Average Salary for U.S. Army Employees

A salary of $56K annually is the median rate at U.S. Army. The most important factor affecting pay for U.S. Army employees is geography, though how long you've been working and your role at the company play a role as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $101K per year) can be spotted in Washington, DC; San Antonio, Texas ($59K), Colorado Springs, Colo. (around $52K), and Tacoma, Wash. (approximately $50K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Killeen, Texas at $43K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Virginia, where they average to $72K annually.

Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $39K per year on average. The largest slice of the U.S. Army workforce (30 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $50K annually.


Army Officers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $79K per year on average; Logistics Managers are next on the list, bringing in close to $71K, followed by Information Technology Specialists earning approximately $47K and Intelligence Analysts making about $44K. Among the lower-paid positions at U.S. Army are Soldiers — the median salary for this role approaches approximately $31K.

Certifications and Degrees

Project Management Professionals receive bigger paychecks ($89K annually) than those without credentials. Certified Information Systems Security Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $85K per year. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Army pays those with a Master of Engineering (MEng / ME) the most — $114K.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Project Management; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of $86K annually. A skill that is commonly seen around here is Microsoft Office; nearly one-seventh deem it necessary for work. Some other standard skills here are Operations Management, Leadership, and Microsoft Excel.


Employees who completed the survey skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

One in three survey participants have paid vacation, and only about one in four respondents can take paid time off for illness. Roughly one in three workers plan for retirement by taking advantage of the company-sponsored 401(k) program. The vast majority of workers have health insurance, and benefits for most workers also include dental insurance. Some other advantages of working at U.S. Army are tuition reimbursement, life insurance, gym membership, and relocation expenses.

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