays to have a Master of Science (MS), Administration at U.S. Army — these employees make the most at around $170K per year.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of approximately $93K annually. Microsoft Office is a popular skill among U.S. Army workers, with nearly one-eighth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership.


U.S. Army's employees who answered the questionnaire are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1).

Benefits and Perks

As part of compensation, U.S. Army gives paid vacation to 44 percent and paid sick leave to 36 percent. To plan for old age, just over two-fifths of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. For the vast majority of respondents, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage, too. U.S. Army also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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Key Stats for U.S. Army


16 %
84 %
$28,733 - $74,823
$31,083 - $89,466
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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