IT’S MORE THAN JUST A SALARY

If you look at the basic military pay tables for a soldier you might be shocked at the low numbers but don't let that fool you. The basic pay for a soldier is only one part of the Army total compensation package that includes things like allowances for housing, total health care and more. See the tables below for comparisons to civilian jobs and then use the resources listed to figure it out for yourself.

Enlisted Soldier

 
Civilian Job
Police Patrol Officer
Army Job
Military Police Sergeant
Civilian Job
Police Patrol Officer
Army Job
Military Police Sergeant
FamilySingleSingleFamily of fourFamily of four
Rank/Years of serviceN/AE5 4 yrsN/AE5 4 yrs
Salary$52,259$32,800$52,259$32,800
Housing$0$14,292$0$17,640
Food Allowance$0$4,433$0$4,433
Tax Advantages$0$2,553$0$3,010
Health Care$9,044Included$20,604Included
NET INCOME$43,215$54,078$31,655$57,883

Officer

 
Civilian Job
Telecommunications Engineer II
Army Job
Signal Corps Officer
Civilian Job
Telecommunications Engineer II
Army Job
Signal Corps Officer
FamilySingleSingleFamily of fourFamily of four
Rank/Years of serviceN/AO2 4 yrsN/AO2 4 yrs
Salary$74,807$58,259$74,807$58,259
Housing$0$17,280$0$18,792
Food Allowance$0$3,053$0$3,053
Tax Advantages$0$5,735$0$6,161
Health Care$9,044Included$20,604Included
NET INCOME$65,763$84,327$54,203$86,265

Note: Above information is formulated for a single location of Kansas City, MO 64101 using the following sources. Please feel free to use these tools to calculate for other areas. Health Care cost is for a 21 year old and includes the average cost of deductibles.

Military Compensation - http://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/

Civilian Salary - http://swz.salary.com

Health Care costs - https://resources.ehealthinsurance.com/affordable-care-act/much-obamacare-cost-2017

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