Benefit Fact Sheet
Basic Pay is the base salary for a Soldier on active duty and counts for part of total military income. Basic Pay is electronically distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month, similar to many civilian jobs. Basic Pay for a Soldier depends on length of service as well as rank (most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a private).
Army National Guard officers and enlisted Soldiers are eligible for Basic Pay while on federal active duty.
The 2023 basic pay tables reflect a 4.6% raise. Monthly Basic Pay rates for officers and enlisted Soldiers are shown on the Department of Defense Military Pay Tables .
Basic pay for an O-7 to O-10 is limited by Level II of the Executive Schedule During 2023 ($17,675.10)
Basic pay for O-6 and below is limited by Level V of the Executive Schedule in effect during 2023 (14,341.80)
Sergeant Major of the Army Basic Pay for 2023 is $9,786.00
Creditable service to be taken into account for purposes of this table is active service as an enlisted member or as a warrant officer or as both an enlisted member and a warrant officer, in the case of a commissioned officer on active duty who is paid from funds appropriated for active-duty personnel; or a commissioned officer on active Guard and Reserve duty. Effective November 24, 2003, creditable service to be taken into account for purposes of this table in the case of a commissioned officer is service as an enlisted member or as a warrant officer, or as both an enlisted member and a warrant officer, for which more than 1,460 points have been credited to the officer for the purposes of title 10, U.S.C. § 12732(a)(2). See DoD Financial Management Regulation for more detailed explanation on who is eligible for this special basic pay rate.
For more information, please visit the Military Members webpage maintained by Defense Finance and Accounting Services: https://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers.html
or the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations:
2023 Military Pay Charts:
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website: