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2011 Enlisted Military Basic Pay Chart 

(Effective January 1st, 2011)

The proposed 2011 raise would match the projected increase in the Employment Cost Index, a Labor Department measurement of private-sector wage growth. For 11 consecutive years, including this year, Congress set annual military raises half a percentage point above the increase in the ECI in order to whittle a perceived gap between average military and private-sector pay that supposedly has existed since 1982 and peaked in 1999.

If approved by Congress, it would be the smallest annual military pay raise since the birth of the all-volunteer force in 1973, a reflection of the lingering recession’s dampening effect on wage growth and living costs. The next-smallest raise in the volunteer era was a 2 percent increase in 1988.

In contrast, the pay raise for this year, which took effect Jan. 1, was a robust 3.4 percent.
Note: The amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.

2011 Basic Enlisted Pay Rates


 Pay Grade
Years of Service
Less than 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4
Over 6

E-9

E-8

E-7

2651

2893

3004

3150

3265

E-6

2292

2522

2634

2742

2854

E-5

2101

2241

2349

2460

2633

E-4

1925

2024

2134

2242

2338

E-3

1738

1848

1960

1960

1960

E-2

1653

1653

1653

1653

1653

E-1

1475

1475

1475

1475

1475

E-1 with less than 4 months of service

1364

Pay Grade
Years of Service
Over 8
Over 10
Over 12
Over 14
Over 16

E-9

4658

4764

4896

5053

E-8

3813

3982

4086

4211

4346

E-7

3461

3572

3770

3933

4045

E-6

3109

3208

3399

3458

3501

E-5

2814

2962

2980

2980

2980

E-4

2338

2338

2338

2338

2338

E-3

1960

1960

1960

1960

1960

E-2

1653

1653

1653

1653

1653

E-1

1475

1475

1475

1475

1475

Pay Grade
Years of Service
Over 18 Over
20
Over
22
Over
24
Over
26

E-9

5210

5463

5677

5903

6246

E-8

4591

4715

4926

5042

5331

E-7

4163

4209

4364

4447

4763

E-6

3551

3551

3551

3551

3551

E-5

2980

2980

2980

2980

2980

E-4

2338

2338

2338

2338

2338

E-3

1960

1960

1960

1960

1960

E-2

1653

1653

1653

1653

1653

E-1

1475

1475

1475

1475

1475






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