Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: Military pay?
Most who have nice rides are single and their housing is covered/mostly covered.
Pay isn't great, but housing benifits, etc can add up, so can combat pay.
An E-1, lowest rank earns $1,399 a month, or $16,788 a year, pretty much minimum wage. An E-1 is basically someone in basic training (and AIT???). Once you are graduate you start as an E-2 which is $18,816 a year.
I can't remember what all of the E grades equate to. I believe it is.
E-1 = Private
E-2 = Private 2nd class
E-3 = PFC
E-4 = Corporal or Spc.
E-5 = Sgt. $23,922 a year
E-6 = Staff Sgt.
E-7 = Sgt. 1st class
E-8 = 1st Sgt. or Master Sgt.
E-9 = Sgt. Major
Something to consider is that is starting, if you have a few years in it is higher, as an example an E-5 as I mentioned starts at $23,922 a year, but after 10 years of service in it is $33,732 a year.
Officers of course make more. An O-1, 2nd Lt., makes $31,866 a year starting, a Cpt. makes $42,480 a year. Again, all starting pays.
Benifits can add up to a lot, especially with a family.
There is also a conversion from GS to Military grade (GS is civil service pay grade, called General Schedule). Civilian pays a lot better, an O-5 Major is the equivelent to a GS-13. The O-5 starting pay is $55,992 a year, the GS-13 is $70,615 a year.
Of course by the time your a major you probably have a lot more then 0 time in the service, where as in the GS system every time you get a bump the calculation for your pay resets to the base of that grade (IE a new GS-13 starts at that $70,615 a year, plus locality pay. The O-5 starts at what his time in service is, probably 6-12 years which might be $70,000+, plus benifits like housing, combat pay etc).
At any rate, I'll just say with 5 years in the civilian side of things I make a lot more then pretty much anyone in the military would make after 5 years no matter how good they are. This is pretty much including all possible benifits.