Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The median income for U.S. Army employees is $61K annually. U.S. Army paychecks are largely negotiated based on what you do at the company, though how long you've been working and your city are also considered. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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The highest paychecks go to Helicopter Pilots, who earn an average approximately $89K per year, closely trailed by Operations Managers ($74K), Logistics Managers (around $73K), and Human Resources Managers ($63K). Financial compensation for Soldiers is rather low — on average only $39K — relative to the rest of the company.

Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make about $41K annually on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $53K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (29 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $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. (around $66K), San Antonio, Texas (about $65K), and Tacoma, Wash. (approximately $65K) are the next top-paying cities. El Paso, Texas is near the bottom for pay at $50K. By state, U.S. Army employees make the most in Virginia, earning approximately $91K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to about $99K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded with median pay of $92K annually. U.S. Army workers who hold a Master of Science (MS), Administration are also well compensated, earning $170K on average.


Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $93K per year. A common skill in U.S. Army's work force is Microsoft Office; one in eight of survey participants report using it on the job. Key skills also include Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership.


At U.S. Army, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The benefits packages at U.S. Army can sometimes lack paid time off; 44 percent get paid vacation days, and 36 percent receive paid sick leave. Just over two-fifths of workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. Almost all employees receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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$28,733 - $74,823
$31,083 - $89,466
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