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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; what you do at the company and where you live 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

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $42K annually on average. Average pay is $54K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest fraction of U.S. Army people (28 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and earn $68K annually on average.


Helicopter Pilots represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $80K per year — though Operations Managers, Logistics Managers, and Information Technology Specialists also do fairly well at approximately $72K, about $72K, and $54K, respectively. Diesel Mechanics make an average around $37K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($88K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Tacoma, Wash. (about $69K), San Antonio, Texas (approximately $67K), and Fayetteville, N.C. ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. El Paso, Texas is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $47K. Within the firm, employees working in Virginia take home the most — about $89K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals earn $101K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Earning a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of around $92K per year on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Science (MS), Administration; U.S. Army awards $170K to these degree-holders.


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. Folks here also tend to know Microsoft Office; on the survey, about one in ten of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of U.S. Army's employees who responded to the survey.

Benefits and Perks

Paid time off is scarce, with only about 45 percent receiving paid vacation and more than a third of workers receiving sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and more than two-fifths of workers use it to save for retirement. At U.S. Army, a large number of employees have health insurance, and a large number of respondents have dental coverage. Employees can also look forward to 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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 330 votes.
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