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Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The median income for U.S. Army employees is $62K per year. Your experience level influences pay for U.S. Army workers the most, followed by geography and your role at the company. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

How This Employer Pays

U.S. Army typically pays:
below market
Similar employers pay:
below market
Employer: U.S. Army
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Intelligence Analyst (32)
$22,279 - $65,436  
[-]Intelligence Analyst (32)
Salary$22,223 - $63,339  
Bonus$57.30 - $2,191  
Total Pay$22,279 - $65,436  
[+]Soldier (27)
$23,607 - $89,659  
[+]Soldier (27)
Salary$23,607 - $89,659  
Bonus$11.34 - $3,696  
Total Pay$23,607 - $89,659  
[+]Operations Manager (19)
$52,537 - $128,315  
[+]Operations Manager (19)
Salary$51,077 - $128,315  
Bonus$412.30 - $13,128  
Total Pay$52,537 - $128,315  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (16)
$23,270 - $92,426  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (16)
Salary$23,270 - $82,214  
Bonus$445.66 - $9,006  
Total Pay$23,270 - $92,426  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 992
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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can typically make about $43K. A tenure of five to ten years results in average pay of $54K. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Army folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn approximately $67K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($88K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Tacoma ($73K), San Antonio (around $72K), and Fayetteville ($63K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of El Paso — at $52K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. By state, Virginia offers the highest pay at approximately $89K annually.


Operations Managers earn the highest median pay at $75K, followed by Senior Human Resources Managers (around $75K), Logistics Managers (about $71K), and Human Resources Managers (around $60K). Earning only about $42K, Intelligence Analysts make less than most people in the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks (approximately $101K) than those without credentials. Becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $81K. At U.S. Army, employees who hold a medical degree receive the highest salaries at $148K.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $95K. A common skill in U.S. Army's work force is Microsoft Office; nearly one in ten of survey participants report using it on the job. Other skills in demand are Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership.


U.S. Army's employees are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Army has room for improvement — only half of workers are paid for vacation and sick time. To plan for old age, more than two-fifths of workers maintain savings accounts through the company's 401(k) plan. U.S. Army provides health insurance to nearly all workers, and a strong majority of workers do receive dental coverage. U.S. Army employees also enjoy perks such as life insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats

16 %
84 %
$28,178 - $78,811
$33,847 - $88,276
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

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