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$51,492$32,029$51,492$32,029
Housing$0$13,284$0$17,316
Food Allowance$0$4,420$0$4,420
Tax Advantages$0$3,124$0$3,835
Health Care$3,355Included$3,580Included
NET INCOME$48,137$52,856$47,912$57,600

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$74,633$56,894$74,633$56,894
Housing$0$16,776$0$17,496
Food Allowance$0$3,043$0$3,043
Tax Advantages$0$6,606$0$3,624
Health Care$3,355Included$7,090Included
NET INCOME$71,278$83,319$67,543$81,057

Note: Above information is formulated for a single location* using the following sources. Please feel free to use these tools to calculate for other areas.

Military Compensation - http://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/
Civilian Salary - http://swz.salary.com
Health Care costs - http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-costs/insurance-cost-calculator

* Location used: Kansas City, MO 64101

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