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Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The average U.S. Army employee earns $61K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at U.S. Army fluctuate depending on your experience level; your job title and your city also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $54K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $42K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (28 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $68K annually on average.


Helicopter Pilots earn the highest median pay at around $80K per year, followed by Operations Managers (about $72K), Logistics Managers ($72K), and Information Technology Specialists ($54K). U.S. Army hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Diesel Mechanics (approximately $37K on average).


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($88K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Tacoma, Wash. (around $69K), San Antonio, Texas ($67K), and Fayetteville, N.C. (about $65K) are the next top-paying cities. El Paso, Texas is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $47K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of around $89K per year) in Virginia.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Project Management Professionals, who make $101K annually. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at approximately $92K per year. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Army pays those with a Master of Science (MS), Administration the most — $170K.


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 about $93K annually. A common skill in U.S. Army's work force is Microsoft Office; about a tenth of survey participants report using it on the job. Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel are also desirable skills.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

U.S. Army lets only 45 percent take paid vacation and only 38 percent take sick leave. More than two-fifths of workers participate in a 401(k) program. Perks cover health insurance for almost all workers and dental coverage for a large number of workers. U.S. Army also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Army


16 %
84 %
$28,801 - $77,066
$31,320 - $88,727
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

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based on 330 votes.

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