Monday, June 28, 2021

The Most Money You Can Make in the Army

What's the most money you can make in the Army a month? As of 2021, the answer is: $27,876.98 per month, $334,523.76 a year. This is including all possible special pays/incentives available in the United States Army. This is ridiculous and I don't think anyone is eligible for this pay, but it is fun to know. See below for the breakdown. Click on the specific pay to go see the reference website. Enjoy!

$16,608.30 - Basic Pay

  • First achievable at O-9 with 26 years of service.
  • Basic pay is limited to the rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule in effect during calendar year 2021, which is $16,608.30 per month for officers at pay grades O-7 through O-10.
    This includes officers serving as Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Chief of Space Operations, Commandant of the Coast Guard, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, or commander of a unified or specified combatant command (as defined in 10 U.S.C. 161(c)).

$6537.00 - Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

  • O 7 with DEPENDENTS

$256.68 - Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)

  • Flat rate for officers

Special Pays

$225 - Hostile Fire Pay (HFP) or Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) 

  • HFP and IDP may not be receive simultaneously.

$250 - Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP) 

  • Flying Duty, Crew Members - For performance of hazardous duty involving frequent and regular aerial flight as a crew member, and to induce members (other than, career aviators) to volunteer for flying duty assignments as crew members and to retain the required number of skilled crewmembers to man mission requirements. Payment ranges from $110 to $250 per month.

$3,000 - Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP) 

  • The Assignment Incentive Military Pay Program has become extremely popular and is the military's preferred way to compensate troops from all of the services for certain unusual and extended assignments. The pay cap was increased to $3000 a month Assignment Incentive Military Pay is taxable unless in a combat zone.

$1,000 - Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB)


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