Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

Employees at U.S. Army make $62K annually on average. How long you've been working influences pay for U.S. Army workers the most, followed by geography and your role at the company. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Army typically pays:
below market
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Employer: U.S. Army
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Intelligence Analyst (34)
$23,014 - $81,801  
[-]Intelligence Analyst (34)
Salary$23,014 - $81,801  
Bonus$181.15 - $5,406  
Total Pay$23,014 - $81,801  
[+]Soldier (29)
$23,458 - $90,825  
[+]Soldier (29)
Salary$23,458 - $90,825  
Bonus$9.47 - $4,155  
Total Pay$23,458 - $90,825  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (21)
$23,757 - $93,993  
[+]Information Technology Specialist (21)
Salary$23,757 - $92,823  
Bonus$185.96 - $6,443  
Total Pay$23,757 - $93,993  
[+]Operations Manager (19)
$52,103 - $128,315  
[+]Operations Manager (19)
Salary$50,960 - $128,315  
Bonus$428.59 - $14,199  
Total Pay$52,103 - $128,315  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $42K per year on average. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $54K annually. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of U.S. Army employees (28 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn around $68K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $95K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Tacoma, Wash. ($70K), San Antonio, Texas ($67K), and Fayetteville, N.C. (around $65K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average ($45K) in El Paso, Texas, one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. Army workers in Virginia earn the most — approximately $90K per year on average.


The highest paychecks go to Intelligence Officers, who earn an average $80K annually, closely trailed by Operations Managers (about $74K), Logistics Managers ($72K), and Information Technology Specialists ($54K). With salaries averaging about $37K, Diesel Mechanics are among the lowest paid at U.S. Army.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals earn approximately $102K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials; these people earn around $89K annually on average. The best paid folks at U.S. Army have a Master of Science (MS), Administration, earning $167K per year.


Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $92K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Office; nearly one in ten consider it a key competency. Other top skills include 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

Paid time off is in short supply here, with only 45 percent receiving paid vacation and two in five workers receiving paid sick days. Just over two-fifths of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. For the vast majority of survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage, too. A few more workplace perks are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

Key Stats for U.S. Army


16 %
84 %
$28,752 - $76,376
$31,720 - $89,864
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 340 votes.
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