Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

A typical U.S. Army employee can expect to make $61K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for U.S. Army workers, followed by your job title and where you live. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: U.S. Army
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Intelligence Analyst (32)
$21,647 - $65,436  
[-]Intelligence Analyst (32)
Salary$21,569 - $63,339  
Bonus$71.11 - $3,289  
Total Pay$21,647 - $65,436  
[+]Soldier (30)
$22,977 - $88,137  
[+]Soldier (30)
Salary$22,977 - $88,137  
Bonus$27.00 - $4,536  
Total Pay$22,977 - $88,137  
[+]Operations Manager (20)
$52,664 - $128,019  
[+]Operations Manager (20)
Salary$51,276 - $128,019  
Bonus$420.18 - $16,604  
Total Pay$52,664 - $128,019  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (17)
$23,387 - $91,738  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (17)
Salary$23,387 - $81,601  
Total Pay$23,387 - $91,738  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 990
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Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years tend to make $54K. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $42K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $67K per year.


Typically, Operations Managers are the best paid with salaries hovering at around $78K; Logistics Managers, Human Resources Managers, and Information Technology Specialists also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $71K, $63K, and approximately $58K, respectively. Diesel Mechanics at U.S. Army do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($37K) at the company.


Median pay is highest in Washington, DC ($85K annually), followed by Tacoma (around $80K), San Antonio (about $72K), and Fayetteville ($64K). At about $50K, Killeen is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Virginia offers the highest pay at $90K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach around $101K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded at approximately $81K annually. The best paid folks at U.S. Army have a Master of Science (MS), Administration, earning $167K per year.


Skill-wise, employees who report Project Management as part of the toolkit report the most money, earning $93K on average. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; one-tenth consider it a key competency. Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership are also desirable skills.


Men are more likely to work at U.S. Army than women, given the more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Army has room for improvement — only one-half of workers are paid for vacation and sick time. Just over two-fifths of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Almost all workers report having health insurance, and the greater part of workers report having dental coverage. Perks also include life insurance, gym membership, tuition reimbursement, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Army


16 %
84 %
$27,611 - $77,521
$33,541 - $89,099
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

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