Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

The average employee at U.S. Army takes home $57K per year. At U.S. Army, the biggest piece of the paycheck puzzle is geography — it impacts salary more than anything else — though your experience level and your role at the company each factor into the equation as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $102K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; San Antonio, Texas (around $60K), Colorado Springs, Colo. (about $55K), and Tacoma, Wash. ($50K) are the next top-paying cities. Those interested in increasing earning potential should avoid the city of Fort Hood, Texas — at $41K, salaries are some of the lowest in the country. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Virginia; salaries there average to $76K per year.

Years of Experience

For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach approximately $39K annually. Overall, the greater share of U.S. Army folks have five to nine years of experience and earn an average $50K per year.


Bringing in the most money are Army Officers — their earnings average around $79K annually. Logistics Managers are a close second at $72K along with Information Technology Specialists ($49K) and Intelligence Analysts (about $44K). Earning only around $31K on average, Soldiers make less than most people in the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach approximately $91K per year for Project Management Professionals; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Certified Information Systems Security Professional is rewarded with median pay of about $82K annually. At U.S. Army, employees who hold a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) receive the highest salaries at $114K.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Project Management among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of $87K per year. A relatively widespread skill at U.S. Army is Microsoft Office; roughly one in seven of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel.


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

Only one in three workers at U.S. Army enjoy paid vacation time, and just one in four employees can take sick leave. A 401(k) program is available, and more than a third of workers use it to save for retirement. At U.S. Army, most respondents have health insurance, and most workers have dental coverage. Other privileges include tuition reimbursement, life insurance, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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