Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The average U.S. Army employee earns $61K per year. At U.S. Army, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is your job title — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level and your city each factor into the equation as well. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Bringing in the most money are Army Officers — their earnings average $96K annually. Helicopter Pilots are a close second at around $89K along with Operations Managers ($77K) and Logistics Managers (about $73K). U.S. Army hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Soldiers (approximately $38K on average).

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $54K per year. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $41K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of around $68K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($95K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Fayetteville, N.C. (about $68K), Tacoma, Wash. ($65K), and San Antonio, Texas ($65K) are the next top-paying cities. El Paso, Texas ranks low on the pay scale — at $49K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Virginia, where they average to $89K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Project Management Professional certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $101K annually and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded with median pay of around $89K per year. U.S. Army compensates Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (CE)-holders the most at $170K annually.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $93K per year. A garden variety skill at U.S. Army is Microsoft Office; approximately one in eight of U.S. Army's people use it regularly. Other skills in demand are Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Leadership.


The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; 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; 42 percent get paid vacation days, and one in three survey participants receive paid sick leave. More than two-fifths of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. At U.S. Army, a large number of employees have health insurance, and most respondents have dental coverage. Privileges also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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$28,964 - $73,330
$30,966 - $88,944
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